Anna Karenina infatuation is upon us, whether we are prepared to admit that Keira looks rather fetching in fur coats, or not.
And so we could not resist...
~ A sparkling dinner in awe of Anna, Russian love of drama and 19th century cupidity for all things French ~
On 9 October 7pm we are inviting you to experience the food and ambiance of Karenina's tempestuous times in the gorgeous setting of Mari Vanna restaurant: chandeliers, lacy dollies and fading black and white photographs. The refined cosiness par excellence.
Our inspiration for food is Tolstoy's novels and the craze that engulfed Russians at that time for France and its culture. With our own Russian Revels twist bien sur, such as (but not limited to):
* Zakuski (Russian mezes) on a train - how could we not!
* The original Olivier salad with cray fish, game and home-made mayonnaise
* Intense bouillon with quenelles of shredded beef and parsley
* The flaming cake with Princess Shcherbatskaya's Kiev style raspberry jam - Tolstoy family's recipe
As always, there will be little games to get the party going - trains, gloves of mesdames, powder and frenchified Russian may just be involved...
Your best silks and furs are very much encouraged. Gentlemen with suitably Tolstoy-ian facial hair - real or not so much - will get a shot of vodka from yours truly.
The dinner is £39 (plus £2.73 booking fee), which will include a lovely welcoming cocktail, a generous 5 course meal and the games.
30 seats only.
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Sumptuous, different and divine. Great value and fun in every way.
Mungo attended in October 2012,
reviewed on 10 October 2012
Having experienced a small taster of the fun and delights of Russian Revels at a lovely 'mingling' event a few weeks ago - it was with gusto that I booked a pair of tickets to this night.
It was everything advertised and more. The food was wonderful in its own right, but surrounded by interesting company and the hosting of Katrina and Karina the night was elevated in to much more than the food alone.
The surroundings and decor of Mari Vanna in Knightsbridge couldn't have been better suited with polka dot and white plimsol attired waitresses bringing a touch of ever so slightly kinky old-school Russia style to the serving. The candles, crockery, chandeliers and melted wax on the tables transported us back to the days of Anna Karenina as we descended to the private dining room of London's finest Russian restuarant...
The hosts accomodated a lactose-intolerant friend of mine with aplomb, as they did vegetarians and the modern mix of variety of dietary challenges. Every dish was introduced with romance and history - matched with outstanding quality - making the evening being something rather special.
Plus who needs an excuse to put on the purple velvet, fures and diamonds and experience a little of the life the Tzars before their fall?
A big thumbs up from a new-school fan of these nights. More please!