Mari Vanna
116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London, SW1X 7PJ
Latest critic review: January 02, 2013
Critics' score: 7.5 out of 10

Following on from successful openings in Moscow, St Petersburg and New York, Mari Vanna is an all-day restaurant bringing authentic Russian cuisine to Londoners.

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Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on January 02, 2013
"Both main courses were ideal winter warmers. “Really good, big flavour,” said my friend of golubtzi, two rectangular slabs of cabbage leaf-wrapped rice, pork and veal, covered with a luridly orange tomatoey sauce." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on June 27, 2012
"If someone else was paying, I would so go back. Because I am A Girl, and I defy even the most minimally inclined member of my sex not to come over all gooey in Mari Vanna." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on June 23, 2012
"There was a beef stroganoff that was not as good as mine – too creamy and inadequately soured – but still quite excellent, and some baked spicy chicken which is always nice, let’s face it. But might as well have been the Russian equivalent of Chicken Cottage (Hen Dacha?)." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6.5
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on May 27, 2012
"Nick’s beef stroganoff with kasha was a little meagre and a bit thin, but the kasha — buckwheat porridge — with mushrooms was brilliant. This is sometimes called the soul of Russia; woody and nutty, it has the dark, feral flavour of tilth and rust and sappy cold air." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on May 20, 2012
"Mari Vanna, named after a fictional hostess, is what it is: a kitsch and loving take on the culinary traditions of Russia." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
John Lanchester Guardian
Reviewed on May 19, 2012
"It is the busiest, cosiest, homeliest, least restaurant-like restaurant imaginable. The very obvious idea is to target well-off nostalgic former citizens of the old country... The food is wonderful, too, in its way – its very, very Russian way." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Richard & Peter Harden's
Reviewed by April 26, 2012
"Taken individually, the dishes were all pretty good – highlights included a crab with salad and poached egg, and the pierogi were tasty too." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 7
Time Out Editors Time Out
Reviewed on April 26, 2012
"Western ideas of Russian food may still conjure proletarian staples and bleak surroundings, but Mari Vanna combines great service, good cooking and a cosy, charming interior." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Tim Hayward Financial Times
Reviewed on April 21, 2012
"But, in a way, that sums up the Mari Vanna experience. The “home-cooked” food is of extremely high quality. The service is cheerfully informal yet blisteringly professional." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 12, 2012
"...drinking shots of vodkas plain and flavoured from the encouragingly long list and eating herring with new potatoes, irresistible Georgian khachapuri (pillowy bread filled with Suluguni cheese), pirogi (savoury pastries)... is probably the way to get the best from Mari Vanna." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6

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Address116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London, SW1X 7PJ
Telephone number 0207 225 3122
Telephone numberAverage price: Expensive

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