Babushka cooking is coming to Knightsbridge this year with the launch of Mari Vanna. Diners will be transported into a Russian home where shelves are adorned with matryoshka dolls, trinkets and tchotchke. A traditional Russian Pechka oven is a focal point for a dining room of high ceilings adorned with elaborate chandeliers.

Mari Vanna is co-owned by Vadim Lapin & Dmitry Sergeyev, founders of restaurant and hospitality holding company Ginza Project, and Quintessentially co-founder Luca Del Bono and the team will be serving up their trademark Russian dishes with influences stretching from Armenia to Georgia and Uzbekistan.

The menu features traditional dishes such as Pelmeni, pillow-like Russian veal dumplings with a light herb sauce, Mari Vanna’s signature Borsch with Pampushka (that’s beef in case you’re wondering), Harcho (a rich Georgian lamb soup with rice, Adjika (a spicy tomato sauce) and Ukrainian Galubtzi (cabbage leaves encasing spiced meat and rice).

And no Russian establishment would be complete without an impressive range of vodkas plus cocktails like the Moscow Mojito made with oat and honey infused vodka, fresh key lime juice, and muddled chocolate mint.

Mari Vanna hails from St Petersburg, where legend has it that a mythical woman named Mari Vanna welcomed guests and travellers into her kitchen for home cooked dishes. However, it’s now become a chain with sister restaurants located in Moscow, St Petersburg and New York. Regulars will receive the mysterious ‘Mari Vanna Key’ which unlocks all sorts of special offers on Mondays – in all the MV restos in all the world! Stay tuned…

Opening early 2012

116 Knightsbridge, SW1, 0207 581 5920

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