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“Groupon gone great”
Review of Sobranie Bar & Restaurant - CLOSED

Sobranie Bar & Restaurant
Price range: US$9 - US$29
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighbourhood: Pimlico
Description: Russian restaurant in Central London with live music, karaoke and home made foodOpen from 4pm till late, Monday - Saturday
Reno NV
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Groupon gone great”
Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

Amazing food in a strip mall.
We could not have been more please with food. We had 2 starters 2 mains and 2 desserts. Makes me want to visit Russia for the food.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank MexicoDawn
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Friendly, Authentic & Good Value”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

The decor of this place - wood panelled walls, russian dolls, landscape paintings and disco lights even in the daytime - could seem over-the-top kitsch. That is, unless you've been out for dinner in Moscow, where this would look rather restrained. It is authentic. This place is run by Russians, for Russians. When we last ate there I guess 80% of the diners were Russian-speaking.

Sitting on the edge of Belgravia in a slightly out of the way location (underneath an office building, next to the coach station) it seemed to me that when Sobranie first opened it was priced for the West end market, but too far off the beaten track to really thrive on that basis. Recently they have cut the prices on the a la carte quite a bit and added some good fixed price menus, which I think makes it much better value (as the food has stayed the same) and probably works a lot better in this location. Of the three good Russian restaurants in London, Sobranie is now cheaper than the other two, with cuisine definitely better than one of them.

The menu has a wide range of traditional Russian dishes. Other than occasional borrowings from Georgian cuisine (the khachapuri is very good) it is more authentically Russian than many - without realising it, one is often eating Czech, Hungarian or Georgian dishes when served something 'Russian'. The french influence on Russian cuisine is very evident here; when eating the rabbit stew or chicken kiev could you easily be in Paris.

A wide range of starters and 'compliments to vodka' is a strength of the menu. If you have time, and the inclination, for a good vodka with a couple of dishes, I advise you to take your time over the tapas-like selection of small hot and cold plates. Of the soups, the borscht is the best, and best ordered with the 'extra meat' option. The caviar is good and fresh, best taken with blinis, sour cream and cold vodka.

All the classic main dishes - Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev, Sturgeon, Kotlety, Siberian Pelmeni - are here. Having been here a few times we have tried and liked all of them. I would have to nominate the chicken kiev as one if the standouts - a fillet of chicken, beaten flat and very thin, then rolled around the garlic stuffing and lightly fried, it is totally different to the stodgy stuffed lump of chicken this dish can often be, and much more delicate.

The desserts are good, but the range a bit limited. This is the one area of the menu I would nominate for improvement. The Kartoshka (means potato, but is actually a large slightly alcoholic truffle) is good, as is the Napoleon cake. Some Pechenie Yablokie (spiced baked apples) or wonderful Ladushki (thick, very light small pancakes) with sour cream and syrup or jam would put the dessert course on a par with the rest of the menu.

Obviously, the range of spirits is good. They have a proper Russian beer - Baltika - worth trying. Authentically Russian, the wine list seems rather odd to English taste - average whites, erring towards the sweet, and a range of very sweet Georgian reds.

The service is good and the staff are friendly. Stingyness is not a big part of Russian culture, so tip generously if you're planning to go back.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank parabisiaque
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Dandenong, Australia
1 review
“First Russian meal”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Really enjoyed the food and the decor. Have been staying in London for 1 week this meal so far has been the best and really liked pancake with cottage cheese for dessert. Would recommend trying this restaurant for something different.

Visited August 2013
Thank Lisadandenong
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Level Contributor
215 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“sort of authentic.”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Visited with Russian friend who loved the food & said it was authentic atmosphere.
Food - hmmm - to my taste was ok - just. Russian beer - tick. Russian vodka - tick. Wine - not tick - low quality.
Staff very friendly.
Is like a cafe in a shopping centre. Bright lights. Thumping disco music. Kitsch decor.
An interesting evening. That I am not sure I would repeat without russian friends.
Tastecard = 50% off food - tick, Shame most of our spend was on beer & vodka - not tick.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Stephen-London-N16
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Level Contributor
48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good if you are in the area and want to try something different.”
Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

Visited last night with a groupon voucher for the Russian experience. Staff were very helpful and polite and explained that we could order anything from the menu exept the sturgeon and the fruit and that the service charge is not included in the groupon price. The interior looks good. We started with the pancake and red caviar, very tasty, I just wish there was more of it. Two shots of vodka came at the same time included in the deal.
A bottle of red/white wine is also included, and the wine (I'm not that fussy about wine) was a french house white, a kind of wine that can be picked up in supermarket in Calais for 3 euros a bottle. Starters wise, I had the Russian soup with smoked meats (quite tasty for me), a savoury broth with pieces of smoked ham, and slices of salamis and sausage. My better half, grilled halloumi cheese with salad. Ordinary.
Mains were a panfried seabass (a touch small the fillet but really enough for one portion) with yet another salad on the side, thank god the desertdidn'thave any saladleaves with it otherwise we could have turned into goats.The fish was tasty and well cooked.I had the Russian goulash, a beef and vegetable stew served inside a big loaf of bread. Quite salty and thick, needed something to lift it up, but tasty. The bread in which it was served was heavy and dry, and on second thought I would have preferred the stew in a bowl and slices of toasted, buttered bred on the side.
For desert the walnut and honey cake was briliant, and the Russian ''Napoleon'' cake needed some work. Dry layered pastry, with this one you're in trouble should you have weaker dentures.
To summarize, I might go again and try different things next time if I'm in the area, a 3hour round trip it's not worthed, I can get the same (obviously not Russian) quality closer to home.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Grogoman
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