After visitng the Romaov exhibition at the Pinacotheque my wife thought we should continue our Russian experience with a meal. Our hotel suggested this place so we booked a table for two for a Sunday night. It was also nice to be in the Montmartre area again. The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived at 19.30 and remained so until we left at 21.00 when a party of three arrived. The owner didn't look particularly pleased to see us - he spent most of his time talking to cronies at the bar and tried to put us in a tight little corner with hardly room to move. We suggested another table and he waved his hand haphazardly.. We evetually got served and ordered bortsch and a couple of main dishes with a glass of vodka. The vodka arrived promptly and also the bortsch which was very good. We congratulated the owner/waiter on the soup and were rewarded with a grunt.. The main dishes were also good being freshly prepared and tasty. The dessert was simple but also tasty. At no time did the the owner/waiter (he spoke Russian) ask if we had enjoyed the meal or show any interest in our comfort. We had to winkle him out from his cronies to get the bill and when we left there was no attempt to open the door for us or to wish us 'bon soir'. Rarely have we felt so unwelcome in a place. A pity becasue it could ave been a very agreeable experience. the decor was what might be expected, pictures of the last tsar and tsarina etc. We'll go to the competition next time.
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