First of all, the price is mentioned nowhere but the breakfast buffet for customers who do not stay at the hotel is 2000 rubles (~40€), which is certainly not cheap but considering the content it is a great treat!
I've made the reservation for me and my wife via the hotel's website. We were welcomed by a head waitress who politely informed us that all places were taken by hotel customers. She took us to the mezzanine cafe and we were informed that our table was ready in less than 5 minutes, even before we could take a sip from our coffee (This is certainly not a complaint but a positive example of how swiftly the staff dealt with that situation).
The hall was grandiose and the air was filled with smooth sound of piano played on stage. The buffet was exactly like the way a luxurious hotel buffet should be: quality sparkling wine refilled constantly, rich and well-organized tables of fresh fruit, cheese, cured meat and fish, variety of juices, fresh pastries and bread. There was also a section where you could get blinis with (farmed) caviar and omelet prepared on order. Room at the corner of the hall is where the warm stuff like variety of sausages, steamed vegetables, salmon and beef stragonoff were. After one too many plates, we finished our breakfast with a cup of espresso while enjoying ourselves once again in front of the fireplace at the mezzanine cafe.
The service was good, attentive but not tiring. One point of possible improvement: We are not fans of sweets so we didn't mind but, compared to the rest, the dessert buffet was relatively poor with only a few choices of sweet pastry and a mediocre cheesecake. Those with a tooth for sweets would leave this place less than satisfied.
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