Skazka resto in Calgary
I have to agree with Yen. Skazka does not deliver upon its promise as a "fine dining" establishment. The food and the service are all below average, while the desserts and cappucinos/lattes are sadly lacking -talk about ending a meal on a poor note! The food is overpriced for what you get and I have not felt that it's always been on the freshest side either. At an average price of $25-$30 an entree, it's not worth it. My suggestion would be to stick to the appetizers (they are far better than the entrees and not as outrageously expensive), order a variety and come in on a Friday or Saturday night for the live music.
I went a week before Christmas with 3 other friends for a quick dinner, and found that it was somewhat inconsistent. The room itself was actually very nice - great decor (if a little bit red), very comfortable, super clean. It's surprisingly large (the frontage for the restaurant isnt an accurate representation of the size of the restaurant).
The food was good - fresh ingredients, decent sized portions, i didnt have any real complaints. Sauces were quite heavy and rich - a *lot* of butter. It was a bit much for me, but it wasnt inconsistent with other "non-baltic" Russian-type cuisine i've had in the past. I had the Sturgeon, which was quite fresh, and got to sample the Pyroghy's, and the Pelmini as well. The fourth order was Salmon. Quantity was a bit lacking, but they were all fairly well constructed. A bit on the pricey side, nevertheless, it wasnt too bad.
The service was inconsistent. Our appetizers were delivered fairly promptly, but the real issue lay with the entree's. Our orders were brought a bit slowly, but within reason. Then we were told that one of the entree's had been brought to our table by mistake, and this would be corrected. The server took the one entree away (the Salmon), and returned 10 minutes later with another entree - which my friend had not actually ordered. After a bit of disagreement with the server, he went back to the kitchen to discover that the original dish brought out was in fact the correct dish, but sadly, it had been given away to another table already (there were only 3 tables that night). A new order would have to be prepared... which took another 30 minutes. We had finished our meals, as they were starting to get quite cold, so my friend had to dine alone. No apologies, no attempt to rectify the situation via an offer of coffee, dessert, no discount off the bill, nothing - something i deem to be unacceptable for a restaurant trying to position itself in the "fine dining" segment of the market. The gratuity was adjusted to demonstrate our displeasure. Total time for our "quick" meal was over 2 hours.
Speaking to some Russian and Ukrainian friends, there has been a very mixed response as well. Some feel they could eat there every day they liked it so much - others found it to be very mediocre. I havent been able to get much of a consensus on it.
Overall, i'd say the atmosphere was nice, the food was average value, and the service was below average.
I know it's a bit wishy washy (im a bit sleep deprived at the moment, and all over the place mentally speaking), but i hope it helps.