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MARI VANNA ON MELROSE PLACE - RUSSIAN FOOD

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Has anyone been to Mari Vanna? Interested in thoughts. Thanks.

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  1. Might correct your subject line, as it is on Melrose Place.
    but definitely have not been there.

    1. Due to a babysitting scheduling gaffe, I was fated to add this restaurant to my reviews (with photos) on this board, but could not.

      Alas, the fates are cruel...

      An incomplete consolation prize: kevineats tried it a while back:

      http://www.kevineats.com/2013/07/mari...

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      1. re: J.L.

        Looks worth a try.

      2. www.marivanna.ru/la

        "Website under construction"

        Note to restaurant owners: no need for fancy flash effects, music, singing and/or panoramic views; but could you please at least post hours of operation? Thanks!

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        1. re: OscarFox

          Just for fun I took a look at the website http://www.marivanna.ru/ny/ for the NY branch of this restaurant. What made me laugh is that, dispite searching the fully fleshed out site, I could not find their hours of operation, (although they do mention their brunch hours if you look long and hard enough).

          Now, they may in their someplace. But not easily found, that's for sure. So your throwaway line about at least posting hours of operation may not be in the cards, no matter what happens with their website.

          1. re: Servorg

            From what I understand, the hours are not posted because the concept is that certain regular customers here receive a "key" to the restaurant.

            Having this key allows you to stay as long as you like after usual dining/closing hours. Thus, the "key customers" (pardon the pun) can to drink/chat/socialize/hang until 4AM, if they should so choose.

            At least, that was the concept as I understood it.

            1. re: J.L.

              Uh-oh. Unless I miss my guess this is going to leave that LA CH board subset who already are up in arms when restaurants fail to put up signage with seriously twisted knickers. ;-D>

              1. re: Servorg

                Public guillotinings to follow...

              2. re: J.L.

                Sounds like it ain't my kind of joint.

                1. re: kevin

                  Mari Vanna's target, ideal customer is this guy:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkB9OT...

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Lovely how easy it's for the girl to lift a tray with 6 good delivery gold bars ( 2400 troy ounces total! )

                     
                    1. re: OscarFox

                      The Russian eye candy are not only easy on the eyes, but also awesomely strong, it seems... :-P

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Hmm, sounds like my kind of woman. :)

          2. Somehow the name of this place makes me think of Milli Vanilli

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            1. re: Tripeler

              Blame it on the rain.

              1. re: kevin

                Hell of a Vodka selection though.

              2. re: Tripeler

                I just realized that the name of the place sounds like how someone with a thick Russian accent would pronounce Marijuana. You know, "Mari Vanna"....

              3. Made a reservation last night. Although it is an interesting looking place (think Ivy meets Moscow) it felt so contrived we left and went to Il Piccolino which was its consistently good self.

                1. the goldster speaks

                  http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-gol...

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                  1. re: ns1

                    I wouldn't really call him "the goldster." Perhaps "the gelt-nik" would be better.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      Please pronounce "gelt" with the "L" rolled deep back towards your throat.

                      1. re: OscarFox

                        I didn't pronounce it, I just wrote it. But I did wonder about writing it "gelt-nik" or "gelnik." Perhaps I should have added an "already" in the sentense.

                      2. re: Tripeler

                        "Ze Geltnik" (pronounced with heavy Yiddish accent)... You're right. If people are going to insist on foisting a cutesy media nickname upon him, he'd probably find that one far less unappealing.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9239...

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9239...

                        Mr Taster

                      3. re: ns1

                        I noticed that too.

                      4. Still no posts from anyone who has eaten there.

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                        1. re: Thor123

                          And now that JG's given it his LATimes glow, expect a wait.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            I'm really fucking surprised that JL has not hitten that shit up yet.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Please read my Sep. 6, 2013 reply in this very thread...

                        2. Love the ambiance; it's so very adorable and kitschy and the lighting is warm and inviting. Very slow service but I loved the food. Best beef stroganoff I've ever had for sure. Extremely juicy chicken kiev and the outside crust stayed crispy. Prefer the borcsht at Traktir but it's good here too. Lots of empty seats here on the patio Thurs 830. Apologize for the low light.