Opening mid-April in Knightsbridge after painting the town... well, certainly not red in Moscow & NY: Mari Vanna. The bewilderingly ornate Russian restaurant appears as if it could host an opulent state dinner, with its massive, cake-laden table in the centre, and shelves filled with nesting dolls that may look cool, but are in fact totally full of themselves.
Inaugurate your feasting reign with blinis w/ red/black caviar or 'shrooms, hearty borscht, and "delicate" pirozhki pies filled with either sea bass or what they describe simply as "meat" (surely, pudding and platinum-selling psychological trauma will follow).
Like the Eurasian landmass, things go big with the likes of rabbit stew covered in parmesan & mozz, sturgeon kebabs, beef stroganoff w/ buckwheat, and traditional pelmeni seafood dumplings shaped like giant tortelloni, a fitting snack to smuggle into Wrath of the Titans, then smuggle out when you discover the acting is in fact quite wee.
Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit of vodka, with house infusions ranging from apple & mint, to beetroot, cherry, horseradish, pepper, and "seaberry" (sorta like orange & passionfruit). All are available in tasting flights of 10 -- unlike those dolls, they're all the same size, but your prospects will get smaller and smaller.