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Published March 23rd 2013
If you haven't been to Romance Russian Restaurant yet, make an effort to go this weekend - it will be worth your while. When I saw the Living Social deal - 14 course degustation for 2 for the price of one for $69 - at the best Russian Restaurant and Function Centre of Sydney, I could not resist. Before finally going to this massive meal I stressed thinking how am I going to stuff myself with 14 courses it would be more like a disgustation treat.
The restaurant opened at 7pm on the dot. Somewhat dark and dingy - the interior comprised one area of closely spaced tables offset by a dance floor with more tables around it. A stage with bandstand, fairy lights stood against the rear wall.
The place filled up quickly-creating an aura of hustle and bustle. The owner Alex seemed to be every where and moving showing people to their tables, discussing the set menu, serving the first of the 14 courses. Two youngsters soon started toing and froing from bar/ kitchen the tables - in record speed serving the complimentary house wine, water, laying out the tables.
Ten delectable bite size cold entrees were served with a neat, orderly adroitness despite, the overwhelming ratio of patrons to serving staff. These included: Salad Olivier Chicken-roll Meat-roll
Smoked Tasmanian Salmon, Bliny (crepes) with savoury filling Eggplant Rolls
Marinated mushrooms with garlic and dill
Classic potato salad with chicken and vegetables
Salted Russian Herring with Spanish onion and potato
Traditional Russian black bread with butter
Our table with first few of the 14 courses see if you can identify any
Though varied, the tastes were well balanced, interesting and delicious, especially the smoked salmon with its fresh tart delicate flavour, the pickled mushrooms and the salad Olivier, with its blend of many fresh ingredients in mayonnaise.
Followed by two hot entrees:
"Chicken Romance" De boned quarter chicken with mushrooms filling-delectable with a crusty outside and moist flavoursome chicken breast within.
Vareniki Russian dumplings with potato filling- a bit on the leathery side and certainly not much to look at, it did have a fresh buttery taste of the potato filling.
Russian Submarine - Grilled barramundi fillet wrapped in slices of zucchini, served with salad and potato pieces. Great taste, so much so that I got quite busy polishing it off before remembering to take a picture. The side salad could be a tad more inventive!
About Romance Russian Restaurant and Function Centre:
Husband and wife team Alex and Natasha work in perfect combination and with flair to make Romance Russian Restaurant a great joint to experience. It offers a great range of Russian culinary delights along with a lively cache of sing along/dance to music.
Natasha belts out great 'oldies' including 'Those Were the Days My Friend' both in English and Russian. They insist that the restaurant name 'Romance' came from their love for romantic Russian music redolent of haunting gypsy melodies.
Romance Restaurant functions as:
■Corporate Event Venue
There is a selection of menus that patrons can choose from to suit their occasion requirement.
It is open:
●For lunch and dinner every day *on request.
(contact the restaurant on (02) 9663 4091 /
mob. 0402 750 449 for special requirement and bookings)
●Friday nights 7pm midnight (with entertainment)
●Saturdays nights 7pm 1am (with entertainment)
●Cost: the fixed banquet menu at $65 pp including 14
course exotic Russian culinary delights is definitely a bargain.
●Food: varied, palatable, tasty and intriguing - some
definitely delectable. Bit more care with presentation would not
●Entertainment: lively- a veritable medley of the fast and
furious and the lilting, haunting melodies.Natasha's rendition
of "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" (Those Were the Days) was haunting,
nostalgic while her belting out "Polovetsian Dances" creates a
high energy lusty jiggy mood.
●Ambience: lively, hectic and generates an energetic flow
of feeding and conversations. The haunting cosmopolitan
melodies rendered by Natasha and her accompaniment adds
to the romantic mysterious aura.
●Service: Could probably do with a couple more hands to
allay the frenzied hectic service feel.
●Parking: free, off-street
●BYO:licensed and BYO, no corkage
Go again?: Definitely it is your one stop joint for entertainment, fine food.
Romance Russian Restaurant was the 2011 winner of the best Russian restaurateur and Function Centre of Sydney
Romance Russian Restaurant is well known for its delectable banquet and exciting entertainment
Bookings are essential. You can book online or call (02) 9663 4091
($10 deposit per person is required to secure a booking)
Tel: (02) 9663 4091
Mob: 0402 750 449