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Posted by Gary on 09/21/2009
I'd say this is just "Russian style" food for those who never tried real Russian cuisine. The taste of borsch, samsa, etc. is a laugh. If my Russian wife cooked like that, I'd divorce her... :) But for those who normally eat at McDonalds that would do... :) Oh, and overpriced, of course. $12 for the herring? - A shame.
Posted by Galina on 10/01/2008
Even though they have some Russian traditional dishes, the taste is not even close to what it supposed to be. Especially I was disapoited with the borsh they served. Pelmeni was ok, but still I expected more for the price they charged. I wish I could cook for those people who rated that restorant at higher level, so they would know that real Russian cuisine is much better!
Posted by copperhead on 04/27/2008
Visiting from out of town and happened on this place as I left the Art Institute. What find. Food and service were outstanding. Since I have not had much experience with Russian food, I opted to go with a few appetizersinstead of an entree. Borscht, dumplings, piroshki, carrot salad and lamb samsa. Everything was absolutely delicious. And the service was very friendly and attentive. Highly recommended for something out of the ordinary.
Posted by Natasha on 03/07/2007
I am from Russia. My first visit to Russian Tea Time was by accident. I was so impressed, I felt like I was at home, even though I was thousand miles away from Moscow. This place is very relaxing for afternoon tea, and I recommend everybody to try it. This place will leave a lot impressions on you!
Posted by Linda on 01/15/2007
I like to stop at Russian Tea Time whenever I go to the Chicago Symphony (it's right next door). I like the afternoon tea. My other favorite are the Blini. I've never been disappointed here.
Posted by Tom on 03/02/2006
You'll feel like you're in Moscow, without having to spend $150.00 on a visa, 10 hours on a airliner, and out of sight prices when you arrive. This place in Chicago's downtown is good! Really warm staff and exceedingly tasty fare. Memorable offerings were Ubek stew (Domlama). Healthy and hearty, the pelmeni- and for dessert, blinis with a small amount of refined sugar or jam. A pot of steaming Caravan tea, someone you love besides you, and snow on the sidewalks transforms you into a scene from Dr. Zhivago. Well maybe?