There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Mari Vanna, the kitschy Russian restaurant that has been under construction in the former Bastide home for over a year. Russian hospitality group Ginza Project is finally looking to open doors in late June. And yes, there will be an accordionist.
Somehow Bastide's relatively small indoor/outdoor expanse is going to accommodate four dining areas: a 20-seat bar and 20- seat wine/karaoke lounge, a 50-60 seat patio, a 30-seat dining room with a fireplace, and a 30-seat "sunroom."
And what will you eat here? Mari Vanna's Russian menu takes form as European SoCal fusion. Some staple Russian dishes from past locations will be on offer here, alongside a bunch of new items exclusive to LA that make use of our great local produce. Be prepared for dragon fruit carpaccio with seafood salad and filet mignonette steak with watermelon. As for the more classic stuff, think blinis, stuffed cabbage and stroganoff. To drink, vodka. House-infused.
So, there's one other not so secret detail about Mari Vanna. The VIP keys. The restaurant will be closed on Monday nights and only VIP members with literal keys to the front door will get in. Management plans to circulate the keys soon. How very LA. Although those keys supposedly grant the holder to "VIP access and special treatment at any of the MV locations."
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