Convenient to the Art Institute and CSO, this "comfy", "old-world" Loop Russian proffers "boldly flavored" "dacha comfort food" and other "well-prepared" specialties via servers with "discretion and elan worthy of any haute Muscovite"; "exquisite teas" and "house-infused vodkas" round out the meal, though "prices on the high side" are part of the package.
When you wanna shake up your dining routine, swing by this oldie for some blini and stroganoff.
Exotica is on the menu and in the air at this spot that's favored by visitors to the nearby Art Institute and the Symphony Center. Mahogany trim, samovars, and balalaika music set the stage for dishes from Russia and neighboring republics (the owners hail from Uzbekistan), including Ukrainian borscht, blinis (small, savory pancakes) with salmon caviar, Moldavian meatballs, and classic beef...
I love Russian Tea Time. Ok, it's a little old-fashioned and gilded, and the menu isn't particularly trendy. But it's got a great vodka selection and a smoked fish platter for two that can't be beat, covered with herring, salmon, caviar, blini and traditional fixins.