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Russian Revels Restaurant: The Spies Came in From the Cold

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Do You Eat Like a Soviet or an American?
1920s Secret Soviet Dinner, Kitchen Party, May 2013, russian revels
1920s Secret Soviet Dinner @ Kitchen Party, May 2013, picture by Natasha Nestman

It might sound silly that a spy has to go through dinner training, but the way you eat can say a lot about who you are. It is 1959, and the Cold War is at its peak. As a spy in training, you will be expected to learn all the proper table manners and customs to pass off as either an American or a Soviet citizen. This will include how to handle a drink, how to propose a toast. Will you be dining on a slow cooked Russian Revels burger or Better Crocker cakes? It is all down to your demeanour.

The Russian Revels, Katrina and Karina have a pop-up restaurant in Pushkin House. The home of high quality Russian Culture can be found on Bloomsbury Square, and is a place where you can quite literally get a taste of Russia. The restaurant is more than just a place to eat. It also features immersive theatre through roleplay. And you are a character in the story.

Their latest event will be on the 21st & 22nd March and tickets costs 48.40. During spy training you will get to nibble on zakuski (Russian hors d'oeuvres), then for the mains, try some specialty burgers and kolbasnye izdeliya (special farm-made sausages). Dessert is Eskimo ice cream.
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Why? Food with theatre
When: 21st & 22nd March
Phone: 020 7269 9770
Where: Pushkin House
Cost: 48.40
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