Name: Angela Shlyakhov
Occupation: Litigation Paralegal
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Tatiana
From the moment that you walk into Tatiana and are greeted by the friendly Russian well-dressed staff, you know that this night is not just going to be an ordinary dinner but a festive culinary musical experience. When we arrived, we were seated next to the stage at a large 20 person table. The table was already set with bottles of vodka, juice and soda mixers, red and white wines. The appetizers started rolling out one by one and filled the table in a colorful array of flavors. We had about three to four people serving us and we never once had to ask for anything. All the while the house band played Russian music and American popular music. The guests would periodically get up and dance throughout the meal once the glasses for the vodka shots started rising high. The hot main courses arrived. The delicious Beef Stroganoff smell wafted over the table, then the lamb and the Shish Kabobs were soon behind.
The lights dimmed during the dinner portion and the cabaret/Las Vegas show started. I’ve been to Las Vegas many times and Tatiana’s show could rival any Vegas show. The performers sang, danced and performed aerial acrobatics. My guests were half American and half Russian. All the guests delighted in the show and were pleasantly surprised at how professional and beautiful the show was. There was a house photographer snapping photos the entire night. We bought a few 8 x 10 photos in the Tatiana frames. The professional photos were a great memento of the night. After the table was cleared of the entrees, the band surprised me with a Happy Birthday song and brought me out to the center of the restaurant and presented me with a large homemade Napoleon cake. All my guests then came out and took a photo with me and we all danced. The entire experience was wonderful. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. The entertainment was beautiful, talented and professional. The dining/entertainment experience was pricey but not a regular birthday dinner at a restaurant. I would highly recommend going to Tatiana for a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion on a Saturday night.
Name: Neosha Jones
Occupation: Student Affairs Coordinator
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Boteco
I was excited to go to Tatiana as it’s been on my “to dine” list for a while. The restaurant was easy to find and there was ample parking. While I was waiting for my friend to arrive I hung out in the lobby and was surprised to see what appeared to be Faberge eggs, and there was a great chair to sit in while waiting. When my friend arrived, we went into the main restaurant area and were seated very quickly. They had live music while everyone was waiting for the show to start. It took us a little time to get accustomed to the menu so when the waiter came we weren’t really sure what to order so we just ordered water to start. I’m usually fine with tap but it didn’t seem that they offered tap water and to avoid the back and forth over the water I just ordered a bottle of still water.
After the waiter delivered the water we still weren’t ready to order and he kind of just stood around. He didn’t entirely seem impatient but it just seemed awkward. When we finally attempted to order they didn’t have a few of the items that we wanted to order. So rather than order something that I wasn’t totally sure if I’d like and have to deal with the waiter, I just ordered the Branzini and a House Salad. The House Salad was excellent and my friend even commented that it smelled very fresh. The dressing was great and yes the vegetables were very fresh. The main course arrived shortly before the show started and I was a little disappointed that the Branzini dish used the whole fish and not the filet as I hate struggling with bones, but it was delicious. The mashed potatoes were cold but the vegetables were good. I ordered a Soviet Champagne with dinner and it tasted very much like plum wine but it was good.
So on to the show and it was phenomenal. I don’t know what I was expecting but I was not expecting that. There were acrobatics, the singing was great, and the costumes were fabulous; it was reminiscent of a Vegas show. Very good!!! The show lasted about an hour and then they said there would be a break and the rest of the show would start. I was surprised by that because I thought the show was only 45 minutes so during the break I ordered dessert, Apple Strudel ala Mode and it was very good. When the show started back up it was just live singing and many people got on the dance floor, so it wasn’t the same type of show but it was fun to watch. Oh, I did ask for coffee and Kahlua to go with the strudel but due to a language barrier, I don’t think the waiter understood Kahlua so he never brought either which I was a little disappointed with, as I really wanted at least some coffee with dessert but Que Sera Sera. We received and paid for our checks and left shortly thereafter. Overall, I really liked the show and the food that is available is good if it’s hot. I’d tell anyone to be prepared to have a few options ready in case the restaurant doesn’t have what you want. Also, the waiter could have used a little more hospitality training. He wasn’t really rude he was just a little cold and there was a language barrier but the hostess was glamourous and very helpful.
Name: Mark Economou
Occupation: Media Relations Manager
Lives In: Coral Springs
Restaurant Pick: Tavolino Della Nonna
When I called to make reservations I asked for 7pm. I was told I couldn’t and only 8pm was available for the dinner show. I asked, “What if we just wanted to come to eat and not see the show?” and she said that wasn’t an option. We made them for 8pm. There were four of us. Once inside we were lead right to our table. A young man come over and handed us our menus immediately followed by an older gentleman who immediately asked us if we were ready to order. We told him we just sat down, and we would like to order drinks. The women ordered a bottle of French Rose, he came back with a bottle of Beringer White Zinfindel and said it was just as good. The women then picked a red instead. The men had Baltika Beer. We also asked for water. We were asked “flat” or “sparkling”? and we said flat. Well 3 bottles later we found out we were being charged for flat water. We asked if they just had water and they said no.
We ordered 3 appetizers, Salad Tatiana, which seemed like a potato salad, baked New Zealand Mussels, which came out so covered in melted cheese it was hard to find the mussels and Chicken and Mushroom Crepes that were good. We also asked the waiter what he had recommended because we haven’t been there before. His reply was “anything on the menu is good.” We were looking for a little guidance as the menu was very large. I ended up ordering the Chicken Kiev. I have had this in the past. My problem with this particular one was it was very deep fried. The fried coating wasn’t tasty; it tasted of oil/grease and had a hard coating consistency. The fried “Russian” potatoes that came with it were French fries. Very below average. My wife had the Lamb Osso Bucco, which was average to good. Our friends had the Beef Stroganoff and the Lamb Chops, again, OK, average, nothing great.
While waiting for the show to start the waiter brought the bill over, never asked if we wanted more drinks or dessert. It seemed everyone was pre-occupied with other tables that seemed to have “regulars” at them. Their menu seemed different. They didn’t order - they had little buffets at their table. The show was great. It was a Broadway style show. For the price with show for four people and one bottle of wine, it was $500. I feel this is VERY expensive for banquet/hall style food.
Location: 1710 East Hallandale Bch Blvd. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Type of Cuisine: International, European, Eastern European
Meals Served: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations for Children: No