Zima Russian Restaurant

Bars, Russian·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Zima Russian Restaurant

Bronze Award

Spread across a three-storey Soho townhouse, Zima aims to raise the profile of Russian food in London, offering traditional dishes with modern twists. It also claims to have the best-priced caviar in the capital, offering the luxury sturgeon eggs with the traditional accompaniments of blinis and sour cream.

The exteriors might be conventionally monochrome, but once you’re inside you’ll find a series of pretty dining rooms, which are decked out with cosy banquette seating, chequered flooring, Russian artwork lining the walls and a standalone bar. It’s a bright and attractive space, with several areas to choose between to sit down for drinks and food.

Zima’s menu traverses various Russian regions, offering up novel takes on classic dishes from the vast country. To start, you might enjoy the likes of an Olivier salad with chicken sand salmon roe, or borscht with sour cream. Come mains, try dishes such as beef stroganoff or perhaps pelmeni dumplings with three types of fish and squid ink, while desserts see the tempting likes of honey cake, and cottage cheese pancakes.

Prices at Zima are fair considering the surrounding area and the sophisticated surroundings, while a Euro-leaning wine list and a strong selection of Russian vodkas make for satisfying accompaniments to your meal. In fact, Zima serves homemade infused vodka on its menu, and the restaurant also runs its own Zima Picklery, where seasonal vegetables, fruit and drinks are all fermented on-site.  

If you’re not stopping by for dinner, you can try Zima’s Russian afternoon tea instead. It is served daily and includes unlimited tea, as well as traditional Russian pastries, such as pirozhki baked buns, blinis with homemade jam and condensed milk, and a classic medovik honey cake. At lunchtime, there is a selection of four-course set menus available, while you can also expect occasional live entertainment in the restaurant too.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, Russian
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Supper, Uber Eats
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Terrace
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Russian cuisine isn’t as widely represented in London as some others, but Zima delivers traditional Russian cooking with a contemporary twist, delivering classic dishes like borsch, stroganoff and pelmeni, alongside an extensive vodka selection and house cocktails.

Situated on Frith Street in the heart of Soho, Zima inhabits a beautiful old Soho townhouse and couldn’t be easier to get to from anywhere in London. The interiors are clean, modern and colourful, with bistro-style wooden chairs and plenty of light streaming in through street-side windows. This is also a place to admire fine Russian art, from folk art all the way through to contemporary and avant-garde pieces.

Your Russian culinary experience starts with caviar - some of the best and most affordable in London - and follows that up with pickles and ferments, all made in-house in the Zima picklery. The menu features classic dishes like beef, cabbage and horseradish borsch, beef stroganoff with buckwheat and fried baby potatoes, herring fillets with boiled potatoes, Russian salad with chicken and salmon roe, and pelmeni lamb dumplings with yoghurt garlic sauce. There’s plenty more to explore besides, including bakery items like pirozhki (a small baked bun with filling) made in-house everyday, and desserts like honey cake, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and cottage cheese pancakes with sour cream and raspberry sauce.

The drinks menu features a compact wine list, with special attention given to wines from Georgia, and a selection of innovative house mixes, including the Trans-Siberian Express (vodka, sea buckthorn puree, orange juice and rosemary) and the Zima Royale (raspberry nastoyka, Chambord, vanilla, lemon, Champagne). Zima also boasts a karaoke lounge, where you can enjoy snacks, vodka platters and cocktails whilst you belt out your favourite tunes.

Location

45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD

020 7494 9111 020 7494 9111

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-16:00
Tue 12:00-16:00
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:00-23:00
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-23:00

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5 Reviews 
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Service
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Julian F

09 June 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

James P

07 October 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4

Cozy place. Very tastey food. The beef stroganoff was excellent. Ana Curteva was my waitress -  very effecient,  friendly and helpful! as are all staff.

Anon

05 February 2020  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Cozy place with tasty food

My favourite Russian food place in London. There is a great variety of vodka infusions - def a must-try, especially cherry and sea buckthorn ones. Also, definitely coming back for the rum balls. 

Lukas Rackauskas

05 August 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A gem of Russian cuisine and culture in London

A great place to try and experience real contemporary Russian food and hospitality. Located in the heart of Soho place is full of character and is a perfect place to dine the night away

alexei Z

04 May 2017  
Modern Russian Cuisine tapas-style, traditional taste with twist, interesting vodka infusions and Soho atmosphere.
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