‘Quirky’ doesn’t even come close to describing Bolshoi, this bizarre backstreet Russian restaurant in Lisbon. Owner Elena Hallin, a singer and multi-linguist, has achieved her intention of opening a Russian restaurant in Lisbon celebrating her culture and bringing happiness into people’s lives.
rnBolshoi already has a cult following among young trendsetters, who regularly queue for a seat that was most likely rescued from a rubbish tip. A sequin-laden Elena greets guests individually and invites them to leave their troubles at the door. The menu arrives on a torn piece of brown paper bag and generally consists of whatever the kitchen still has knocking about.
rnBut people don’t come to Bolshoi for the food. When the mood suits her Elena takes to her synthesiser and entertains guests with a rendition of Russian songs. Her diva-like outfit changes are always met with rapturous applause. It’s vaudeville entertainment of the highest quality. If you’re after a night to remember, there’s no better choice.