A little Cold War in this battle against the heat, check in your jacket, leave Auckland at a gilded gate in Grey Lynn and step over a threshold into Mother Russia’s secretive, red-cloaked embrace.
In an evening which captures the spirit of Vodka Room’s far-away motherland, toast one another with cries of 'Vashe zrodovye!' and feast on caviar, smoked salmon and Uzbek spiced lamb ribs as legendary crooner Sergei Kuprik brings Russia's state-condemned musical underground to life.
Echoes of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan with lyrics romanticising sin, crime and punishment while critically examining the role the government played in everyday life, Kuprik and his group, Lesopoval, were the soundtrack to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Booming from cars, kiosks and homes in every city throughout the 90’s, their gritty take on Russian life, denounced as the ‘propaganda of the criminal subculture,’ brought state-sanctioned vanilla pop into sharp relief and defined a generation. And now, as part of a world tour and for one-night-only, Kuprik offers a once-in-a-lifetime view behind the iron curtain.
Bathe under glittering chandeliers with vodka carafe in-hand as you escape to another time and place - One Night in Moscow.
Russian seafood salad of caviar and smoked salmon
Triple-cooked Hawke’s Bay lamb ribs rubbed in Uzbek spices atop fragrant rice
Kefir and honey panna cotta
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