Just wanted to share our latest experience at Kavkazskaya Plennitsa, the renowned Georgian restaurant on Prospect Mira. In the last year, we have been there about 4 times, and consistently the food is excellent. On this latest visit, last Saturday, July 7th, the food was excellent but the ending left a bad taste.
The bill came to about 3500 roubles for dinner for two. We paid 3700 rouble thus leaving a 200 rouble tip. Our waiter returns immediately and says that we must leave a 10% service tip for him. Our Russian is not so good and he pretends that his English is suddenly weak. When I pointed out that on previous visits nobody insisted on a 10% tip, his response was that the policy has changed and now 10% service must be left by patrons. It didn't occur to me to ask for the manager but in the end we paid 350 rouble as tip.
Feeling frustrated that there is no restaurant discussion board in Russia where user experiences can be recorded. Thus, sharing it on this forum in case expats resident in Moscow refer to this resource!