We had dinner at Cafe Samovar (the former site of Cafe St. Petersburg in Brookline Village) Saturday night, just to check it out. Truly awful food! Almost everything was cooked from prefab frozen packets (and not great quality ones, either). Oversalted Pozharski cutlet stuffed with tasteless white mushrooms, accompanied by what appeared to be Swanson's Mixed Vegetables and a "baked potato" that somehow managed to be both undercooked and dried out, topped with some pseudo cheese shreds that made it look like a bad refugee from a Chili's wannabe. I couldn't finish a single item.
There were only two other tables occupied at prime time on a Saturday - and no one speaking Russian!
This place won't last very long, I predict.