Landmarks nearby: Peter and Paul Fortress (30m).
Speak easy: An Indian cafe and bar behind the toilet door of another restaurant is already intriguing. The personnel dressed in white lab coats, cocktails served in flasks and glass-tubes and non-adapted food in the kitchen, ‘just what the doctor ordered’ are the things which are attractive for everyone at Apteka. Call to make an appointment and you’ll know how to find the necessary ‘cabin’.
Try first: You can always trust the tandoori shrimps (730 rubles) and all the variety of curries (from 290 rubles). Masala tea is also excellent here, but you would always win from ordering the genuine cocktails which are bright, spicy and artistically served.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (379m).
Speak easy: You can reach the geometrically shaped cocktail bar after calling a concierge. You pass through the office door on the left from the Zazerkalye theatre, the turngate and the strict guard, but then you reach the stylish cocktails, starters served on rulers and hand-glasses together with the atmosphere of a private party.
Try first: Drinks such as Catherine Sour (490 rubles) together with oysters with flowers (350 rubles), pastrami with tobiko caviar and ponzu (250 rubles).
Landmarks nearby: St Isaac's Cathedral (513m).
Local charm: Just imagine the fact that Russian Caviar House has been working since 1978, producing 35 tons of black caviar annually, sending it to the Kremlin, to ISS astronauts and to eight countries of the world, though it didn’t have its own restaurant till recent times. But now they have one, as Art-Caviar craft restaurant and caviar boutique opened its doors in 2019, located near DLT department store. The team’s global mission is to show that the place with black caviar is not only the tourist attraction of Russian luxury with five souvenir cans at the exit. The second thing is to show that black caviar is not so expensive and can be combined with tartar sauce, linguini or a sturgeon steak. Only one-fifth of the menu contains caviar, you can also caste Northern delicacies such as beef rump tataki, pulled crab with apples, baked topinambur soup, together with the variety of champagne and sparkling wines.
Try first: Take a set menu with a wheat nest with pike caviar, Siberian frozen sturgeon with salted cranberry mousse, tataki from beef bladebone and pine cone jam - a set of 10 dishes for 3500 rubles.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (306m).
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (460m).
Local charm: Banya (the traditional Russian sauna) is one of the important elements of the Russian hugge. Take a bath in Degtyarnye Bani and then visit Banshchiki, the authentic Russian craft restaurant. Here, you can see the moderate interiors without any Russian kitsch ornaments, a variety of homemade craft drinks and strong alcohol together with the local gastronomy with smoked starters, delicatessen, salted and seasoned delicacies. Russian national recipes are interpreted by the chef Stanislav Levokho, such as squid Stroganoff style with mashed chickpeas, suluguni cheese in rye dumpligs and potato gratin with beef tongue.
Try first: Everything is really worth tasting, so you can choose from beef tails in jelly (380 rubles) and Russian salad with smoked salmon and red caviar (440), grilled white salmon with mashed celery and lamb rib-eye with mashed nuts (980). The best dessert are the famous nut-shaped cookies with caramelized milk (220) which is Banschiki’s hit.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (398m).
New Russian Cuisine: A small contemporary restaurant with four talented chefs, the effect is four times more interesting. The attractive thing is that despite its status with a lot of prizes and ratings, Birth is non-pathetic, neat and friendly project. The mission of reaching here without booking in impossible, so don’t miss that.
Try first: Everything is obvious when you see brand corn bread with onion (190 rubles). Then choose lamb pie (490), zucchini and broccoli cream soup with Kamchatka crab (350) or take a digestive set of 10 dishes for 2900 rubles.
Landmarks nearby: Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral (176m).