Great view: When the weather is good, the Tauride gardens in the heart of St.Petersburg are always full of people, so here you can see the sun shining on tree crowns from the roof of the former Leningrad cinema, the modern Leningrad Center with Blok meat restaurant. You can also observe the Tower of the famous Russian poet Vyacheslav Ivanov, where artists and poets of the Silver Century gathered together, the museum of the Russian military leader Alexander Suvorov and the picturesque view of roofs.
Try first: Taste the meat positions as the restaurant specializes in it. The cold menu contains marble beef tartars (from 520 rubles) with different toppings from pickles with Dijon mustard to bourbon jelly and truffle pasta, venison carpaccio with seasoned turnip and cone jam (450), beef tails in jelly (480). The hot menu has 23 kinds of steaks (from 750 to 5800) together with steamed, stewed and roasted ribs, cheeks, duck and chicken dishes.
New Russian Cuisine: For bohemian bourgeois (bobos), the chef Artyom Grebenschikov invented sweets with gaspacho, burrata with fig ‘pearls’, crispy pancakes with pear and foie gras and other interesting things. Every dish is a work of art. The wine menu is also full of ‘handmade’ positions with rare wines from small vineyards and autochtonous sorts.
Try first: To feel Bobo’s ideas, try the evening (after 6 pm) Signature digestive set: 9 courses for 2500 rubles, in most cases presented by the chef himself.
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (382m).
Speak easy: ‘The secret cocktail society’ is a nice imitation of a bootlegger’s life. A parade dress code, playing cards instead of a menu, a poker table, candles and jazz are the scenery for the work of Sam Konyakin, one of the most talented St. Petersburg bar tenders.
Try first: Woland cocktail made of gin, rye, vermouth, several bitters and notes of absinthe. It has strong and long taste, as it is mystic enough.
Landmarks nearby: New Holland (109m).
Landmarks nearby: Kunstkamera (286m).
Local charm: A small restobar for those who want to get a quick acquaintance with black caviar. Sets of 3-5 kinds of caviar are offered at the bar counter together with historical Russian dishes with this delicacy which are surely the most interesting thing, accompanied by 33 brands of champagne and 23 sorts of vodka.
Try first: Easily for a reason — a Soviet sandwich with black caviar (1800 rubles) or egg porridge with it (800) from 1955 culinary book. As a dessert, order baked apples with black caviar — it’s not so strange as can be, it is said that it was a soft place of Mongolian Batu Khan.
Local charm: Restaurant represents the look of an early 20th century country house with vintage abajours and light wall paints. Here, you can taste curd cutlets (syrniki) and dumplings, borsht and fish pickle soup, grilled chicken and Kyiv style cutlets, season jam and chocolate candies for tea.
Try first: Taste potato pancakes with pike caviar and homemade sour cream (770 rubles), Mimosa salad with baked salmon (580), don't deny mushroom soup with pearl barley (520) and pike perch Chaliapine style (960), continue with rum cake with citrus cream and tangerine uzvar drink (450) and feel the simple happiness from the Russian countryside.
A reason to visit: The restaurant within the famous Russian restorator Konstantin Palkin’s house with the gorgeous set of beer from all over the world (more than 450 kinds), and the beer sommelier can help anyone with the choice. The wine menu is also impressive with samples from Europe and the New World for acceptable prices. No-nonsense craft menu with both European specialities (like snails, which are rare guests in city menus) and international hits like burgers and steaks. Chateau Vintage also has a room for maturing cheeses from Vasileostrovskaya cheese factory which can be ordered for dinner or “to go”. In summer, you can sit at the terrace, as the second floor balcony has a picturesque view of both sides of noisy Nevsky prospect.
Try first: Start with brusquettas with crab and red caviar (490 rubles) or clams with herbs and garlic (510). Continue with octopus cutlets with nut sauce (730), or if you like classics, take pork in caramel sauce with baked apples (610). Among desserts, pay attention to the sparkling jelly with raspberry and mint sauce (310).
New Russian Cuisine: The face of new Russian kitchen. Artisan work with Russian products, national recipes and tastes from childhood having brand new looks with impressive show sets and quiz dishes.
Try first: The bestseller and the city's most popular Instagram dish is the dessert named 'Mama's favourite flower' (550 rubles), though you should start with 'Coated Crab' salad (890) and ‘Axe Porridge’ (the Russian idiom taken as the name of this dish is similar to English ‘stone soup’) (650). Every Thursday at 7 pm the chef Igor Grishechkin presents his brand new ideas within his chef’s table (5000).