New Russian Cuisine: The first St.Petersburg vegetable fine-dining with original cabbage positions, bright asparagus images and ideal eggplants. At the same time, Harvest is not a vegetarian item, artisan meat and fish recipes can also be found there. The interior is a pleasure itself, similar to Hide in London, though we love it for its textures and warm colors, which are so rare in grey St. Petersburg.
Try first: Small portions at low prices, you can gather a company and come here for more snacks. A flat cake with avocado and parmesan cheese, broccoli paste, cauliflower and morels (390 rubles for each are a must and worth tasting together with non-standard fresh cocktails (350 for each).
Landmarks nearby: Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral (493m).
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (385m).
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (339m).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (175m).
Local charm: The patriotic restaurant can be easily seen from the street at it has a big terrace working from May to October. You can hear the famous Katyusha, a patriotic Soviet song of World War II, in the playlist, the food is served by waitresses in Soviet style dresses with flower ornaments who also sing and dance in the evening Dinner Show, and even the weavers from Ivanovo, Russian textile capital, can envy the variety of prints in local interiors. In the menu, you can see all the classics of the Soviet ‘Book of Tasty and Healthy Food’, such as salted products and caviar, borshts and pancakes, pies and dumplings. If your name is Katya (Kate, Catherine, Ekaterina etc.), you can get your discount.
Try first: You can start with salted red pine mushrooms in sour cream (420 rubles), described in best writings by a Soviet village writer Vladimir Soloukhin, continue with crayfish neck salad (530) and potato pancakes (370). Don’t get slower with dumplings with pike from the Ladoga lake, boiled butted and red caviar (490) or roasted moose meat with pumpkin stew (790). For dessert, enjoy yourself with bird cherry pie Siberian recipe (390).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (125m).
Great view: The terrace of the restaurant run by the chef Alexander Rappoport located on the 8th floor has a view of Bolshaya Konyushennaya street looking similar to Paris’ Champs-Elysees and the jewelry and copper of Saviour on the Spilt Blood looking like huge glossy candies.Surrounded by the images of warriors from the Terracotta Army one can check the correspondence of the names and tastes of the local cocktails: one, containing raspberry, lime and passionfruit is called ‘Khakamada, Not A Chinese’ after the surname of a Russian politician and businesswoman Irina Khakamada having Japanese origin.
Try first: You can learn the Chinese alphabet tasting the pressed pork legs (240 rubles) and Sichuan style chicken (380), veal brain in dough (640) and vegetables with lotus root in oyster sauce (560). Take the pineapple mountain spirit elixir (550) as a dessert, whatever that means.
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (448m).
Great view: You can see the picturesque panorama of the ships from the window of this restaurant located under Peter and Paul Fortress, such as the brigantine with scarlet sails coming to the waters of the Neva on the city’s holiday for high school graduates, corvettes and lincores on the Navy Day. The view is nice not only on holidays as you can see the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral from panorama windows. The menu has a variety of European and Caucasian dishes.
Try first: Smelt - the main St. Petersburg specialty is cooked here all over the year, not only in spring: roasted in Georgian tkemali sauce (630 rubles) and in crispy tempura (670), home-smoked (630) and seasoned (670), seven versions as a whole.
Landmarks nearby: New Holland (240m).
Local charm: Lilya Brik, the long-term friend, lover and muse of the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, inspired the restaurators as well. The restaurant is a stylization of the early 20th century art salon with live jazz in the evening, homemade craft drinks and a mix of traditions of Russian and European cuisine, such as julienne on buckwheat chips, trout and parmesan cheese in potato lumps and onion cream for beef cutlets.
Try first: A classical beef Stroganoff style with mashed potatoes and pickles (620 rubles) is a must. If you need something lighter, order trout and cod waterzooi (420).