Great view: A view from La Vue near the St.Petersburg Hotel is the most effective local history lesson as it takes place at the height of 60 meters with bridges hanging above the water and the golden angel with a cross shining at the spire of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Aurora, the symbol of October Revolution, looks even better after the reconstruction. The open terrace has its josper where ribs, squids, sea bass fish, steaks and lamb tongues are fried.
Try first: The best way to know the cuisine by the chef Nikita Sechin is to order a set menu for 3400 rubles containing pumpking, turnip and goat cheese, репа/тыква/козий сыр, sea scallop tataki with red caviar, baked farm carrots with smoked curd and basturma, lamb care with parsley root and plums and a pumpkin pie.
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).
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).
Great view: You can see the close view of the Petrovsky Stadium, the Vasilyevsky Island and the bells of Prince Vladimir Cathedral from the restaurant’s open terrace. People who love sunbathing can use the colorful hammocks, while everyone can find modern Italian food in their plates.
Try first: Positions for everyone: porcini tagliatelle (540 rubles), fresh tuna nicoise salad, risotto with pumpkin and shrimps, pizza with parma and ruccola (all for 690).
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).
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).
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).
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (339m).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (351m).
Speak easy: Neither the sky nor the wine are hidden from you, but this bar os not very famous even among the local dwellers. It is located at the dead end of Pirogova lane, on the roof of an old building. It offers affordable wines, comfy food like bruschettas and pizzas together with the picturesque view of the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral.
Try first: If the weather is good, take a glass of Riesling to the terrace, if it is cold, drink Malbec inside at the table next to the window (wines from 250 rubles). In the morning, come and taste the English breakfast (280 rubles) accompanied by sparkling wine.
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (546m).