Although we’re foodies and love sampling different cuisines, this was our first time trying Russian food and what a better place to than Russia itself. Most of the food we tasted was simple, yet hearty and wholesome and the restaurants were reasonably priced. We were also told that Georgian restaurants are especially good in St Petersburg, so whilst technically not “Russian” anymore, it was one of our favourite meals and so I’ve added it to the list below.
Grilled dumplings which can be with or without meat and are served with a side of sour cream. We usually shared a plate of these as a starter. Although delicious, to us, they didn’t taste too different to say Chinese dumplings.
Hearty beetroot soup, which can be served hot or cold. We preferred the hot option, mainly because it was a cold evening.
Herring under a fur coat
Salad made with pickled herring and layered with grated potato (or other vegetables), beetroot, egg and mayonnaise. We were reluctant to try this as we aren’t huge fans of pickled herring, but we were surprised as to how delicious it actually was.
A delicacy which is made of fish roe and readily available in many restaurants in St Petersburg. There are many varieties (Black Caviar from Sturgeon roe being the rarest and most expensive); we opted for the Pike roe, which we’d never tried before.
We’d never tried Georgian food before, so were intrigued when a friend recommended this cosy little place called, Tone, in St Petersburg. Hearty and wholesome with wonderful flavours, this place is well worth the 15 minute cab ride from the main tourist area of Nevsky Prospekt. Most hotel concierges will recommend restaurants that centrally located, but most likely touristy, so we were glad that we managed to try some authentic Georgian food.
Lemonade made out of old bread which tasted a lot better than it sounded! This can be served sweet or sour. The gents typically prefer the sour, while the ladies, the sweet.
Have you sampled any of these traditional dishes? We’d love to hear what your favourites are and if we missed anything!