I have a dinner on outdoor patio of Minsk hotel with a view on beautiful Independence square. We sould choose between several location inside the Hotel, but whether was nice and I could resist to enjoy in peaceful surrounding of big square. The patio was very simple. The benches was a very simple but comfortable.
Still, nice a dinner on fantastic place.
Favorite Dish: I have a simple little portion of some kind of meat soup and seasoned salad. I dint liked only bread, small part and black and bitter.
Despite the relative good reviews in books and on the internet, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with Il Patio. It is an Eastern European chain restaurant which is specialised in Italian cuisine, especially pizza.
The restaurant in Minsk has a large roofed patio on the pavement of Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt), where we took a seat to enjoy the big city atmosphere. Unfortunately, it was a bit noisy here and staff was simply overworked and stressed with the amount of customers. So service was slow.
I opted for a pizza "Sole Mio" (32000 BYR) and a woodbrries juice (5000 BYR). The pizza was not too bad, but couldn't keep up with the high expectations.
It probably would have been better if we had taken a seat inside, which looked much more inviting than the outdoor seating.
The It Patio restaurant is situated in one of the best locations Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt). The restaurant can be found more or less opposite to the large Mc Donalds restaurant.
Address: Il Patio, Nezavisimosti pr. 22, Minsk
On our day trip to Zaslavl we got in a contact with a young Belarusian couple with whom we spent the day. On our return from Zaslavl we went together for an afternoon snack to Cafe Fers.
The interior of the cafe offers a cosy atmosphere and in summer time a nice outdoor terrace is available in a quiet inner courtyard.
I ordered pancakes with fruits (bliny), which were yummy, although they were pre-packaged. With only 13040 BYR the price was adequate for the food. My small belarusian beer Rechitskoe pivo cost 8630 BYR.
Cafe Fers is located in the small sidestreet Musikalny pereulok, which can be found about 500 metres south of the Metro stop Nemiga.
Address: Cafe Fers, Musikalny per. 1/2, Minsk
Lido is a self service restaurant chain, which was founded in Latvia. The Minsk branch opened in December 2004. It is specialised in all sorts of Eastern European, especially Russian meals.
The interior is laid out for about 180 people. It is held in a wooden country style and nicely decorated. The place reminded me a bit on the Russian Mu Mu restaurant chain.
You just grab a tray and then point to whatever you like from the different counters with main and side dishes. The comprehensive range of food goes from soups, pancakes, salads and desserts to pizza, pasta and meat dishes.
I chose a pork shashlik (23810 BYR), rice (3210 BYR), a fresh salad (3130 BYR) and a woodberry juice (5130 BYR). The food was simple but tasty and filling. Apart from that, the Restaurant Bistro Lido is a good place for people watching as it is well frequented by all kinds of local people.
The Restaurant Bistro Lido can be found at the north eastern end of the Jakub Kolas Square, which is located on Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt), just east of the Victory Square. The nearest metro stop is Ploschad Yakuba Kolasa.
Address: Restaurant Bistro Lido, Nezavisimosti pr. 49-1, Minsk
After checking in at Hotel Sputnik, we decided to have an early dinner. So we took a walk from our hotel along the street ul. Moskovskaya towards Minsk's city centre.
By chance we came across the small Bar Drive, which looked quite appealing to us as it was full with local people. We were lucky enough to take a seat at one of the last free tables.
The bar is simply furnished but still cosy enough to enjoy a nice evening. The menu is in Belarussian only, so at least knowledge of cyrillic letters and basic Russian is highly recommended.
It offers a selection of local and European meals from meat and fish dishes to pizza and pancakes. Side dishes have to be ordered seperately. The place seems to be also popular for lunch.
I opted for a pork cutlet (23270 BYR) with rice (5960 BYR) and a Beaver beer (8890 BYR). The waitress was friendly and helpful, although she didn't speak much English. The food was simple, but tasty and filling. Even more important was the fact that we had a really good first evening in Belarus. It was actually one of our cheapest dinners during our time in Belarus.
The Bar Drive is located near the northern end of the street ul. Moskovskaya, which can be reached when walking to the soutern end of the Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti Prospekt).
Address: Bar Drive, ul. Moskovskaya 12, Minsk
On our second evening in Minsk we chose Restaurant Verhniy Gorod (Upper Town) for our dinner. Due to its location it offers panoramic views of the city centre around the Svisloch River.
The restaurant has an outdoor patio and several rooms. We took a seat inside at one of the big windows with a view towards the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and the Sports Palace.
The restaurant is specialised in traditional Belarusian cuisine, but a selection of international dishes can be found on the menu as well.
I ordered potato pancakes on a grilled beef steak. Potatoe pancakes are commonly known as draniki in Belarus. I washed it down with a local Alivaria Zolotoe beer. My dish was more than excellent and probably one of the best during our 10 days in Belarus.
With 47310 BYR for the meal and 10250 BYR for the beer, the price was definitely above average, but still relatively cheap for western standards. It is interesting to know that 5 gram sugar for a tea cost 260 BYR.
The Restaurant Verhniy Gorod can be found at the Freedom Square (Ploschad Svobody) on the side, which is facing the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
Address: Verhniy Gorod, Ploschad Svobody 4, Minsk
One day we had a late lunch in the Cafe Restaurant Skif. The place is decorated in a medieval style, even the waiters are dressed in medieval clothes.
The restaurant is quite large with different sections. It also has a seperate roofed patio on the pavement. English language menus are available on request and list all sorts of local and international dishes. The restaurant describes their cuisine as fusion, which is a combination of elements of various culinary traditions.
At lunch they seem to have lunch specials, which is what I opted for. It consisted of a beefsteak with a fried egg (23460 BYR) and rice (5240 BYR). The meal was simple, but tasty and just the right portion for lunch. Our waitress was attentive and helpful.
The Cafe Restaurant Skif can be found opposite to the entrance of Gorky Park. The nearest metro stop is Victory Square (Ploschad Pobedy).
Address: Cafe Restaurant Skif, Nezavisimosti pr. 34, Minsk
On one of our last evenings in Minsk we chose Restaurant Freski for dinner. It seems to be specialised in Italian cuisine, but local and international dishes are available as well.
The restaurant consists of two spacious parts; one for smokers, the other one for non-smokers. The interior is painted in warm brownish colours and the walls are decorated with frescoes.
I opted for a pork dish with french fries and mushrooms (33060 BYR) as well as a local beer (7500 BYR). The atmosphere in the restaurant was quite relaxed, which might be a reason why service was a bit slow. The food was good though.
The Restaurant Freski is located on the street ul. Internationalnaya, which runs parallel to Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt). The restaurant can be found just behind October Square (Ploschad Oktyabrskaya).
Address: Restaurant Freski, ul. Internationalnaya 19, Minsk
Food that I tried in Minsk was simple, like homemade - cutlet with potatoes, sausages. It was quite interesting, that at cafe they gave prepared tea already with sugar inside. It was strange, that 0,33 liter of beer cost more than in Vilnius. Maybe it was just not right place for it.
When I wanted to go to the toilet in cafe, there was three problems - no toilet paper inside, no lock to close the doors, lamp inside was dead :) I hope it is exception in Minsk :)
The restaurant is really great! I have never expected to meet a good italian restaurant and a great disco in one place. It is for sure the best pizza in Minsk. I've visited many restaurants in Minsk but it was the first place where the pizza was really like italian. The bodyguard lets to enter inside only good people. So i haven't met inside any drunk or dirty person.The restaurant was full, but the atmosphere was really very funny. In the end of the night me and my husband and my friend we knew almost everyone inside. We were like a big family. All drinking, eating, dancing and in general having much fun.And telling the truth for the next 3 days till our departure we were vising only this place. my advice to all those who want to have un is to come here. And especially italians. There was everything in italian and the stuff can understand us very well.
Favorite Dish: Tagliata con rosmarino
The goon on the door on this place on a Saturday night is about as cheerful as a rotweiler sucking *** off a nettle. Is he on some sort of commission or something based on how unwelcoming he looks? Are they trying to discourage custom to try to reduce revenue as some sort of tax break or something?
As for the bar staff, I have never seen a place in my life where all the staff so unhappy. They just all look so fed up and make it clear that they don't want to be there. And why does it always take so long waiting for change to come back?
Favorite Dish: Not recommended
This place is 1 street behind the main drag.
I ordered spaghetti pomodoro and specified to the waitress in English and Russian (the waitress did everything to suggest she did nothing less than understand me perfectly) that I would like it without cheese. After what seemed like a very long time to produce such a simple dish my food was eventually presented to me. I pointed at the yellow stuff on top and asked, "What's this?" The waitress replied, "Parmesan". The mind boggles. I politely reminded the waitress of my request and she took my dish away. She returned 2 minutes later with the same dish and the same food but this time with the parmesan scraped off. Eventually after a little discussion the waitress got her round that I would like a plate of food that was a virgin against violation by cheese. After a repeat of another inordinately long period of time (I was wondering if red cross food parcels were going to show up addressed to me it seemed like such a long wait) eventually I was presented with my food as requested.
I rocked back again during my visit thinking, 'OK, 1 more try'. Different waiting stuff so I did my damnedest to get through that I wanted a cheese free dish. OK. Then I waited. And waited.
And waited. I started to get concerned when after 45 minutes the waited brought English language newspapers for me and my friend. How can it take over an hour to produce a plate of pasta with tomate sauce?
Still better than Voglia Matta, that place is the worst.
If you've been to Latvia you surely know the Lido self-service restaurants. They are not just normal self-service restaurants, which are usually quite ugly places like autogrills; Lido are pretty nice in the interior, all in the country-Latvian style, and the food is also very good and cheap.
The only Lido restaurant outside of Latvia is in Minsk and it's a very big one. It's a self-service and all is like in Latvia, except the music which was the usual Italian old-style which is so popular in Belarus! :)) The interior can be a little kitsch sometimes, but always in the rural-contry style, either Latvian or Belarusian I don't know, but still is a nice place to eat! :)
I was looking for the Rakovski Brovar when I passed in front of this cellar-restaurant and since I love places underground I couldn't resist and take a look.
Талака Страуня is a small place, very well decorated in a traditional, farmer way. There are really few tables and it was all full, but since I was alone that night they could find me a very small table where to eat my dinner.
Food was good and tasty and the waitresses spoke some English too. There were other foreign tourists inside, along with Belarusian friends. It surely is a touristic place, but still quite original and very pretty. The prices are not that cheap for Eastern Europe standards, but Minsk is not a cheap city.
If you don't know it you'll never find it... I read about this beer brewery on the Lonely Planet guite to Russia and Belarus on my last night in Minsk. And it took me quite some time to find it even if it's really not far from the centre. Behind the huge and monstrous building you find in the Niamiha, walking across it, lies a very nice old part of Minsk called "Rakovsky suburb". It's just few houses and streets, all surrounded by enormous and ugly buildings, so they are really not easy to find.
There are a couple of restaurants there, and one is the Rakovsky Brovar, probably the best, and only, home-brewery pub in Minsk. I didn't try the food since I went there after dinner, but the place is nice and the beer is really good, unlike the main Belarusian brands which are not that great.
So if you are a beer lover I think this is the place to come.