The Black Cat (Chornaya Koshkaya): Great International Cuisine
A great restaurant with a huge menu - imaginative, well presented dishes, nice big portions, good service - a novelty for Russia, but courses served in order and all diners at the same time!
The menu is fascinating, with some really imaginative dish names which allude nothing to the contents of the dish but are still so much fun (Food for a St Petersburg Barrister, for instance!). Lots of options for all courses.
The decor simple and plain, but pleasant. Nice Jazz music playing in the background adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Also, I know to my cost that they keep the vodka extra chilled...
Favorite Dish: Too many to list - the beef dish rather weirdly titled 'Ablations' was very good, but nothing at all like I was expecting.
Great vegetables too - they don't boil them to death like most ofther places. They were even a bit put out when I enquired if the mashed potatoes were from a packet.
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Elite Park: Good Russian/Korean Restaurant
Nice restaurant, located on the edge of Olympic Park. 2 story building - downstairs there is a cafe cum restaurant where live singers appear most nights. Upstairs is more formal, with great big sofas to sink into.
Favorite Dish: Lots of korean and russian dishes which means lots of fish unfortunately. However the baked aubergines with cheese and tomato are great, as are many of the salads they offer as starters.
Kolobok Restaurant: local and delicious restaurant in the downtown
This is a wonderful Russian restaurant. It is situated behind the Main Post Office, in the central street Lenin. They serve blinis with red caviar, pelmenie, delicious milk shakes and gribi or Far East mushrooms with smetana. It is very popular with students and the quality is super!
Please, do not miss it if you come to Sakhalin island.
In front, near the monument to Lenin and to the tank, there is a japanese restaurant called Furusato, but expensive, although everybody says that is very good.
Favorite Dish: mushrooms! They are special. You do not find them elsewhere.
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