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Café Botanika, St. Petersburg

7 Pestelya Ulitsa
St. Petersburg
Russia 191028
Tel: 7 812 272 7091's insider take:

Café Botanika bills itself as "the best vegetarian restaurant in Russia (and maybe in the world!)." An overstatement, perhaps, but it's still worth a visit for its lovely Art Nouveau–style interior and creative fusion menu mingling Russian, Indian, Italian, and Japanese influences. The pav bhaji is served with ciabatta; "Italian sushi rolls" are made with arugula, yellow pepper, and pesto; and blinis are stuffed with cabbage or sweet farmer cheese. Don't be shocked to find Hezbollah on the menu, too: It's hummus, lettuce, tomato, sweet pepper, and parsley rolled in lavash and served with tahini. Café Botanika has interesting neighbors on Solyanoy Pereulok, the adjacent side street, including the Stieglitz Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts and the Blockade of Leningrad Museum. Note that a meal before or after a visit to the latter may be hard on the stomach.—Sophia Kishkovsky

Open daily 11 am to midnight.

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