Palkin, St. Petersburg
Tel: 7 812 103 5371
Tel: 7 812 140 1820
Concierge.com's insider take:
Since the restaurant that was founded in 1785 and counted Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky among its regulars reopened in 2002, it's been the hottest haute table in town. Its czarist opulence is updated, its marquetry floors polished and ornate moldings restored, but it's the food that seals the deal. Maxim Krilov bases his menus on classical Russian cuisine, touched up with the classical French that St. Petersburgers so love: sturgeon baked in white wine served with crayfish and sautéed mushrooms, foie gras soufflé. Service is formally fawning, and there's usually live music to accompany.
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