It’s hard to find Tiger Lily — like a princess from “Peter Pan” with the same name, this Municipal Chinese Cafe hides itself well.
You have to enter the Passage from Ital’yanskaya street and look for the futuristic flower store on your right between the 50 and 52 signs on the wall (or enter from Nevski and walk all the way through and then it’s on your left). Enter the fluorescent flower store and go straight to the door with the stripes. Here you are, at the Tiger Lily.
It’s bright and cozy here, with big windows facing the yard and plants surrounding the tables. There are metal chopsticks on every table but if you are not comfortable with this choice, you can ask for the fork. I’d call the cuisine Panasian. There’s soups, salads, starters, main courses and desserts — and the portions are generous.
There are electric sockets so you could use the place for work. There’s also a wine menu with lots of choices so it could be a place for meetups or even small celebrations. Due to the fact it’s so well-hidden from the Passage, there are no guests who might have wandered around and entered, only those who knew they should come here, and that makes Tiger Lily (and you!) even more special.
The spot is maintained by the Co-op Garage team.