Normally, I’m not a big fan of national cuisine restaurants; I believe that the best place to try it is some family event which you can be invited if you have friends or some celebration. However, after travelling around the Baltic states, I realized that the modern interpretation of traditional cuisine in restaurants can be very interesting. And I am very glad I have found a very nice place to recommend in my own city of St. Petersburg. Vkus est’ (Taste to eat) is perfectly located on Fontanka river and faces the famous Big Drama Theater of St. Petersburg. The interior is very modern – no bears, balalaika or whatever comes into your mind when you think of Russian cuisine restaurant. It has more a Scandinavian style, though some matreshkas are perfectly integrated into this simple style.
The big windows provide a nice view over old buildings at Fontanka embankment and you can watch the people go by. The menu is not very long, but it’s very creative – we enjoyed Porcini caviar, Baltic pike perch with seasonal vegetables, black currant and potato foam and Homemade tula gingerbread cheesecake. Everything was very unusual and familiar at the same time. Surprisingly it also had very quick service — which is also unusual in St. Petersburg.
By booking a seat at their site, you also get a complementary glass of lemonade, and if you have a ticket to the theater, a glass of cava in addition, to lift up your mood tonight.