Gogol’s Restaurant, St Petersburg
Posted by Lisa Hill on August 30, 2012
Last night we took the advice of our genial tour guide, Igor, and went to dinner at Gogol’s Restaurant. We were told that Gogol himself lived here, (and perhaps it is true) and there are Bookish touches throughout the restaurant, most notably the menu which has been crafted like a novel. The restaurant is composed of several small rooms, so it is like eating in a 19th century home, and the waitresses are dressed in simple 19th century costumes.
There is always a risk with places like this that are designed to reel in the tourists, that the food will be a disappointment, but no. We dined with five of our new friends from the tour group – two fellow-Aussies from Heathmont in Melbourne, an American couple from New York, and a Professor of Fine Arts from the UK, and all of us enjoyed our choices.
I forgot to photograph our second courses (possibly because our Languedoc wine was so nice), but you can see our entrees in the slideshow below. Ron’s little pastries that look like ravioli are white fish pelmeni; that little glass on the plate of fish is vodka with horseradish (which Tim said was delicious); the Prof had an excellent borscht, and Betsy had black ‘milk’ Siberian mushrooms. Mine was a prawn salad with a delicious cherry sauce, and Tony’s was an excellent eggplant salad. You can also see the scrumptious homemade breads as well. The service was excellent, and the ambience a delight. Good company, good Russian cuisine – what more could we want, eh?