Russian food is unique and has a long history, having contributed many muchloved dishes to the world’s plates. There are a variety of things you should try when eating out in St. Petersburg to get a real taste of the country.
Pelmeni – Balls of meat and spice wrapped in dumpling dough and boiled. Served with a dollop of smetana and a variety of accompaniments.
Borscht – The worldfamous darkred soup, perfect for a winter’s day. Hearty and delicious it can be found both with and without meat.
Blini – Very Russian, these small pancakes are fried up and served with any number of toppings, the most traditional being smetana and roe.
Georgian and Uzbek cuisine – These former USSR countries contributed their own flavour to the cuisine of Russia and definitely warrant a try. There are restaurants across the city – ask a local for their recommendation.
Pirozhki – Small pastrylike pies filled with meats, cheeses and spices.
Stroganoff – Another wellknown Russian export, this creamy stew is very filling with its traditional beef pieces.
Tea – The locals love teatime and this means there is a supreme variety on offer in stores and cafés across the city.
Vodka – No trip to St. Petersburg would be complete without sampling this most famous of Russian creations. There are literally thousands of varieties on offer, with the crisp, clear original version being the most appropriate at any time of day.