Food in St. Petersburg, or how I ate as a real Russian (did I?)

DranikiDuring my short trip to Saint Petersburg, the most charming city in Russia, in ate only once in a restaurant.

As a result of that trip, I published a photo essay of Saint Petersburg historical center and a tip-post on a good budget hotel.

In the comments of the latter post, I was asked by Victor of Victor Travel Blog, a Russian travel blogger, to post something on Russian food.

Okay Victor, here’s the story around the only Russian meal I ever had.

I wanted that single shot to be totally Russian. It is my habit to eat local as much as I can, especially on short trips, in the belief that food, as much as language, tells a lot about a country’s culture. However, to be completely honest, I’m a total glutton.

But I digress.

What I did was looking for a restaurant offering typical Russian food. I found one close to the hotel, in Malaya Morskaya, a few steps away from the Cathedral.

The menu at Saint Petersburg's restaurant, with my choice

The menu at Saint Petersburg’s restaurant, with my choice

Once inside, I asked the waitress to help me choose a typical Russian dish. I told her it would have been even better if it was a real St. Petersburg dish.

Her advice was to try Draniki, which–she said–is a real St.Petersburg working-class food. Whether it is really like that or not, I leave it to Russian readers to confirm. I’m totally illiterate about Russian food.

First thing: it was good. Secondly, the ingredients weren’t the ones of haute cuisine, which is in favor of the real-working-class-dish theory.

The Draniki was made of potatoes fried in a pan and garnished with mushrooms and sour cream.

While simple in its ingredients and preparation, it was for sure heavy. I enjoyed it a lot, but I felt full for the rest of the day afterwards.

As you can see from the menu, price was 280 roubles, or US$ 9, or € 7.


The Draniki I had in St. Petersburg

The bill was inside this wooden book. A nice touch

The bill was inside this wooden book. A nice touch


That was me with my very limited experience. I’d love to learn more from you with your personal experience and knowledge about Russian food.

5 Thoughts on “Food in St. Petersburg, or how I ate as a real Russian (did I?)

  1. It is very good that the bill was not as thick as a book. :-)
    Victor Tribunsky recently posted..Tiny Bruges – Plenty of AttractionsMy Profile

    • I guess you, as a Russian, don’t deem 280 rubles to be a high price. I’ll take your word for it, as I really have no frame of reference at all on Russian food prices.

  2. Thats really great.
    Hasan recently posted..Russian greatest breakthroughs: Yuri GagarinMy Profile

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