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.
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.
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.