Having read of the restaurant in the St Petersburg Times "Dining Out" section, we drifted in to Palkin at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, more out of stubborn curiosity than anything else. I was dressed in a t-shirt, slacks and closed shoes.
We were asked by the front desk downstairs whether we had a reservation, and then followed the concierge up the stairs to the restaurant, with very low expectations. The dining room was completely empty. Everything seemed tired and a little old. But we were shown to a table ...
... And entered a dream world. We ordered a main course, which we followed up with a generous platter of French cheeses and coffees, accompanied by a very interesting and delicious bottle of Russian Pinot Noir. This - together with the complimentary dishes from the chef - made up a three-hour meal, served by friendly, knowledgeable and obliging waiters.
We rolled out at six o'clock, in the height of good humour, knowing that this had been a meal to remember. A great meal. A dining experience.
(A note to fellow travellers - this is not a budget restaurant. The symbol $$$ means what it says.)
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