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“Three o'clock on Sunday afternoon? No problem!”
Review of Palkin

Palkin
Ranked #12 of 10,578 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $59 - $235
Cuisines: European, Russian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 15, 2013

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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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Our experience started outside , with the taxi driver who did not know a word in English and passed the location although I tried to stop him ... The Concierge told us that being a more formal place a jacket would be required ; entering the room first thing i saw was a young 'gentleman' dressed in a T shirt , sporting an unkept hair and eating some chicken with his hands...
Nevertheless the food has been outstanding, beyond critique ! We had Prawn Carpaccio, Crayfish bisque, Stroganoff and Lamb flambee. All very tasty , attractively presented , made of first class ingredients.
The service does not match the expected level considering the fame of the place. The staff is friendly but obviously lacking training and experience. For example they do not know that the red wine should be aerated before being served ! They seem to consider that the know-how could be replaced by all sort of gimmickry ...
I wonder how this place used to be back when Dostoevsky visited it ?

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Thank Cetatzeni
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

The cuisine was extraordinary with service reminiscent of that provided at the time of the Czars. The Lake Herring under the " Fur Coat" is a must! The evening was a show in itself with the four hours passing very quickly! Although pricey, we felt the meal and service was worth every ruble.

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Thank Joan212013
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Visited this beautiful restaurant in mid-August 2013 and we were wowed by the sheer drama which occurred. The chef provided little samples/tasters/amuse bouches between courses and they were frequently presented with fast flowing liquid nitrogen - very dramatic. The food is beautifully Russian and the waiters are very well trained. Beware of the wine list which would give the restaurants in Monaco a run for their money in terms of cost!!! However, the choice of wine is superb and we found a beautiful Nero Davilo from Sicily which was delicious and it didn't bankrupt us... Their Beef Stroganoff was delicious and we would recommend a visit to this exciting restaurant on this incredible main street. Very stylish and chic, in this incredible city!

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Thank Brecht56
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Excellent food and excellent service. Expensive but Worth every ruble. The restaurant located in the main street of saint petersburg and the food is a very tasty typical russian food.

Thank tami176
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