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“Lovely dinner spot, very good food”
Review of Bozhole - CLOSED

Bozhole
Cuisines: European, Russian
Neighborhood: Nevskiy
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Neighborhood: Nevskiy
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We had had a snack in the upstairs cafe (which has some window tables for great people -watching), and decided to try the restaurant downstairs. We enjoyed it a lot. The food was quite good. They have a 3-part menu: Russian standards,"Mediterranean", and French. I had the Beef Stroganoff, which was very tender and flavorful. I was surprised that it came with rice (I'm used to Noodles), but they worked well together. My wife had Borscht (also very good), and we split a salad, which had great herbs in it.

Portions, while not huge, were plenty for dinner. The total cost (including 3 glasses of wine and tax, but no desert and excluding tip) was US$57. While this is not cheap, it's quite reasonable for downtown St. Petersburg.

The ambiance is very nice (looked like a Paris Bistro), and there was live piano music. Service was generally good, but since the restaurant is in several rooms, sometimes it was hard to find a waiter. However, we had no trouble getting out when we needed to in order to make our train.

Our dining room had 2 large TVs, showing a bathing suit fashion show (with the sound muted). Depending on whether you liked this or not, you might choose another dining room. We had no problem with the noise level, even with the piano playing.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

But background music so loud you can't converse or even talk intelligibly with the waitresses.

Biggest disappointment though was the food. I ordered veal medallions with baked potatoes with sour cream (a la carte).

I've had veal medallions all over American and various parts of the world, I love them. The ones I got here were about 1 1/2 inches thick and so overcooked, tough and dry they were inedible. I mentioned this to the waitress who called her supervisor (who spoke better English). She offered a replacement of a beef steak, which I ordered rare. The steak, which came with a salad, was very good.

When we got the bill we noticed they still charged us for the veal and potatoes. The waiteress called her supervisor who exzplained that, since they ALWAYS cook the veal medallions to be overcooked, dry and inedible, they could not offer a credit for them or the potatoes which they had taken away with the plate of veal. And they also had to charge for the beef steak.

In other words, it was all my fault for not knowing in advance how they cooked their veal.

I tried pointing out that the whole purpose of veal is to have an exceptionally tender piece of meat which can easily be ruined by overcooking, which defeats the purpose. She maintained that since that is how they always ook it, it was my fault, not theirs so I should pay.

I will of course object to the extra charge as soon as it hits my Visa card.

Most disappointing experience. Other than the loud background music making conversation almost impossible, this would have been a great experience if they simply knew how to cook veal or, if they had admitted an error and not charged me for it, as any restaurant in the civilized world would have done.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Just off Nevsky Prospect. Pork Portuguese-style, stroganoff and Baltika No. 7 beer more than satisfactory. Reviews for Bozhole are also for this Restaurant/Café. Its website is bojole.com just to avoid confusion!

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

My first night in St. Petersburg I arrived in early evening and found this place while walking to the money exchange. It is only a few meters off of Nevsky Pr. and quite easy to find. Some of the staff spoke some English and others didn't but all were very nice. The menu is in both English and Russian. That night I had the salmon in white wine and orange sauce with grilled vegetables. The fish was nicely cooked The sauce was pleasant and didn't overpower the taste of the salmon. I went back to this restaurant another night and tried the duck breast in forest berry sauce and it was even better. (It was more expensive than the fish but not outrageous). The sauce had a hint of sweetness, but again, it was well balanced and not cloying or sticky. The duck was served with just a hint of pink. I prefer duck to be quite rare but didn't think to ask for it that way. I'm sure had I thought to do so they would have obliged.
Finally, the atmosphere is very nice. Wine bottles and books decorate the upstairs. Downstairs is where the bulk of the seating is and it is more modern feeling. They had a live accordion player but the volume was kept at a level where you could still easily converse. Something I wish this place would teach the rest of the world. I find it very pleasant not to have to shout at my dinner companions.
In short, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013
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