We chose to eat in the Astoria Cafe on our first evening in St. Petersburg - primarily as my Parents were staying at the hotel so was convenient. I changed the time of the booking back 30 mins and this was dealt with by the restaurant manager without any problem at all.
The restaurant is a large room overlooking St. Isaacs Cathedral. Although it is part of the Astoria, it is tucked out to one side of the hotel so any noise from the hotel reception area is minimal. You get the sense and can imagine what the room used to be like a few years ago as there are a few clues to the 'art deco' style still around. I would say that I think that Forte have probably over done it a bit and perhaps taken too much of the character of the room and building away, but it is still a nice, light and comfortable room.
The service was efficient and the staff were polite, all spoke good English and were all good humoured and fun. Between us, we sampled the Olivier Salad with Crab (very good - could have done with a bit more crab), the braised rabbit (very good), the stroganoff (very good) and the Coulibiac which was a shallow fish pie (excellent). The pavlova was recommended for dessert and was very good.
So in summary, good food and good service in a historic hotel. We were pleased with our choice for our first evening and I'd recommend paying a visit to the Astoria - even if just to have a look at the name plaques by the lift doors or even better to have afternoon tea and cakes in the Rotunda Lounge (all very delicious!),
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