Upon arriving in Tomsk, we walked down to the river. Right next to us we spotted this restaurant/cafe/hotel (with a very practically placed information panel outside it indicating that Chekhov had once dined there, and found that "lunches are good"), and decided to go for a small meal. We were promptly served (it was a weekday afternoon, so not busy at all) by a friendly, English speaking waiter. The food we ordered (soup and a Muksun salad) was certainly tasty. However, although we might have ordered more dishes, the prices put us off. The location is ideal, however, with a very large, comfortable outdoor seating area, perfect for good weather. In addition, a young woman was providing some live music entertainment, though she did give the impression that it was more for the cash than anything else, which is fair enough. There were, including ourselves, a grand total of 5 guests present outside. This added to the impression that this venue is a little piece of the big cities (think Moscow seen and be seen in the right places) in terms of vibe and prices. Though I could, of course, be wrong. The interiors were all rather plush, with the goal of recreating the Chekhov epoch, and probably a great place for an evening if you choose to spend a bit more. For us, overall, the food was tasty but pricey, and the location lovely for a special occasion.
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