Best restaurants in Eastern Siberia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Krasnoyarsk Territory & Khakassia

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    With its imaginative Asian-themed menu, this ain't your usual hotel restaurant. Turkish pea and quinoa salads provide relief to those suffering under Siberia's carnivore dictatorship. You can also go full Khakassian by ordering potkhi (warm sour cream dip) for starters, followed by myun lamb soup, khan blood sausage and irben tea with thyme, cream and honey.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Krasnoyarsk

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    This gem is two in one – a wine bar and an Arctic-themed restaurant that upgrades traditional Siberian staples to near-Michelin levels. Nelma stroganina (a kind of frozen ceviche) quite literally melts in your mouth. Reindeer steak with cheese and pear makes a star duo with homemade chokeberry liquor. Crème brûlée with sea buckthorn sorbet is nothing short of Elysian.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Irkutsk

    Kochevnik

    Take your taste buds to the Mongolian steppe for some yurt-size portions of mutton, lamb and steak as well as filling soups and buuzy dumplings, sluiced down with a bottle from the decent foreign wine list. Smiley service, a picture menu, low prices and an exotically curtained summer terrace make this one of the most agreeable places to dine in town.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Irkutsk

    Rassolnik

    Arguably the best eating addition in the 130 Kvartal, this retro restaurant serves up a 100% Soviet-era menu (think upmarket pelmeni, okroshka, shchi, kvas and grandmother's pickles) in a plush Stalinist banqueting hall bedecked in nostalgia-inducing knick-knackery. Classic Soviet-era films are projected onto one wall, the menu is designed like a 1960s scrapbook and waiting staff are dressed for the occasion.

  • Restaurants in Krasnoyarsk

    Bar Bulgakov

    This delightfully bizarre space decorated with Soviet vanguard art and presided over by a Soviet-era female rower statue that holds a giant fork instead of an oar is best for late-night alcohol-infused dinners. The inventive fusion menu is permeated with Caucasian motifs and includes such wondrous concoctions as lamb and aubergine stew cooked in a clay pot with a rye bread cap. A great set-menu lunch served from noon till 4pm costs R370.

  • Restaurants in Ulan-Ude

    Orda

    An aspiring centre of Buryat cultural renaissance, the 'Horde' elevates coarse nomad cuisine to haute levels. Yes, it is largely meat with more meat and some onions, but the chef knows how to make lamb and even horse meat pieces as tender as spring artichokes. Frequent dinnertime concerts by famous Buryat musicians, including throat-singing artists, cost an extra R500 to R1000.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    La Boulangerie & Patisserie

    This is the kind of place Siberia's earliest Francophones, the Decembrists, must have dreamed would emerge in Irkutsk one day. Believe us, no freshly baked croissant feels more invigorating than the one consumed straight after disembarking from a train in the middle of Siberia. A variety of breakfast sets is on offer, including a not fully authentic Full English.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    Poznaya na Lenina

    With a stylishly dark interior and Buryat-themed modern paintings on the walls, this otherwise unpretentious cheapie is possibly the best place to sample pozy (R40 per person) and other Buryat-Mongolian fare in the city. The picture menu helps to break the language barrier.

  • Restaurants in Krasnoyarsk

    Khozyain Taygi

    Siberian taiga, in the form of Stolby Nature Reserve, begins right outside this refined restaurant, entirely dedicated to the kind of food one can catch or forage in the world's largest forest. A sample menu could include mousse made of, well, moose for starters, nelma (Arctic salmon) as second course and terrific frozen red whortleberries mixed with cedar nut for dessert. The restaurant is located inside Bobrovy Log Ski Resort, on the 2nd floor of the ski rental centre.

  • Restaurants in Ulan-Ude

    Baatarai Urgöö

    This yurt complex in the Verkhnyaya Berezovka suburb is a great lunch spot after a visit to the Ethnographical Museum. Take a seat in the main tent and give your taste buds the Buryat treatment in the form of buuzy (meat-filled dumplings), bukhuler (meat broth) and a glass of airag (fermented mare's milk). Take marshrutka 37 from pl Sovetov to the yurt stop. The dining space is decorated with suits of Mongol armour, traditional buryat furniture and folk costumes, and the serving staff are also dressed the part.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    Baikal Love Cafe

    For a quick introduction to native Siberians' food, check out this little eatery that serves Buryat buuzy dumplings, bukhlyor meat broth and suguday (Siberian version of ceviche) as well as Russian bliny pancakes and Central Asian noodle dishes. You'll be confronted by a bear skin hanging on the wall as you enter – because Siberia.

  • Restaurants in Ulan-Ude

    Shenekhenskiye Buuzy

    This heritage wooden izba painted in a rather psychedelic shade of green is a local institution run by Buryats who have been returning from Chinese exile in recent decades. They are widely considered as keepers of the buuzy golden standard. Order at the counter telling how many dumplings you want. Korean fern salad is our preferred side dish.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    Dom Rybaka

    You might have already been introduced to Siberian fish, but for fundamental ichthyology head to this upmarket restaurant on the outskirts of the old town. Nelma, chir, taymen and a dozen other fish varieties are served fried, stewed, grilled, as well as fresh – in the form of suguday, the Siberian version of ceviche. No English menu.

  • Restaurants in Krasnoyarsk

    Svinya i Biser

    Its wood-rich interior strives to convey the ambience of old Europe. The menu at 'Pig & Beads' is carnivore concerto grosso, with pork playing the first violin. Sausages, shashlyk (meat kebabs), burgers, steaks, schnitzels – the menu seems to cover every existing method of preparing meat. Excellent buffet breakfasts are served from 7am (R450).

  • Restaurants in Ulan-Ude

    Shashlykoff

    A nationwide chain run by a national culinary show celebrity, Shashlykoff wins the battle for the hearts and stomachs of young Buryatians with the simple barbecue+beer formula, with homemade brew going as cheap as R73 per pint. The place is always heaving and getting a table can be challenging at dinner time.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    New Zealand Pies

    Blown into central Eurasia by Pacific winds (along with myriad secondhand Japanese cars), this tiny joint churns out delicious pies with unusual fillings, from Pacific salmon and giblets in sour cream sauce to strawberries and cherries. Something worth stocking up on before boarding your Trans-Siberian train.

  • Restaurants in Krasnoyarsk

    Mike & Molly

    The stylishly unassuming interior of this Italian job suggests the focus is firmly on the food, and that assumption would be right. Possibly Krasnoyarsk’s best lasagnes, pastas, salads and proper starters land promptly on your table as you kick back on the black-cloth wall sofas with a glass of Chianti.

  • Restaurants in Lake Baikal

    Zakusochnaya Khamar Daban

    Located opposite the Sayan Sanatorium, this pleasant canteen serves up a large menu of Buryat comfort food, including boukhlyor (lamb broth), buuzy, khushuur (fried dumplings) and chebureki (juicy Tatar meat and cheese pastry). The handwritten menu can be a challenge.

  • Restaurants in Listvyanka

    Listvyanka Club

    This new airy lakeside place focuses on Baikal fish, with omul cooked in cedar-seed juice (Russians call it cedar milk), bringing together the two most iconic local staples. There is also an ample list of meat dishes, including a good variety of homemade pelmeni dumplings.

  • Restaurants in Irkutsk

    Mamay

    Like a nomad galloping through the steppe, the menu of this large modern restaurant carries goodies poached from all over Asia, from authentic tom yum and East Asian noodles to Siberian specialities, like muksun (white Arctic fish) fillet and Mongolian lamb grilled on charcoal.