Russian in Smolny & Vosstaniya

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Although it opened in 2017, Banshiki has already earned a sterling reputation for its excellent Russian cuisine, serving up a huge variety of nostalgic dishes with a contemporary touch. Everything is made in-house, from its refreshing kvas (fermented rye bread water) to dried meats and eight types of smoked fish. Don't overlook cherry vareniki (dumplings) with sour cream, oxtail ragout or the rich borsch.

There's a 20% discount at lunch. Just downstairs from the banya, Banshiki (which means 'banya masters') makes a fine setting for a post-steam feast.