Despite the kitschy decor (think stuffed camel in the corner), Karavan is a superb Central Asian restaurant with a lovely location overlooking the Fontanka River. Open grills line the dining room, giving an optimum view (and scent) of the kebabs that are on the menu.

It's not strictly Central Asian cookery on offer though, with shrimp grilled in cognac and seabass both on the menu. Service is attentive and efficient.