Restaurants

Top Choice Georgian in Samara

Cafe Puri

This warm, welcoming restaurant offers authentic Georgian food and wine to an adoring public. Evening reservations are a must. Here's the place to sample kuchmachi (chicken innards, and walnuts and pomegranate seeds…
Top Choice Tatar in Kazan

Tatarskaya Usadba

The 'Tatar Farmstead' is located adjacent to the Old Tatar Settlement and plays on traditional themes, both in the restaurant's decor and menu. There's a full range of Tatar classics, including several dishes with h…
Top Choice Central Asian in Astrakhan

Mindal

This is the ideal spot to sample the diverse cuisines of the Caspian Sea region. Choose from traditional Azeri, Persian, Kazakh and Russian dishes, starting off with a 'Tsar's fish soup', then dabbling with baked la…
Top Choice Russian in Saratov

Odessa

This traditional restaurant serves a mix of mains and grills, drawing on Russian and Ukrainian influences. Excellent salads and soups (including a filling borsch) as well as well-done grilled pork, chicken and fish …
Top Choice Russian in Samara

Staraya Kvartira

The ‘Old Flat’ is a total delight: a rabbit warren of tiny rooms all done up in peak Soviet-era kitsch. In keeping with the theme, the eclectic menu draws on old communist classics, such as the hamburger served with…
Top Choice Russian in Volgograd

Hungry

This centrally located upscale cafe is an ideal choice for lunch or dinner. Wood-fired pizzas, gourmet salads and a long list of soups as well as meat and fish dishes. Enjoy homemade cakes and ice cream for dessert,…
Top Choice Russian in Nizhny Novgorod

Restoratsia Pyatkin

Pyatkin makes you feel like a merchant back in his mansion after a great trading day at the fair. The menu is full of Volga fish specialities; it brews the unusual apple kvas (fermented rye bread water) for R75 and …
Uzbek in Saratov

Chaikhana Uzbechka

A charming spot to sample the Central Asian cuisines of the former Soviet Union, including Uzbek, Tajik and Kazakh national dishes. There are big plates of grilled meats, plenty of fresh-baked bread, and salad plate…
Russian in Nizhny Novgorod

Bezukhov

This literary cafe with antique furnishings, stucco ceiling and the feel of a living room is part of a Nizhny Novgorod project called ‘Eda i Kultura’ (Food and Culture), which brings food and culture together into a…
Tatar in Kazan

Dom Tatarskoy Kulinarii

The hushed, overly formal setting and mandatory coat check lend a faint whiff of tourist trap, but don't let that dissuade you. The menu is filled with Tatar specialities, such as (better than it sounds) stewed hors…