Tchaikovsky’s summer terrace

Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad’s unique geographical location is reflected in the gastronomic diversity of local restaurants. Some specialize in European cuisine, while others serve predominantly Russian dishes. But wherever you go, the best of Baltic seafood will likely be on the menu.

Where to eat

Kaliningrad’s Bykov Bar
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Bykov Bar

Location: 13 Sadovaya Street, St. Petersburg

Average bill: PPPP

Cuisine: American/Mexican

Tel.: +7 (812) 906-73-05

Open: Monday-Thursday 12pm — 1am,  Friday-Saturday 12pm — 3am, Sunday 12pm-1 am

At the Bureau burger restaurant, you can get a fast and filling meal. The name may raise some eyebrows. Why “Bureau”? Simply because the word sounded funny and offbeat to the founders of this Petersburg burger chain. And their taste in names has not changed: whether it’s Bureau, Commode, or Trumeau, each restaurant still bears the “Bureau” logo.

Choose among 17 burger options – with chicken, beef, salmon, or vegetarian patties – or create your own burger with choice of bun, patty and toppings. Bureau opened more than five years ago when there were only fast-food burger places in Petersburg. Now, competitors posing as ordinary customers order burgers and chop them up to see what’s inside, hoping to reproduce them elsewhere.

Bureau updates its menu every new season. Some novelties will be offered by the time the World Cup kicks off. But certain items never change. For example, the Bureau burger with beef patty, fried egg, Adyghe cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise. To wash down this juicy burger, choose from over 30 varieties of beer, some of which may be tempting even for those who are not beer lovers: cherry, mango, pine-apple and other exotic flavors.

For lighter fare, try salmon salad with poached egg and potatoes. For dessert, get the delicious Vienna waffle with cream and tart berry jam.

Interior of Kaliningrad’s Tchaikovsky Restaurant
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Tchaikovsky

Location: 43 Tchaikovsky Street, Kaliningrad

Average bill: PPPP

Cuisine: Russian

Tel.: +7(4012) 67-44-41

Open: Monday-Sunday 9 am-midnight

The restaurant and the boutique-hotel of the same name are both on Tchaikovsky Street. So, it is hardly a surprise that music is the central leitmotif of the decor. The interiors, the hotel rooms, the piano-shaped dining tables, the chairs and the summer terrace – literally everything calls to mind the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Even the menu is styled after scenery to his ballets.

“Tchaikovsky” is a family business to which all members of the family contribute something of their own. Olga Ageyeva runs the restaurant. She develops and taste-tests dishes and oversees food quality.

The establishment serves predominantly Russian cuisine. Customers are particularly fond of the fresh-made dumplings stuffed with pike and the veal borsch. The latter comes served with cured pork fat, onions, croutons and a pinch of salt on a wooden plate. Another highlight is the veal liver with mashed potatoes and caramelized onions. The lemonade is fresh-squeezed, and the sprat is exclusively Baltic-caught.

For football fans there are burger options, though with a Russian flare. For instance, the Wrong Sort of Burger has a chopped minced veal patty instead of the traditional beef, and instead of standard French fries the restaurant serves its own distinct potato chips.

Peperonchino Pizzeria’s drinks
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Peperoncino

Location: 7 Yelena Kovalchuk Street, Kaliningrad

Average bill: PPPP

Cuisine: Italian

Tel.: +7 (4012) 31-31-47

Open: daily 11 am-11 pm

Italian cuisine in Kaliningrad is represented by Peperoncino’s pizzeria. The most popular dishes at the family trattoria are black spaghetti with seafood and creamy shrimp sauce, the Coliseum pizza and the lightly salted salmon and avocado salad.

The pumpkin menu will certainly delight health conscious diners: risotto with turkey, pumpkin and cottage cheese; caramelized pumpkin and zucchini salad with gorgonzola cheese; duck breast in ginger sauce with pumpkin risotto; and for dessert, pumpkin cheesecake. Homemade soft drinks are also available.

In addition, there is a separate children’s menu and a playroom for kids.