A few years ago, Lena Alimova did not know anything about Chinese tea and could not even imagine that there was a tea master profession. Once she found the Chaism.pro tea community on the network of Yekaterinburg and she became interested: people specially go to China, study tea production and a variety of varieties, and teach tea art.
Since the fall of last year, several popular pizzerias with a Neapolitan slant were opened in St. Petersburg at once. “22 centimeters” (team Red. Steak and Wine) on Zhukovsky Street, Camorra (team AF Brew) in Kovensky Lane and “Forno Bravo!” (Beer Card team) on Leo Tolstoy Square - the projects are largely different.
Since its founding, Life around has been tirelessly following everything that happens in the city - the opening of shops, cafes, restaurants and salons - and talks about the most significant and interesting readers. However, the normative pursuit of novelty by 2016 has become obsolete: when you talk about discoveries, you forget about old places that continue to change for the better.
In November 2015, three friends - Nikolai Richter, Mikhail Fisher and Nikolai Serdotetskiy - without experience in the restaurant business, opened the Lepim and Cook dumplings in Stoleshnikov Lane. For several months, “Sculpt and Cook” has become one of the most popular eateries in the city and took first place in our rating of the best dumplings in Moscow.
Talk about the restaurant crisis in Moscow does not stop. Some complain about the decrease in attendance of public catering establishments, others - at a catastrophic increase in rental prices, and still others - at the effect of the food embargo on the menu. Nevertheless, institutions continue to open in different parts of Moscow. In a new series of interviews, Life around decided to talk with those who, even in times of crisis, are not afraid to experiment, launch new projects and re-invent old ones.
Burgers are still one of Moscow’s main street foods. It would seem that the boom has passed on them, but more and more new establishments appear, ready to feed the townspeople with all kinds of variations of buns and cutlets. Life around decided to find out how popular burgers are among those who deal with them every day, and asked representatives of six establishments about how often and where they eat burgers, and which are considered the most delicious.
In April, the Moscow-Delhi culinary workshop moved from Khokhlovka to Patriarch Ponds, which has recently become a cluster of Moscow restaurants. As before, coming here is by appointment. There is no menu, but there are lunches and dinners of Indian cuisine. Life around talked with co-owner Galina Bott about how the life of a small vegetarian restaurant changed with the move.
In November 2015, three friends (Nikolai Richter, Mikhail Fisher and Nikolai Serdotetskiy) without experience in the restaurant business opened the dumplings "Lepim and Cook" in Stoleshnikov Lane. Mikhail Fisher and Nikolai Serdotetskiy are still working on Comedy Radio, and for Nikolai Richter, who holds the position of CEO, dumpling has become the main activity.
In January 2014, chefs Dmitry Blinov and Renat Malikov, who set off for free swimming from the restaurant holding ZL Group, opened the Duo gastrobar on Kirochnaya Street in St. Petersburg - an almost home establishment with 25 seats, where they personally engaged in both kitchen and service. The risky adventure at that time turned into almost a sensation: affordable and vibrant food for every day, characteristic of the European format, which can now be considered a rarity in Russia; fame, excitement and competition for free tables.
Photos by Dmitry Tsyrenshchikov At the beginning of July, the Caffe'500 was launched - the third restaurant on Bakunin Street owned by restaurateurs Elena Kuznetsova and Franco Kazadei, and at the same time the fifth restaurant they opened in St. Petersburg. The couple launched their first project, a modest ice cream parlor Venezia, about ten years ago.
A little more than a month ago, the Japanese cafe "Takoyaki-mise" started working on the Petrograd side. The two-story establishment is located in the former garage and potentially claims the role of a regional attraction: in terms of choice of dishes and decoration, it does not at all resemble usual Japanese restaurants.
In Moscow you can find a restaurant for every taste and budget. Here, on one side of the street, McDonald's and the cheburechny USSR are adjoining safely, and a little further away, literally on the opposite side of Tverskoy Boulevard, is the Turandot Restaurant and Pushkin Cafe with a reputation as one of the city’s most expensive establishments.
Photos by Dmitry Tsyrenshchikov About four years ago, Eduard Muradyan opened a secret restaurant on the Moika embankment without a sign the size of a large apartment and conceived as a private apartment, where five days a week they arrange something like dinner parties. “EM” quickly became one of the main restaurant sights of the city: there is no menu, instead of it visitors are offered two sets to choose from - the main and vegan sets, the dishes of which are simultaneously served at each table.
Since its founding, Life around has been tirelessly following everything that happens in the city - the opening of shops, cafes, restaurants and salons - and talks about the most significant and interesting readers. In our section "Industry" we give the floor to people who have contributed to the development of the restaurant business in Moscow. One of them is Khatuna Kolbaia, the founder of Saperavi Cafe restaurants and Wai Me eateries!
Almost a year ago in Moscow on Trubetskaya Street a new place appeared - the Scandinavian restaurant MØS. Andrey Korobyak, who was born in Estonia and managed to work in the Danish restaurant Geranium, which has three Michelin stars, became the chef of MØS. Korobyak managed to bring from Denmark to Moscow not only neo-Nordic cuisine, but also the traditions of relationships within the restaurant team.
Dumplings - one of the most relevant dishes of the autumn-winter season. Together with the chef of the restaurant "Cafe Pushkin" Andrei Makhov, Life around was already looking for the most delicious dumplings of the city. Now we decided to find out how those who work with them daily relate to dumplings. To do this, we talked with the staff of four Moscow dumplings about their preferences and the difficulties of many people cooking their favorite pastry dish with filling.
The canteens, which first appeared at the dawn of the industrial revolution and were initially oriented towards not too picky factory workers, are gaining a new life. In St. Petersburg, recently they can be found on every corner - sometimes even where, it would seem, they should not be: in place of prominent restaurants and central streets, where rents are traditionally very high.
Life around tirelessly monitors everything that happens in the city - the opening of shops, cafes, restaurants and salons - and talks about the most significant and interesting readers. In our section "Industry" we give the floor to people who have contributed to the development of the restaurant business in Moscow. This time we talked with Vadim Kurganov and Munira Shermanova, the founders of the Lyubov Pirogova cafe on the Danilovsky market.
Until recently, profile restaurants in port Petersburg, if they appeared, mainly offered European seafood at sky-high prices. However, over the past year several interesting restaurant projects have been launched in the city, which not only try to work with Russian fish and seafood, but also try to adhere to a reasonable pricing policy.
In September 2015, a shop with Dagestan cuisine started operating on the Danilovsky market. It was opened by Rasul Parkuev, Kamila Parkueva and Murad Kalayev, who are also the owners of the Lucky culinary studio at Avtozavodskaya, the Dagestani restaurant "Zhi is" on Ordzhonikidze street and the project for street markets "Miracle".
Life around tirelessly monitors everything that happens in the city - the opening of shops, cafes, restaurants and salons - and talks about the most significant and interesting readers. In our section "Industry" we give the floor to people who have contributed to the development of the restaurant business in Moscow. In the new issue, Maria Troitskaya, who at the age of 21, managed to establish her own brand of desserts and launch the online confectionery Californicaketion.