One of the oldest restaurants in Vladivostok, "Lesnaya Zaimka", is located at the city’s entrance and is famous for having hosted VIPs such as CPSU General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and the U.S. president, Gerald Ford.
Throughout its history the restaurant has remained a mecca for Soviet epicures, an outpost of hunters’ cuisine in the Far East, and a hallmark of Vladivostok fare. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, and the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, as well as members of the Russian government and numerous celebrities all have dined here.
The first time visiting, newcomers are immediately stricken by the restaurant’s design. It skillfully intertwines elements of wooden architecture from the 17th century with Stalin’s empire style.
"Lesnaya Zaimka" specializes in the region’s favorite delicacies: bear and elk meat, venison, wild boar, grouse and quail. This establishment boasts food sources from local hunting farms. The local specialties that tantalize your taste buds are prepared strictly according to Soviet era recipes. At the same time, the menu also offers vibrant fusion dishes from contemporary cuisine, such as cactus and marble beef salad or grouse with fruits in Cointreau sauce.
The famous Russian hospitality, flashiness of Soviet era, ancestral culinary traditions, and unavoidable breath of modernity
Without a doubt, at least once in a lifetime every Vladivostok resident or guest has been entitled to indulge and pamper himself at an establishment like "Lesnaya Zaimka".
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