Eleanor Pray – an American woman who lived in Vladivostok from 1894 to 1930 and left the most famous memoir of the city – sang the praises of Russian soup with black bread. Her family of wealthy merchants could afford crab, salmon, pheasant, or wild boar steaks; still, Eleanor admitted that ordinary Russian soup evoked great delight.
For foreigners, Russian cuisine is a new experience, a combination of the incompatible. In cafe "Lozhki-Ploshki," the simple hearty food brings together representatives of different cultures. Travelers from other countries try their first borshch here, and locals come in for their favorite homemade dishes.
This cozy, colorful cafe is situated in a building constituted as an architectural monument. While your order is being prepared, check out the original brick vaulted ceilings and walls decorated with kitchenware from our grandmothers’ days.
"Lozhki-Ploshki” is sincere hospitality, the aroma of baking, and attention to detail. Traditional New Year's salads, for example, are served in elegant crystal bowls - the kind that were carefully kept in a sideboard in Soviet families and taken out only on special occasions. Porcelain plates with eye-catching designs make each course that much more impressive.
Russian cuisine is a mixture of the culinary heritages of various nations; accordingly, the menu features Ukrainian salo, chuchvara soup from the Caucuses, and Jewish vorschmak (beef or herring, bread and onions are minced, mixed with cream, and baked). So as not to be without Far Eastern tones – you will also find fritters and crepes stuffed with salmon, broiled navaga (saffron cod) with country fried potatoes, and pelmeni (Siberian dumplings) with shrimp or salmon.
"Lozhki-Ploshki " has every color and taste of pelmeni imaginable: green - with cheese and spinach; yellow - with chicken, cheese and basil; black - with shrimp; and, of course, classic ground meat. Order several types for the whole table to enjoy and fully appreciate the felicitous experiments of the chef.
Here you will find eggplant caviar, which became popular thanks to the film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Professions," as well as pozharskiye kotlety (fried breaded cutlets), which Pushkin himself wrote about. We recommend trying classic Russian kholodets (aspic) with braised pork or chicken. And the "Napoleon" cake here is something special, with apples.
In the morning, you can enjoy a hearty Russian breakfast at cafe "Lozhki-Ploshki " – golden crepes with various fillings, curd cheese fritters, omelets, breads, and hot cereals. Or drop in throughout the day and have a quick snack of freshly baked puff pastries and cakes.
Of course, it is impossible to leave "Lozhki-Ploshki” without sampling their sweets – a variety of pies and cakes, kids’ favorite tubular pastry shells with caramelized condensed milk, and classic cheesecake. Everyone will find a dessert to meet their taste!
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