Open since 2003, this laid-back restaurant was the first of what became the trendy Ginza Project restaurant group. It remains one of the top places for the city's social elite, serving a mix of Japanese, Italian, and Uzbek dishes. There's also an extensive assortment of seafood, cooked any way you want—as sushi, sashimi, or carpaccio; or grilled, fried, baked, or smoked. There are also lots of meat dishes and soups as well as spicy salads and a long dessert menu. The interior design is all about minimalism and Zen, with the use of lots of natural materials, such as volcanic rock and wood. The restaurant is in its own small park, with a children's playground and a duck pond. Reservations are essential.
16 Aptekarsky Prospekt
Our Rating Neighborhood Botanical Garden Hours Daily 1pm–late Transportation Metro: Vyborgskaya, Lesnaya Phone 812/324-7094 Prices Main courses RUB490–RUB9,000 Cuisine Type Japanese, Italian, Uzbek Web site Ginza
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