On my most recent visits to Russia, I had the opportunity to have lunch at Bellevue Brasserie, among Saint Petersburg’s top restaurants, located at Kempinski Moika 22.
I arrived at the hotel with a small group just after spending the whole morning at the nearby Hermitage Museum. Kempinski Moika 22 is situated by river Moika, in the heart of historical Saint Petersburg and near some of the city’s most important attractions, including the Church of Spilled Blood.
Once we entered the hotel lobby, I was struck by the glass roof, which allowed a lot of natural light in, making the space bright and very pleasant. Especially with all the plants and beautiful flower arrangements.
LUNCH AT BELLEVUE BRASSERIE, SAINT PETERSBURG
As its name suggests, Bellevue Brasserie, located on the hotel 9th floor, offers some of the best views of Saint Petersburg. So you can imagine me and my friends spending quite some time photographing the rooftops of Saint Petersburg. After all, it’s not every day that we have such privileged views of Alexander Column and the golden domes of the Winter Palace.
Once seated, we were served some champagne. The Bellevue Brasserie has a modern contemporary decor in very light colours, which go with the ambience. One thing I really liked is the long mirror wall, so even if you sit facing the wall, you won’t miss on the view.
The restaurant serves international dishes with emphasis on French cuisine, but you will also have the best of Russian gastronomy.
We had blini with red caviar as an appetizer – it is a Russian tradition to start a special meal with some local caviar.
After that, we had an amazing Kamchatka crab salad, the restaurant’s signature dish. Kamchatka is a remote peninsula in eastern Russia, by the Bering Sea. These crabs can grow to up to 1.8metre (leg span) and are a real delicacy.
As main course, we had another quintessentially Russian dish: beef stroganoff with potato puree. The beef was very tender and melted in the mouth. It is believed that the dish was named after the Stroganoff family, some of Russia’s most prominent merchants.
To finish our indulgent afternoon at Bellevue Brasserie, I had probably the most extravagant dessert I’ve ever had – and you probably already know that I like to eat well!
The dessert is a creation by chef Christophe Laplaza to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum. Named “L’Ermitage”, this beautifully presented dessert consists of a sphere of dark chocolate, filled with creamy pannacotta, raspberry jelly, a tiny piece of biscuit, honey mousse, on top of fresh raspberries.
The dessert is an edible piece of art – cheese not intended. I could easily have eaten another one – or five!
After this amazing lunch, it was hard to leave the hotel. I’m sure you can see why, right? 🙂