The Other Side (Gourmet Chick in Russia)

Mara Voheres, the author of Lonely Planet’s St Petersburg City Guide names a meal at self proclaimed “gastro bar and refuge” The Other Side in her imaginary top St Petersburg day. I was not so impressed.

The Other Side is in a semi subterranean room with some outside tables on the pavement. MTV boyfriend and I had some drinks outside before torrential rain struck (thats St Petersburg in summer for you) so we moved inside for a quick dinner.

I went for the salmon fillet on soba noodles with vegetables. I was looking forward to the vegetables but sadly there was not a vegetable in sight on my plate. Whats more the noodles were super greasy. MTV boyfriend’s steak sandwich was a bit better. The steak was fairly tender and it came in a large bread roll with mushrooms and onions. All decent enough as steak sandwiches go. However we were not tempted to linger for dessert or to make a return visit.

Details: 1 Ul Bolshaya Konyushennya, St Petersburg, Russia (Ph: 312 95 54)
Damage: Reasonable

Other tips for St Petersburg

Probka, 5 Ul Belinskogo: You must go here if you visit St Petersburg. It is an ultra cool wine bar which serves wine by the quarter, half or full bottle. We didn’t eat there, but the food was Italian and looked good.

Elephant, 30 Ul Makovaya: The whole menu is in Cyrillic and no one speaks English but ask for the blinis with coffee and tea and you will get good pancakes at a good price.


  1. Haha, you should have stayed to dine and taken a seat on the second floor – while enjoying tasty food and Petersburgs most friendly service you could have watched Russian drivers trying to park the huge cars and sleeping while their bosses are dining upstairs in the exquisite restaurant part Il Grappole. I love Aram’s restaurants 🙂

  2. Thanks for the tip Jakob – next time…

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