18/10 Teatralnaya Ploshchad
St Petersburg, Russia
This restaurant, literally a few steps from the Mariinsky Opera House, entirely recreates the atmosphere of the theatre in all its details.
The restaurant is so thoroughly steeped in the spirit of the theatre that you feel you are part of a ritual. The old piano in the corner conjures up images of Tatyana Larina from Eugene Onegin and Liza from The Queen of Spades. The Egyptian statues that gaze down impassively down on the proceedings probably remember hundreds of staging of Aida. There are shields, swords, and candelabra — and a fully operational ballet “bar.” All these theatrical props blend perfectly with the exquisite table settings and the modern cuisine.
There is a popular belief that objects retain part of the souls of people that have touched them. It is impossible not to feel a thrill when treading boards where Kshesinskaya and Pavlova performed their leaps or looking at yourself in old mirrors that might still preserve traces of the reflections of Sobinov and Shaliapin. One of the great tenors of modern times, Placido Domingo, has also graced this place with his presence, leaving his autograph in one of the windows. It is said that he was also impressed by the local cuisine.
The menu fuses French and Russian influences. Venison Carpaccio and créme lobster soup with cognac make good overtures for beluga fillet baked with mushrooms and béchamel sauce or grilled salmon with caviar sauce. All in all, this is a great choice for a
dinner. Average bill is $100, credit cards are accepted. Reservations are