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Duo Gastrobar

St. Petersburg, Russia

Young foodies fall for relaxed bistro vibe

Why go? This pleasant bar and restaurant has been welcomed with open arms by a young and trendy St Petersburg crowd, who appreciate its simple but well-executed Mediterranean food and relaxed personality. 

Typical dishes: Italy and France loom large in options such as beef tartare with taleggio or chicken breast with morels and foie gras. Blackcurrant and tarragon sorbet makes for a sweetly aromatic end to the meal.

The vibe: The 'duo' behind the restaurant are young friends Dimitrii Blinov and Renat Malikov, who have worked at various restaurants across the city. They have instilled the dining room with a hip, laid-back atmosphere thanks to whitewashed walls, shabby-chic tables and colourful banquettes. More than reasonable prices and a nice line in coffee and cake in the afternoons add to its charms.

What else? The idiosyncratic wine list ricochets around Europe from Austria and Germany to lesser known Spanish denominations and even an orange wine from Georgia.

Other ventures: The pair opened a second restaurant called Tartarbar in 2015, specialising in meat-based dishes, many of them raw.

On the pass

  • Dmitrii Blinov

Style of food

  • Southern European

Standout dish

  • Beef tartare with taleggio