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B152 Tearoom: Chic Refuge

B152 Tearoom // 152 Nevsky Prospekt // Tel. 8 911 924 3137 // Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. // Dinner for two without alcohol: 2190 rubles ($66.40). // English menu available.

Published: December 25, 2013 (Issue # 1792)



  • The blue and red chairs break up the minimalist design of the interior.
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With neighbors such as Chanel, Georgio Armani and Fendi, one may think they can only afford a liquid lunch as they approach the entrance of B152 Tearoom. However, despite the rarefied precincts, the new restaurant maintains the chic without heaping on the overly excessive charges.

Caught in the rain without an umbrella, it’s fair to say we were looking worse for wear as we accidentally headed upstairs in the Nevsky 152 building. Finding ourselves surrounded by designer items priced higher than amounts promised to you in Nigerian scam emails, we easily stood out and were quickly directed back downstairs and shown the way to B152. Fearing a similar situation as we approached the restaurant’s entrance, we were relieved when greeted by warm smiles and immediately felt welcomed in the fashionable new space.

Split into two areas, your eyes are immediately drawn to the alternate red and blue cushioned chairs that break up the minimalist design, making you wish you could inject some of that same effortless style in your own living area.

As to be expected, tea is the main feature of the four-page drinks menu. Offering varieties of black, green and herbal tea, we ordered the northern Ivan tea from Siberia (280 rubles, $8.50) and a serving of Ginger Glog from their non-alcoholic warm cocktail menu (280 rubles, $8.50). With a faint honey aroma, the black tea was light on the palate and the perfect setup for the meal ahead. Meanwhile there was nothing faint about the Ginger Glog, with the sharply perfumed drink instantly warming the body and eliminating any effects from a lingering cold. With ingredients such as ginger syrup, honey, lemon and spices, an optional shot of vodka would be a welcomed addition to truly kill off any winter ailments.

Offering a decent section of entrees, salads, soups and mains, the main menu offers enough variety to be enjoyed any time of day. To start, we ordered lima beans with basil pesto (210 rubles, $6.40) and a beetroot carpaccio and goat cheese salad (380 rubles, $11.50). The lima bean starter would have been perfect had it not been soaked in olive oil — the basil pesto with parmesan offered enough flavor….yet we still easily cleared the plate. No suggestions are offered for the generous serving of salad however, with the mixture of pine nuts, pomegranate, goats cheese, salad and of course fresh beetroot carpaccio delivering a reliable and satisfying combination.

Facing a window filled with nothing but the darkness and rain beyond, we couldn’t resist trying the chicken soup with noodles for something heartwarming (240 rubles, $7.30) along with crispy skin salmon (520 rubles, $15.70). Unfortunately the soup ended up being more thigh warming than heartwarming. Served with long pasta strands, the soup was generously topped with dill, hiding the dimpled appearance of pallid chicken skin still attached to the two pieces of white meat lurking below. For those not on a diet, the thick salmon fillet is worth the price tag. Served on a bed of steamed beans, drizzled with garlic oil and a slathering of basil pesto, the dish leaves you full without feeling heavy.

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Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café — 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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