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Dom: If Walls Could Talk

Dom // 72 Moika River Embankment // Tel. 930 72 72 // Sun-Thurs: 12.30 p.m. – 11 p.m., // Fri-Sat: 12 p.m. – 1 a.m. // Dinner for two with alcohol: 3000 rubles // ($89.30). English menu available.

Published: January 22, 2014 (Issue # 1794)



  • Dom maintains the intimate and familial atmosphere of a private home.
    Photo: rest-dom.ru

There is something about the atmosphere at Dom. Like many of the historical buildings around the city, you can sense the history, the soul within the walls, no matter how much the interior may have changed over the decades. Such is the feeling at Dom that the beautifully renovated 19th-century style interior does little to shake off the feeling that something went down here…and it turns out, indeed it did.

Maintaining the layout of a house, you can choose to enjoy a drink at the bar first, join other diners in a brightly lit and spacious living room, or settle in within the small, cozy red-walled library. We chose the library after finding out that it was under this roof poet Kondraty Ryleyev, one of the leaders of the Decembrist uprising, lived. Along with other members of the group, it was here in this house that they planned the eventual bloody revolt on Dec. 26, 1825. After that snippet of history, the broodiness of the library felt like a good fit.

Noticing our shiny, rosy cheeks from the sub-zero temperatures outside, the waiter was kind enough to serve us an aperitif on the house to warm us up, and to perhaps prepare us for the rather pricey menu he then handed over. Proudly using local produce, the kitchen offers an interesting take on modern Russian cuisine, which could justify the price tag.

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With hot and cold starters offering dishes with mussels, scallops, ox tail and tongue, we ordered a more conservative serving of pumpkin fritters with red caviar and sour cream (550 rubles, $16.40). The soft fritters turned out to be more of a mash but this didn’t affect the taste — it was just more awkward to share. Topped with sour cream, the saltiness of the caviar played nicely with the sweetness of the pumpkin.

Traditional Russian salads such as Olivier, vinaigrette and dressed herring, along with soups such as borsch, ukha and shchi are all on offer. However, we decided to skip these and instead complement our sweet red Argentinian Malbec wine (350 rubles a glass, $10.42) with a grilled quail and berry ragout (850 rubles, $25.30) and rabbit pelmeni (450 rubles, $13.40).

Other dishes on the menu wrestling for our attention included roe deer fillet with warm pear and buckthorn sauce (1500 rubles, $44.65) Guinea fowl with stewed rice and truffle oil (1200 rubles, $35.70) and stewed duck leg with plum confit (790 rubles, $23.50).

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Women’s Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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