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Polet Cafe: Affordable Luxury

Polet Café // 7 Ulitsa Pestelya // Tel. 917 1747 // Open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. // Meal for two with alcohol: 1,810 rubles ($52.70)

Published: July 16, 2014 (Issue # 1820)




  • Photo: Polet Cafe / VK.com

Recently opened and rather unnoticeably tucked away at 7 Ulitsa Pestelya, Polet café is a very modern and hip establishment that offers a casual dining experience perfect for small to medium gatherings. Additionally, the café is within comfortable walking distance of some of St. Petersburgs most iconic tourist attractions, including the Church on Spilled Blood and the Summer Garden.

The interior of the café is, as my companion keenly noted, nothing special. On the other hand, the simplicity of its modern design and décor, complimented by a small wine bar tucked away in the back corner, create a very simple yet inviting interior. There is a noticeable amount of empty space among the surprisingly limited amount of seating. However, it becomes somewhat unnoticeable and in practice, even useful: a medium-sized gathering saw fit to use the space as standing room for socializing over cocktails.

As far as drinks are concerned, Polet offers a limited selection of cocktails, beers and wines. The average price for a glass of wine is 240 rubles ($6.99) while most cocktails and beers were similarly priced. Much like the décor, the menu is simple and to the point. While lacking any descriptive texts of each dish, the menu serves as exactly what the café claims itself to be: a blend of Italian and Russian cuisine, offering an array of dishes ranging from a classic four cheese pizza (420 rubles, $12.23) to borsch and mushroom cream soup (290 and 260 rubles, $8.44 and $7.57, respectively).

Pasta is also not in short supply at Polet. The penne with salmon (360 rubles, $10.48) includes a generous portion of penne pasta topped with small pieces of salmon and bathed in a tomato cream sauce. Both the penne and salmon were cooked to perfection and smothered in the light, flavorful sauce. The romaine salad is very reasonably priced at 370 rubles ($10.78). Crisp leaves of romaine lettuce are complimented by slices of fresh cherry tomatoes topped with smoked salmon. While unremarkable in and of itself (and, noticeably, without any dressing to speak of) the ingredients were extremely fresh.

To complement both of the aforementioned dishes, the grilled vegetables garnish (190 rubles, $5.53) and flatbread with pesto (170 rubles, $4.95) were delectable and would certainly compliment any dish on the menu. While the desert menu offered very few choices, the sbrisalona (230 rubles, $6.70), a small portion of cake-like pastries served with a small bucket of sweet cream sauce, was an undistinguished but pleasant choice to close out the meal.

Short of the very reasonably priced dishes and casual atmosphere, there is nothing that especially distinguishes Polet. Yet, this is what is so attractive about the dining experience at Polet cafe: simplicity and modernity are the most pronounced aspects of the café, complimented by a casual atmosphere and flavorful dishes. Without a doubt, Polet café is a surefire choice for anyone looking for a casual and inexpensive yet enjoyable dining experience.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Aug. 20


AmCham gets back to business after a summer hiatus with todays EHS Committee Working Group Meeting. Check their website for more details.



Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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