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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. Petersburg’s 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, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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