New Luxury Restaurant Opens
Published: October 2, 2013 (Issue # 1780)
Il Lago dei Cigni – a new restaurant with gourmet Italian cuisine on Krestovsky Island.
The creators of Buddha Bar St. Petersburg have built a surprisingly beautiful restaurant featuring Italian haute-cuisine. The centerpiece of the interior is devoted to “Il Lago dei Cigni” — Swan Lake" in Italian. The architectural design studio of Hirsch Bedner Associates, which has created five-star hotels from Asia to America, has carefully framed the surface of the water with pastoral greens seen through panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows. The fragile beauty of Russian nature is underscored by an exceptionally unique column/chandelier in the form of a weeping willow tree with a trunk made of selenite and its swaying branches represented by pendants. The northern shore of the lake is edged by the finest materials from around the world : Selenite from India, teak from Indonesia, furnishings from Italy and lamps made of English design in the Czech Republic.
The kitchen at Il Lago is truly imperial in every sense. Here, the classics of Italian cooking turn out to be gastronomic specialties from a palazzo rather than the usual collection of dishes found at even the most upscale trattorias. Under the careful eye of chefs Remo Matsukata and Vincenzo Verdosha, carpaccio is made from the tentacles of giant squid, Japanese marbled beef is prepared in front of the guests on volcanic rocks of pink salt and homemade pasta with white or black truffles is served in a wheel of 24-year-old Parmesan cheese. As at a royal reception, the series of dishes includes milk-fed goat chops with sage, grilled guinea fowl, stuffed quail, a roulade of sole and salmon, and black cod. Even the pizza and pasta here are made to exclusive recipes that promise new discoveries from familiar dishes.
The wine collection features more than 600 bottles including, for example, a 1965 Barbaresco or a Barolo from 1989. The cellar contains as many rarities as the kitchen — Champagne from small producers never before available in Russia, six-liter Imperials of Italian wine for large groups and numerous precious spirits, liqueurs, aquavits and infused alcohols. Once the music starts playing in the dining rooms and the lights begin to twinkle on the terraces, Swan Lake murmurs to the beat of lively conversation.
21 Severnaya Doroga, Krestovsky Island