The patrons of Rafinad grand-cafe are convinced that Rostov’s most delicious and filling breakfasts are served here. The selection is great: there are cottage cheese fritters, omelets, patés and the main bestsellers — pancakes and Guriev porridge from semolina, with nuts and mango creme brulee. You can follow this up with milk, cacao, hot chocolate, or one of the many coffee drinks. The cafe’s main menu is a reminder of traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The salad with fresh vegetables and cheese quenelles, spinach cream soup with poached egg, grilled dorado fish, and rabbit patties with buckwheat risotto are especially good. Milk cocktails and vitamin smoothies have a whole menu section to themselves — these are also great, and are popular with children.
Osaka chain of Japanese restaurants strives to provide their customers with a sense of tranquility, since the owners believe that a quiet atmosphere is something in short supply for the majority of large city dwellers.
People come to Osaka to eat sushi rolls, as the selection is quite good, and you get your value for the money. There are more than 60 varieties of sushi rolls, including familiar Californian rolls, as well as tempura rolls. There are other Japanese dishes on the menu as well — sukiyaki soup, bateru, which is veal tongue with mushrooms and rice with seafood sauce, and Japanese-style casserole with vegetables and chicken. There’s a European cuisine menu as well, which includes pizzas, burgers and quite a few grilled dishes.
Italian cafe Mangio is located on the first floor of Attache Hotel, a couple of steps away from Pushkinskaya Street — the main pedestrian artery of Rostov. It has a classical interior, and awaiting their orders, the customers can study the ceiling, decorated by paintings in large wooden frames.
The menu has all the obligatory varieties of pasta and risotto, as well as hot appetizers. The wide variety of Mediterranean fish and meat dishes is sprinkled with several kinds of classical American steaks.
Mama Donna chain of Italian cafes is a great choice for a family breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There’s a separate large kids’ menu, as well as playroom corners in all the establishments. The cafes have warm and light interiors, cheerful and home-like.
The menu boasts a large pizza selection, both classical varieties and house specials. Pizza with wild mushrooms, and pizza with tuna and onions are especially good. We recommend crostini (otherwise known as bruscetta) as an appetizer: pieces of grilled white bread go well with different add-ons such as pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parma ham. Seafood spagetti (enough for three persons) and burgers.
The concept of "fine dining" in Rostov is firmly associated with the Pinot Noir restaurant. The establishment bases its prestige on chef Michel Christmann, who has several years of experience of working in Michelin-star restaurants of Strausbourg and Soliers.
The menu combines traditional French dishes and chef’s specials cooked with local produce. Duck magret, Burgundy escargots with delicate onion "confit", mushrooms and spinach.
The wine card with over 300 entries from all over the world, oyster weekends (the freshest Far Eastern oysters are delivered to the restaurant on Fridays) and chef’s dessert specials also deserve a special mention.
In addition to the great quality of its dishes and service, Pinor Noir organizes Literary Salons, attended by stage and film actors, popular TV personalities and musicians.
This affordable chain of city cafes wants its guests to feel as if they stepped into a small corner of Italy. All of the dish names are given in Italian, but everything is explained, and there are mouth-watering photographs as well.
Start the dinner off with traditional Zuppa di Pesce, soup with mussels and octopus, then choose Paglia e fieno con capresante, pasta with scallops and prawns. After realizing that seafood dishes at Sapore Italiano are extraordinary good, continue your feast with assorted fish Fritto misto. The menu’s meat dishes also deserve your attention.
The dessert menu also contains some real hits, such as Ricotta alla fruita or Tre cioccolati – a great way to conclude your Italian-style evening.
This popular chain of Korean and Japanese cuisine restaurants is named in honour of Silla, one of the three ancient kingdoms of Korea.
Rostov-based Silla puts emphasis on national flavours and flawless freshness of ingredients. The menu is quite large. Consider the national Korean appetizer banchan, kimchi soups (just beware the giant portions) and Korean hot dishes. The most interesting ones are ori chumulek (duck filet with vegetables and gochujang sauce), Korean BBQ pork ribs with sesame seed, pegodya steam cakes with meat and cabbage, and anything from the BBQ menu. Silla’s rolls are also good, especially the ones in fried batter.
Despite the name, the restaurants of this popular Rostov chain have more than pizza, and offer all the best dishes of the Italian cuisine. After whetting your appetite with Sicilian salad with shrimp, feel free to continue with the main menu. Luka’s regulars recommend the classical Tuscan porcini soup or hearty soup with beef and vegetables. Choosing the main dish is the hardest task of all, as all of the candidates are worthy: classical risotto with seafood or lasagna, burgers or homemade fetuccini with pesto-fried shrimp. If it’s actually pizza that you want, choose the house special Luka Pizza with ham, mushrooms, olives, and pickled artichokes.
This French restaurant a la russe is designed to resemble a 19th century nobleman mansion with a library, a fireplace room, and a summer terrace full of greens. Onegin is a great choice for breakfast. You’ll be offered house-made pastries, omelet with zucchini and tiger prawns, as well as traditional Russian porridges. But to get a real taste of this establishment, make sure to come for lunch or dinner. House specials include Olivier salad with veal tongue, tiger prawns, red caviar and capers; sterlet, salmon and pike perch ukha fish soup; rabbit braised in sour cream with apples; and beef bourguignon. The wine card offers a great selection of wines from around the globe (with majority coming from France and Italy), as well as cognacs, liquors, bourbons, and whiskey.
If you come on a weekend night, you may also enjoy a live jazz performance.
- Prospekt Chekhova, 45B
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (863) 201 80 00
This is another Italian restaurant, this time with designer chandeliers, antique furniture and a terrace filled with large plants. If you come to Bellucci, be sure to try one of the pasta dishes, such as ravioli with sea bass and ricotta and pepperoncini sauce. Other great dishes to try are scallops with asparagus, salt-baked dorado fish with Italian herbs (good for two persons), and mutton shoulder with spinach-and-peese sauce. The restaurant’s wine menu is mostly about Italy, and in-house somelier will gladly tell you all about the differences between Piedmont and Tuscany, with a detour to Apulia and Veneto.
If you think you can manage it after a hearty lunch, don’t be afraid to order one of the special desserts: for example, vanilla bavares with berries.
- Ulitsa Bolshaya Sadovaya, 122A
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (863) 300 92 18
The chef of Macao restaurant Li Xiangcai likes to tell how he came to Russia to work for a set period of time, but when his contract ran out, he realized that wanted to stay and introduce people to the special features of Chinese cuisine. But the chef doesn’t limit his menu to his native China, there are Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Singaporean dishes as well.
The absolute bestseller is the Peking duck, which is made in the special oven delivered from China. Seafood is also very popular, and there is lots of it: king crab with broccoli, bell peppers and asparagus in Sichuan sauce; rice noodles with scallops in pepper sauce; dim sum dumplings and rolls. If you prefer a more traditional European menu, the restaurant has you covered — the selection isn’t too big, but there are some real gems, such as the octopus carpaccio with pestо, truffle oil and sun-dried cherry tomatoes.