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Occupying a new two-story mansion, Troekurov is an upscale restaurant widely known in Ekaterinburg and beyond. The first thing foreign visitors do in Ekaterinburg is head to Troekurov.  The place is packed with imitation vintage furniture, but some furnishings are real: the fireplace, the antique piano, some samovars and a few other hallmarks of a hospitable home. The service is very refined and the tableware exquisite. They offer things like traditional jellied meat, 19th-century recipe Olivier salad and venison salad alongside such patently non-Russian specialties as camembert, Georgian dolma and calamari risotto.

Troekurov has a pretty affordable kids’ menu:  borsch (250 rub.), salmon brochettes (300 rub.), crepe with caramel sauce (50 rub.). Tourists and regular citizens get the same treatment and food as dignitaries, who do visit Ekaterinburg occasionally. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev once had dinner here. They had octopus, among other things.