Charing Cross, an intersection of three Westminster streets on the south side of Trafalgar Square in London, has found an alternative interpretation in a Kaliningrad restaurant. Railway platforms, arriving trains, street lights and old faithful London fog – a range of visual associations in the interior is flavored with the smell of noble wood and leather, tender lights, black and white photos on the walls, spacious tables and comfortable sofas and armchairs.
The young chef Sardor Pazilov, who started here as a student, is now bringing his gastronomic fantasies to life and creating fascinating dishes. His aim is to appeal to all possible receptors – gustatory, tactile, and visual. Following the philosophy of ‘bare food’, Sardor is committed to honesty, responsibility, use of local farm products, and bringing out the natural flavors without overshadowing them with too much spice.
The international menu of Charing Cross includes both proven classics and modernized original dishes, things like burgers, pizza, homemade pasta, and tartar neighboring regional specials like perch or Baltic sander with creamy potatoes, or cured slabs of salo from a local farm.
Try, for instance, the rabbit liver, simmered with herbs and served with large rings of sweet onions, a special sauce and a huge piece of cabbage, cut along and grilled with dill, salt and pepper (≈$5). If you feel like ditching the cutlery for this one, you will be not only forgiven, but even encouraged to eat with your hands. Other note worthy dishes are gentle and incredibly delicious calf cheeks served with a slightly sweet and moderately coarse hummus and seasoned with parsley sauce (≈$7), Baltic pike-perch served with cream potatoes (≈$7), or roast homemade duck with baked potatoes and half glaze sauce (≈$7).
This restaurant is all about friendly feasts, and meaningful conversations over a delicious meal – we can go on, but you should simply stop by and try it for yourself.
11 AM – 12 AM