“Chesnok” in Russian means garlic, but it’s also a slang word for honesty, which in case of this place reflects the prices. If you are running low on cash but still want your decent meal, this is definitely the place to come to.

Established by one of the first adepts of the True Cost concept invented by Moscow restaurateurs, Chesnok brings quite a different dining experience. This is how it works: first, you pay an entrance fee at a cute ticket office by the door and then sit down to eat your food paying only the cost of what you ate without any markup.

The owner says that he was initially concerned whether this idea will sit with people, but it turned out really well. Besides the price of each dish, the menu also indicates the average Kaliningrad price for this dish elsewhere, which seems like a smart marketing trick, but it’s not — it’s just the honest take. The entrance ticket covers the restaurant’s expenses and profit so that guests can have the food they might not have been able to afford otherwise. Chesnok prices are 30-50 % lower than in other places on most menu items, certainly without the loss of quality.

The spacious country-style dining hall in soft natural colours is replete with flower pots, country cottage furniture, and casual decorations like garlic bunches, and is perfect for long, drawn-out feasts with family and friends.

The food on the extenstive menu is excellent, fresh and creative. Do pay special attention to the fish and seafood dishes in particular, as well their original desserts.

Entrance fee:
≈$3 12 PM-4 PM on the weekdays
≈$5 after 4 PM
≈$8 on Friday and Saturday nights
≈$6 all day Sunday
kids up to 9 years old get in free
Menu preview:
Warm salad with fried salmon and grilled calamari ≈$5
Grilled New Zealand mussels, langoustine shrimp and calamari ≈$6
Chateau steak (locally grown) ≈$10
Address: 162 Ulitsa Gorkogo
Sun-Thu 12 PM–1 AM
Fri-Sat 12 PM–2 AM

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