In a sea of multiplying urban loft-style cafes and restaurants, Forest went in the opposite direction creating an all-natural space made with solid wood pieces and decorated with tree branches, lichen and moss. All of that creates a memorable contrast to the Edisson bulbs, turquoise siding, concrete slabs and shaky welding structures of modern food courts and outlets and gives Forest a unique character and vibe.

The interior is worked out to the kinks to reflect the forest concept: the dining space is fitted with original wooden furniture and they even have a cute reading corner with two chairs and a stump table. You will find fir tree needles, cones, branches, potted flowers, linen tablecloths used as decorations and creative table settings that will make you reach out for your camera to snap a picture. With such original and authentic atmosphere and tasteful styling, it is no wonder that this place is often used for themed events: needlework, painting, musical performances, tastings and master classes.

The menu is really small, but every dish is worth a try. Everything is cooked with produce sourced from the local farmers market. Mushrooms as a frequent ingredient, and each dish is served with lots of veggies and a rich selection of herbs and seasonings. The appetizers include draniki (≈4$), tartar from farm beef (≈5$), pates and bruschettes (≈9$). When it comes to mains you will find several soups (try beans with mushrooms or porcini soup in a bread cup for ≈4$); lamb rack, steak, stewed veal in a pot, all of which are noteworthy second courses. A prawn salad with raspberry sauce, pumpkin soup, duck fillet with gooseberry sauce, milk mushrooms with sour cream are something you’d definitely give a try, out of curiosity at the very least.

Friendly staff, original and calming atmosphere and a tasty meal – what else is there to wish for those who’d like to relax and forget about the city bustle.

ADDRESSES

41, Ulitsa Proletarskaya

HOURS

Mon-Thur: 10:30 AM – 11 PM,
Fri-Sat: 10:30 AM – 12 AM,
Sun: 11 AM – 11 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Draniki (≈4$)
Tartar from farm beef (≈5$)
Pates and bruschettes (≈9$)

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