Squeezed between Lithuania and Poland, it is only natural that Kaliningrad has become home to a Lithuanian and Polish cuisine café. Zeppelin takes the classic favorites from the two neighboring countries and serves them on the Zelenogradsk promenade, just steps away from the beach.
It’s a bistro-style café that resembles a large yet cosy veranda in a charming village house by the sea, built to withstand a storm and offer shelter on a hot summer day. For the famished, there is a large buffet with delicious dishes just waiting to be tried. For those who would like to take a seat first, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea, while deliberating on what would best fit their mood, a waiter will bring a menu you can look through and make a choice.
As for the food – go for the national classics. If it’s summertime, start with the cold Lithuanian borscht served with hot fried potato wedges (≈$5), it’s got just the perfect texture and flavor balance. Then to the titular zeppelins, large meat-filled potato dumplings, steaming, with sour cream and fried bacon crisps. There are three variations – classic, with creamy mushroom sauce and fried, all for ≈$5. The portions are substantial, so you can order half a portion.
If you don’t fancy the simple and filling local cuisine, they’ve also got burgers, a Caesar or a Greek salad, or a salmon fillet… but we still strongly suggest that you try the local specials, after all that’s the whole point of coming to this place.
When it comes to alcohol, apart from the regular beers they have a few unusual kinds like mint and caramel. The homemade lemonades are a treat, and the popular Polish hot cocktail that fuses beer with juice, spices and citrus fruit will warm you up on a chilly day.
Address: 16B Ulitsa Volodarskogo, Zelenogradsk
Hours: Mon-Fri 12 AM – 9 PM
Sat-Sun 12 AM–11 PM
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