Ok, first things first – “ryumochnaya” is the Russian word for a drinking venue, derived from the word “ryumka” – a shot glass. Now that you know the translation, the concept immediately becomes clear — it’s a dedicated place to have shots! This particular venue is part of the Museum of Russian Vodka, taking up 2 spacious halls, sporting old artefacts and relaying the history of this Russian staple. Most importantly it lists 215 kinds of vodka on the menu for you to try. If you want to learn how to drink vodka like a Russian, this is the place the go. Make sure to first check out the museum part though and only then proceed with the degustation.
The restaurant itself is designed in a 19th-century style: antique furniture, cozy fabric lampshades, proper tableware – no kitsch, just an authentic Russian interior of the times of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.
The menu was designed by the restaurant’s brand chef Kirill Martinenko, who selected only the best that authentic imperial Russian cuisine has to offer. The food is rich and very well executed – baked-pig, buckwheat with wild mushrooms, handmade pelmeni, smoked starlet, liver rilette, various pickles, chicken Kiev – almost every dish rings a bell, even if you’re not Russian. It’s a perfect place to familiarize yourself with authentic Russian cuisine, no twists, no fusion, nothing but goodness and taste.
Their summer terrace is a great bonus, and the location just steps away from Isaakievsky Cathedral and other tourist landmarks, makes it easy to fit a visit to Ryumochnaya #1 to your itinerary.
12 PM – 12 AM
Chicken Kiev ≈$9
Smoked fish plate ≈$22
Pea soup with smoked brisket ≈$8