Samara has an awesome variety of places for your sweet tooth — from donuts to exquisite pastries or even jelly belly for Harry Potter fans. But you’re in Russia, so why not delve into traditional Russian pie varieties, as well as into the international and modern takes on the subject? So, what are the best picks?
Russian cuisine is as much about borscht and pelmeni as it is about pies, large and small. The name of culinary expert William Pokhlebkin equals traditional recipes and top quality, so stop by on the go for a small cherry pie (just over $1), sweet cheese or cranberry pie ($0.6), or larger pies, sold by weight.
If pies and dancing sound like a good combo, this is the place, with pies on the extensive menu. Our favorite is the meat pie with cilantro, garlic, tomatoes and cheese ($7.2/300g, served at Rabochaya). Please note that the menu differs between the two restaurants.
A country-wide chain with a pie specialty? Yes, only in Russia! Stolle’s credo is – anything can be turned into a pie filling. Rabbit and mushrooms? Sure! ($8.2/500g) Tart lingonberry? Absolutely! ($5.2/500g) Braised salmon? Enjoy! ($10.7/500g) Excellent coffee and cozy atmosphere.
The newly established Georgian restaurant delights khachapury fans with a variety of fillings – meat and cheese ($6.7/300g) and spicy green beans ($5.7/250) among them. Finish off with a poppy seed pie ($3.3/240g) and think about moving to Georgia.
A small, but delectable selection in this home-style restaurant. Try the sweet cheese, cherry and vanilla berry sauce strudel ($4.8) or the apple pie with ice cream and berry sauce ($3.9).