Druzhba is certainly not the first Chinese restaurant in the city. There are a few authentic places at Sortirovka street, there’s Jang Su Bistro and we still remember Utka Po-Pekinski («Peking Duck») and the legendary Harbin. Druzhba is, however, the first high-end Chinese restaurant in the city.
The restaurant is executed just by the book with a chef from China (of course!), excellent service and thought-through interior. The walls are dressed-up with the nowadays-retro counting frames; beautiful Chinese cabinets and paper cranes in the VIP room are just some of the other original décor elements.
The place is owned by a group of four entrepreneurs who are already successfully running a couple of bars in the city including Ogonyok, Yunost, and Alibi. Druzhba is their first full-service restaurant focusing solely on food — there is no bar and will be no loud late night parties either since it’s located in a residential building and works till 11pm. The menu will please both the connoisseurs of Chinese cuisine and those who are cautious of exotic foods. It’s authentic, but not to an extreme: no snakes to be found, just some pork ears and chicken legs.
The dishes are not too spicy, not too sour and there are no freaky ingredients.
Some items worth considering to try are spring rolls with crab ($8), Asian cucumber salad ($4) and mushrooms in corn batter ($4). There’s also a wide selection of dim sums (prices start from $4 per 5 pieces). The thick seafood coconut soup ($7) is a must-try. The Peking duck comes in a half portion (good for two) ($20) or full portion size ($31), make sure to reserve the duck in advance though to be on the safe side.
Another reason to pay the place a visit is tea ceremonies performed by professional masters.