"What was St Petersburg called before it became St Petersburg?', I quizzed my fellow diners. 'Ikan Cafe' was the unexpected reply I received. Very true but not the geographical answer I had in mind.
St Petersburg is Manchester's twin city and if the cuisine is as good as this brand new Russian restaurant on Sackville Street, we can't wait to taste the delights of Bilwi, Chemnitz, Codoba, Rehovot and Wuhan - Manchester's other twins.
Apart from being the first Russian restaurant in Manchester, St Petersburg must also be the only place in town where you can order caviar - from £4.50 for 2.5g of Red Caviar upto £55.95 for 20g of the more exclusive Black Caviar. The Chicken Blini's, pancakes stuffed with strips of chicken breast (£5.95), were extremely tasty and washed down wonderfully with a large bottle of Russian Baltika beer (£4), whilst the Peter The Grate, a supreme and tender fillet steak cooked to perfection and topped with cheese (£17.95), was absolutely incredible - well worth the journey alone! The Tsiplionok Tabaka, a grilled whole chicken marinated with garlic and herbs (£16.95) wasn't as tasty however and could have done with being a bit meater, as I soon got bored of trying to seperate meat from bone. Having been reluctantly offered a bite of my partner's amazing steak I agreed that I'd certainly made the wrong choice but at least had a very good reason to return.
Like many of the Mediterranean restaurants around town, diners are entertained with live music at weekends. The evening we visited a talented Russian lady sang what we can only presume were Russian love songs from the star lit stage above the bar. Whilst she was very good, especially I presume if you can speak the language, the loud speakers above our table made an intimate meal a little bit too noisy to enjoy. For a quieter meal though, go midweek and you might just bump into us - we'll be back there many times!
Oh, and St Petersburg (the city) was previously called Leningrad if you were wondering." - Restaurants Of Manchester (27/1/2008 ~ visited on a Saturday evening)