Review: Four Seasons St. Petersburg Breakfast and Dining

Tea Lounge, Four Seasons St. Petersburg

 

This Four Seasons St. Petersburg Breakfast and Dining Review is part of a trip report including Vienna and luxury hotels and dining in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Four Seasons Preferred Partner guests enjoy a complimentary delicious breakfast buffet daily for up to two guests per room, and the hotel offers some of the best dining in St. Petersburg.

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Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg Restaurants

Four Seasons St. Petersburg offers 3 restaurants and Xander Bar, as well as in-room dining.

  • The Tea Lounge is the focal point of the hotel, under a glass-roofed atrium, and serves breakfast daily starting at 7am, with all day dining available until 8pm
  • Percorso Italian Restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily 1pm until midnight
  • Sintoho serves Asian cuisine nightly from 4pm until midnight
  • Xander Bar, named after Tsar Alexander I, the monarch who reigned during the time of the Lion Palace's construction, is a cosy place for drinks and zakuski (Russian for light snacks and appetizers), and is open daily from 4pm until 2am


Breakfast at the Tea Lounge

The airy Tea Lounge is a beautiful setting for breakfast, with natural light streaming in from the glass-roofed atrium and fresh flowers on the tables. We couldn't resist the buffet breakfast both days, with its extensive offerings of fresh fruit, breads, pastries, yogurt, caviar with accompaniments, and hot items such as roast pork, eggs, potatoes, etc. For smaller appetites, there's also an a la carte menu, and you're able to select one of the cooked to order entrees as part of the breakfast buffet.

These were the highlights of our breakfasts at the Tea Lounge:

1. Russian Syrniki with Fresh Berries and Housemade Jam

I love pancakes in general, and Russian syrniki in particular–they're made of tvorog (farmer's cheese) which is similar to fresh ricotta, but drier. Syrniki are lightly fried, and that crispy exterior and moist sweet cheese interior is ethereal when prepared well, and the version at Four Seasons St. Petersburg was perfect. They were even prettily plated with a variety of fresh berries.

Syrniki

 

While the syrniki didn't come with jam, they were even better with some of the jams on offer, including cowberry.

 

2. Blini with Caviar and Smoked Salmon

I enjoyed the roast pork and bacon from the hot buffet, but my favorite savory dish was blini with caviar and smoked salmon–better than the version at the Grand Hotel Europe.

Blini with Caviar and Smoked Salmon

 

3. Housemade Granola

There isn't actually granola as part of the breakfast buffet–it's only on the a la carte menu–but our server generously offered to check with the kitchen and brought me a generous serving. And I have to say, this is probably the best granola I've had at a hotel–so good with the locally made yogurt, below.

Homemade Granola, Four Seasons St. Petersburg

 

4. Decadent Hot Chocolate

I'm a recovering chocoholic, and hot cocoa or milk chocolate doesn't do anything for me–I crave dark chocolate, and that means real melted chocolate when I order hot chocolate. This is rather hard to get outside of France, but fortunately Four Seasons St. Petersburg serves the real thing–decadent dark hot chocolate that is practically a meal in itself–yum!

Decadent Hot Chocolate


5. Local Artisanal Yogurt

The quality of a breakfast is often reflected in the quality of yogurt served, so I was thrilled to see artisanal yogurt from a Moscow-based yogurt company. It was so much fresher tasting than Danone or other yogurt varieties.

Artisanal Yogurt

 

6. Fresh Squeezed Juice

There was a choice of fresh squeezed juices that our server offered to us, so I chose a mixture of orange and grapefruit juice–a great way to awaken tastebuds in the morning.

Fresh Squeezed Juice, Breakfast at Four Seasons St. Petersburg

 

Dinner at Percorso

We had a light dinner at Percorso one evening, since my son was craving Italian. There are several dining rooms, and we opted for one of the less formal ones:

Percorso Restaurant

 

For a more formal experience, here's another dining room at Percorso:

Percorso Restaurant

 

There were some wonderfully tempting options on the menu, so it's a shame we weren't hungrier, having had a rather filling lunch earlier in the day.

Percorso Dinner Menu

 

A kids' menu included plenty of choices as well, both for smaller and bigger kids:

Percorso Kids' Menu

 

We started off with fresh bread, of which my son preferred the crunch bread sticks and I liked the foccacia.

Percorso Bread Basket

 

Although Italians eat pasta as a first course, not a main dish, I chose the Spaghetti Chitarra with seafood as my main dish. The deliciously fresh seafood was accented with garlic foam. Typically I'm not a fan of foam in anything I eat, but it worked well here, adding a boost of flavor to the dish.

Spaghetti Chitarra, Percorso

 

My son enjoyed his simple spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil (well, except the basil, which he handed to me) and was tickled to see the parmesan cheese freshly grated over it in front of him:

Kids' Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Basil, Percorso

Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese, Percorso

 

Percorso's chefs treated us to dessert, and the standout was this deconstructed Tiramisu. I'm not even a fan of regular tiramisu, always finding the end result too cloying and mushy, but this version was superlative. I hope it's still available when I return–and yes, we will definitely be returning to Four Seasons St. Petersburg–the hotel is that good.

Deconstructed Tiramisu, Percorso

 

The chocolate mousse cake with cherries and berries wasn't as memorable for me, but my son loved it, and it's a good thing, because I didn't really want to share the tiramisu with him–both for selfish reasons and because I needed him to get to sleep and not be up all night due to the espresso 🙂

Chocolate Mousse Dessert with Berries, Percorso

 

The Verdict

We both really enjoyed our breakfasts and dinner at Four Seasons St. Petersburg–superb cuisine that was clearly attracting well-heeled local professionals, in addition to foreign guests at the hotel. Service was attentive, and our servers and the chefs went above and beyond by requesting an item not normally on the buffet at breakfast, and creating some special desserts for us at Percorso.

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Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay and daily breakfast at Four Seasons St. Petersburg. The views expressed in this post are mine.

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