Review of Cat Cafe: Great Georgian Food in St Petersburg, Russia

Review of Cat Cafe, St. Petersburg Russia-Georgian Restaurant

 

This Review of Cat Cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia is part of a trip report including Vienna and luxury hotels and dining in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Cat Cafe serves delicious Georgian cuisine in the center of St. Petersburg, close to Nevsky Prospect.

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Cat Cafe St. Petersburg Location 

Cat Cafe is located at Stemyannaya ulitsa 22, a street south of Nevsky Prospect, just a 3 minute walk from Mayakovskaya Metro Station. Or if driving from Four Seasons St. Petersburg, it's about a 20 minute drive.

Review-Cat Cafe St. Petersburg Russia, Stremyannaya Ulitsa 22

 

The Scene

Cat Cafe is small, so I would highly recommend making reservations for dinner, particularly on the weekend. We visited for lunch both times, so there were only a couple of other tables, in one case a business lunch, and in the other cases, a couple and two friends enjoying a leisurely lunch.

The atmosphere is eclectic and cozy, with Georgian decor and also, of course, a cat motif.

Cat Cafe Georgian Restaurant Review, St. Petersburg Russia

 

Cat Cafe Menu and Food

Non-Russian speakers will be happy to know that the menu is bilingual, in both Russian and English. As with Cafe Khachapuri, the specialty is Georgian cuisine. A full page is devoted to different khachapuri, bread and savory baked items:

Khachapuri Menu, Cat Cafe Review-St Petersburg Russia

 

And there are pkhali (vegetable-walnut pates) and cold appetizers, as well as hot appetizers:

Cat Cafe Appetizer Menu St Petersburg Russia

 

Entrees include shashlik (shish kebabs) and other hot meat dishes:

Cat Cafe Menu - St Petersburg Russia

 

The first time I started with an order of spinach pkhali, which was beautifully plated to appear as leafs, adorned with fresh pomegranate seeds:

Spinach Pkhali, Cat Cafe Review-St Petersburg Russia

 

I next tried the Adjarian Khachapuri, which was piping hot and fantastic, with the melting sulguni cheese quickly cooking the egg. As usual I took out the extra butter–the cheese and egg center is rich and creamy enough, without the butter, and the perfect dip for the freshly baked bread.

Adjarian Khachapuri, Cat Cafe Review, St Petersburg Russia

 

My son accompanied me for my second visit, so we ordered the Khachapuri with Cheese and Tarragon. I haven't normally seen tarragon baked into khachapuri, but it was a delicious and fragrant addition.

Khachapuri with Tarragon, Cat Cafe Review, St Petersburg Russia

 

We also ordered the Dolma / Tolma: grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground meat, with a tangy yogurt sauce. While versions of this dish are found all over Greece and the Middle East, this was an especially satisfying hot version.

Dolma, Cat Cafe Review, St. Petersburg Russia

 

Our final dish was Khinkali: Georgian meat and broth filled steamed dumplings. Normally I don't care for these, due to the thick wrapper used, but these were the best I've ever had, with tender dumpling skins encasing a juicy meat filling. 

Khinkali, Cat Cafe Review, St. Petersburg Russia

 

The Verdict

Georgian cuisine isn't widely available outside of Georgia, Russia and the former Soviet Union, and even in NYC there are only a few Georgian restaurants. Cat Cafe is small, but a great place to enjoy Georgian cuisine right in central St. Petersburg. I highly recommend any of the khachapuris, the spinach pkhali, dolma and khinkali.

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