Eat, drink and dance local: Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Every table had “bottomless” vodka bottles from a producer in St. Petersburg – in order to refill shot glasses for the numerous toasts all evening long, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Every table had “bottomless” vodka bottles from a producer in St. Petersburg – in order to refill shot glasses for the numerous toasts all evening long, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Following our tours of Paul’s Palace and Cahterine’s Palace [see our two previous blog posts], we drove a short distance for a typical country-style dinner with music and dancing at Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant.  The Podvoyre restaurant, whose name means “the court” is located halfway between the Tsarskoye Selo Palace (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlosk.  [The Russian “terem” means “wooden palace”.]  Its wooden turrets are reminiscent of the typical architecture of ancient Russia.  Note that the vodka (and wine) flowed freely all evening (unlimited refills), and there were a lot of “wod-ka” toasts among our group of 90 from the ship.

 

An appetizer of Chicken roulette (sliced, stuffed chicken), Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

An appetizer of Chicken roulette (sliced, stuffed chicken), Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An appetizer of beef in sour cream and garlic sauce and pickled vegetables with two kinds of local bread, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

An appetizer of beef in sour cream and garlic sauce and pickled vegetables with two kinds of local bread, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An appetizer of fresh lettuce and vegetable salad, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

An appetizer of fresh lettuce and vegetable salad, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Over the course of the evening we were entertained by musicians and two groups of local dancers – performing folkloric melodies and dancing traditional dances, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Over the course of the evening we were entertained by musicians and two groups of local dancers – performing folkloric melodies and dancing traditional dances, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

The restaurant is housed in a typical Russian log house and its interior is filled with wooden panels and bear skins hanging on the walls.  Inside, several rooms decorated with folk art works are intended to recreate the atmosphere of the old festive meal.  Often, a folk ensemble animates the atmosphere.  Among the diners are many tourists but also Russians who come for business or family meals.  This is a restaurant frequented by the country’s president (Putin) and foreign guests.  The restaurant boasts that it is considered “the most Russian of all Russian restaurants.”  With the musicians and dancers, vodka and wine, and typical Russian country-style dinner, it was a festive dinner that was a great way to end a long day of touring and “revisiting” Russia’s days of glory in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

The accordion player was quite a character, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

The accordion player was quite a character, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Our table afforded us an excellent view of the folklore musicians and dancers, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Our table afforded us an excellent view of the folklore musicians and dancers, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

The soup course was a nice vegetarian (heavily beets) borsch, shown here after some sour cream was stirred in, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

The soup course was a nice vegetarian (heavily beets) borsch, shown here after some sour cream was stirred in, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An entrée of cabbage rolls (stuffed with beef), Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

An entrée of cabbage rolls (stuffed with beef), Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An entrée of lightly fried pike perch and home style fried potatoes, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

An entrée of lightly fried pike perch and home style fried potatoes, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Our entertainment continued throughout much of the evening, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Our entertainment continued throughout much of the evening, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Dessert of honey cake with each slice having its own marzipan honey bee, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

Dessert of honey cake with each slice having its own marzipan honey bee, Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

2 thoughts on “Eat, drink and dance local: Podvoyre (Dacha Terem) Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Russia

  1. Brings back good memories of an enjoyable night. Those dancers and singers were so good. And when we were entering the restaurant we were all so sceptical. Best Wishes.

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