Terrassa is one of the brightest newcomers on the St. Petersburg's current restaurant scene. Opened just this July, it was among must-see places of the city right away - and not due to irresistible urge to indulge ones taste buds or marvel at its stylish design. Terrassa's magnetism rests in its top location, offering a truly magnificent sightseeing view. Sited amidst of luxury stores in the very heart of the city, almost next to Kazansky Cathedral, it has made use of entire upper floor benefits, with almost all the city roofs at ones feet. Entering a building with elegant boutiques, stairs and escalators is easy to get confused, yet feel no fret - a beautiful girl at the table marked with a Terrassa sign will save you from wandering off your track and show the right way.
The atmosphere at the first glance reminds London Harvey Nichols - an open kitchen bustling with cooks of various nationalities, waitresses resembling models from glossy fashion magazines, while the public itself - crème de la crème of the metropolis - from renowned artists to Russia's new oligarchs, clad in line with the very latest fashion.
A modern kitchen occupies the largest part of the restaurant, each culinary master being offered a separate working space. Moreover, guests are allowed to tread through it and admire crafts of cooks in a close-up. A special trait of Terrassa, reminding that you are in Russia, is bulky security guards. Dressed in dark suits, geared with tiny gadgets in their ears, they sit in a café, waiting for their masters.
Almost all tables inside are placed at the big windows, yet the best spots to enjoy an easy lounge ambience are out - on the terrace. Even rain can not dampen it, as the whole space is covered by a roof. Soft sofas and pillows, the St.Petersburg's sky, wind and a fantastic panoramic view - all that can be savored here, at one of the most expensive areas of the city...
Yet do not expect a perfect service and maybe it wouldn't even fit in here. Not only is the restaurant very new, but its personnel young-aged, too. A sommelier, still in his twenties, perhaps knows about wines less than some visitors, and skills of beautiful waitresses leave much space for improvement. Yet, their slip-ups, so cute and good-hearted, are easy to overlook. A staff, not dressed in any kind of traditional uniforms, feels even closer to guests, blurring distinction between ones and the others. At times it is impossible to tell who orders and who serves.
Terassa features a pretty good fusion style cuisine, with Pekinese Duck (prepared fast enough) and good Italian salad among other things. Food is delicious, however, price not always commensurate with a quality. Do not miss tasting goat cheese and homemade blackberries marmalade, divine indeed! And coffee is excellent, too.
If you decide to have a lunch or a dinner in a bigger company -more than 8 people - be ready to pay a deposit of one and a half thousand Euros in advance. And 15 % service fee will top your bill, too. So - nothing for it but to eat for the whole money, even though the first idea had been just light snacks.
Evenings of live music are quite often here, and to keep awareness that this is a shop building, Terrassa offers some foodstuffs for sale. For example, much better quality pasta, then available at supermarkets.
Kazanskaya st, 3
Phone: (812) 337-68-37
Keywords: Saint Peterburg, restaurant