Why This Is Russia’s Top Restaurant

 

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Cococo is famous in St. Petersburg. It’s considered one of, if not the best, dining rooms in town and in the country. It’s known for innovation and culinary risks that leave guests excited for each remaining course in their dinner experience. I recently ate here and found it to be fantastic.

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The founder, Sergey Shnurov (who is part of a well-known punk band), is known for pushing locals to their limits in food experimentation. Although ingredients used are not uncommon, the preparation and presentation are. Take the cod liver terrine, it’s served with apple chutney. Or, my favorite, the “My Mother’s Favorite Flower” dessert, a broken edible flowerpot on a piece of parquet floor that is constructed from various sweet treats. The terracotta pot made from cookies and the black dirt, chocolate crumbles, are designed to be mixed-in with the filling.

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The room is unpretentious but definitely a scene. You’ll find the cool kids here, enjoying an evening of conversation with friends. Should you be in the mood to experience Russia’s take on new cuisine – make Cococo a stop on your itinerary.