On the quay of Fontanka, next to the restaurant "Taste is" opened cafe-bar "Ekivoki". A small restaurant opposite the BDT was launched by the team of the pop-up cafe Cosmopolit, regulars of Restaurant Days in St. Petersburg, specializing in cooking street food from around the world. All of them, for the most part, are amateur chefs: one of the owners, Igor Petrov, resigned from the post of prosecutor only in March, and his mother-in-law Alla Semenov, who is responsible for organizing the kitchen at Ekivokiv, used to work as a realtor.
Most of the menu is devoted to the cuisines of the former countries of the Soviet Union: it’s ryamichki (Tatar pies) with beef and onions, served with kefir sauce, kutaby (also pies, only Azeir-Bajan, in the form of cakes) with seasonal fillings or potato pancakes with sour cream. It also serves Sri Lankan curry with chicken, fish or dal, Turkish balyk-Ekmek - grilled mackerel with vegetables and fresh tortillas, fish and chips, homemade chicken liver pate with hummus, pesto and roast cakes, three types of homemade sausages with various side dishes (lobio, stewed cabbage, green beans with walnuts) and with curry, spicy tomato and mustard-honey sauces, warm salad with pear, chicken and fried suluguni. All dishes cost no more than three hundred rubles, while quite satisfying.
cafe-bar with inexpensive regional Russian dishes, street food and craft beer
Address: Fontanka River Embankment, 84
Phone: +7 (921) 762-46-24
Working hours: daily from 13:00 to 24:00
Ekivoka does not have an alcohol license yet, therefore only beer is on the map - about 15 craft varieties, Russian and foreign. This is primarily two ales from the St. Petersburg brewery Knightberg, more popular in local bars Jaws and several American varieties. The most economical, but not so interesting choices are near-craft Chekhov, Bluebeard and Triple Wheat Ale, Vasileostrovsky Brewery, which are sold in large bottles.
Ekivoki is, first of all, a local bar where locals come in, but the owners hope to attract those who are looking for a place in the center with inexpensive and simple food. The institution has about thirty seats and a small bar counter. The interior design was developed by Nizhny Novgorod designer Elena Plohova: the place turned out to be bright and spacious, with bright details like pop art portraits on the wall.
At one point, you realize that if you don’t move in any direction, you are doing everything in vain. "Restaurant Days" is fun, but there should be some growth. For us, they have become a launching pad and a way to organize all the processes in the kitchen.
The menu contains dishes tested by our friends: those that we like and which we can safely recommend. Our friend Dima brought some recipes from Sri Lanka, where he worked as a cook for six months. As for craft beer, now it’s a must-have for the bar. I chose from those varieties that I liked at the tastings and which for some reason I rarely met in other establishments. As the first days of work showed, the choice was made successfully.
Chicken liver paste with hummus,
pesto and rosy cakes
Beef and Onions
Sri Lankan curry
250 rubles per bottle
Corn salad with avocado, tomatoes, cucumber
and quail eggs
Kutaby with sorrel and onions
Sausage with a side dish
Cider "Vasileostrovsky" semi-dry
150 rubles for 0.44 liters
Beer St Peters Porter
290 rubles per bottle
Potato pancakes with sour cream
Warm chicken and pear salad
Cutlets with a side dish
Beer Knightberg APA
Beer Jaws Oatmeal Stout
230 rubles per bottle
Photo: Dima Tsyrenshchikov