This is a continuation from: Irkutsk, around and about: A Photo Story
After two days on the Trans Siberian train, with meals comprising mostly of instant noodles and canned sardines, eating was a very important part of our stop at Irkutsk.
The first thing after leaving our luggage in the hostel room was to search for a place which served hot, authentic Russian food.
We first headed to Snezhinka, a restaurant located on Karla Marska Street which was recommended by Lonely Planet. It cost about RUB400/ USD12.5/ SGD26 for a main course. The food tasted quite okay. The pork went well with the sauce and so did the omul and potatoes. My only gripe was that the portions were very small.
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As recommended by Lonely Planet, located on Sukhe Batora Street.
Our stomachs were not filled by the tiny portions earlier on, so we went on a search for a Kafe (cafe) to dine at – a restaurant would have burnt a hole in our pockets without doing it’s job (making us feel full). We located Kafe 16 quite easily. We ordered salmon in cheese sauce, cheese soup and our coffees. The waitress was probably the nicest we had met during out Russia trip – she was a university student and spoke some English. Took the time to explain to us what each dish meant, unlike most other service staff we met who were quite aloof.
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We also bought Omul back when we went to Listvyanka to see Lake Baikal. It’s freshly caught from the clear, fresh waters of the majestic Lake Baikal. It costs a very affordable RUB50/ USD1.56/ SGD2 and taste very yummy. Best to eat it hot when you are there, or if your accommodation comes with a microwave oven, heat it up and it will taste great. We were over the omul like cats.
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A normal meal at Pop Cafe, Irkutsk
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Subway in Russia ; )
Alas, a familiar brand name. Quite a warm and empty place. It taste quite like the one you can get in Singapore though slightly more expensive. They have borscht which taste like a tomato based soup – for the authentic borsht, try it in restaurants.
Eating in Irkutsk – all I can say that it was slightly expensive, but the omul certainly left a good taste in my mouth. Cafes also make a good resting place, especially when temperatures outside at a -7 deg. Have fun.
Watch this space for my next post on the trip to see Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake.