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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Palace of Beer Culture

MTDK's veranda is a pleasant place to dine in summer.
DK, short for Dvorets Kultury ("Palace of Culture"), is located in a former palace of culture -- or so it would seem, given the grand building that houses it. There is a stately stairway that winds up to the entrance, which is flanked by imposing columns on either side.

The restaurateurs behind Glavpivtorg and Metro have opened their latest retro restaurant, which naturally fits well with its setting. The interior is sumptuously fitted out in chocolate tones, with a formal feel reminiscent of Glavpivtorg -- although DK's plush design calls for evening wear rather than the tie-and-briefcase getup suggested by Glavpivtorg's faux office setting. Fans of al fresco dining will be happy to hear that there is a less formal outdoor seating area by the entrance at the top of the staircase. In the evenings, live bands perform a mix of Soviet and Western lounge tunes.

As with Glavpivtorg and Metro, the menu is a mix of Soviet classics and modern European dishes, with DK's menu leaning more toward the European than its predecessors.

Salads include the obvious such as Caesar (235 rubles), the retro such as olivye (235 rubles) and the interesting such as cod-liver salad (195 rubles). Soups consist solely of Russian standards such as solyanka (155 rubles), cabbage shchi (155 rubles), fish ukha (185 rubles), mushroom soup (185 rubles) plus a bean soup (215 rubles). Mains are again such classics as beef stroganoff (235 rubles), grilled duck breast (535 rubles), rib-eye steak (595 rubles). Seafood includes fish cakes (315 rubles) and black sea flounder steamed or grilled (375 rubles).

DK is nominally a beer restaurant, yet it does not offer the full set of house beers that can be found at its forerunners. It has two house beers -- a light table beer and a dark velvet (both 95 rubles a half-liter) -- as well as 10 other varieties, including such interesting tipples as Martins Pale Ale (205 rubles a half-liter), Chimay Triple (205 rubles for 300 milliliters) and Timmermans Kriek cherry beer (170 rubles for 250 milliliters). Wine starts at 800 rubles a bottle.

DK is far from the center, but with its reasonable prices and swish interior, it's well suited to celebrating anniversaries and weddings, or just enjoying a simple beer or two on its patio out front.

5 Ul. Ramenki, (901) 537-1738/1739, noon-last guest, M. Universitet.