Большой проспект П.С. дом 3
(угол со Зверинской ул.)
Невский пр, дом 74-76 (вход с Литейного пр.)
Meals from 250 Rubles
For a cheap, tasty meal look no further than На Парах (Na Parakh; Steamed). This local mini-chain of casual restaurants focusing exclusively on dishes cooked with steam has two locations in the city center. From the more traditional steamed vegetables and dumplings to creamy soups and lasagna, the menu is surprisingly diverse.
A friend and I checked out the location on the corner of Liteny and Nevsky Prospectы on a warm mid-August day. For just 239 rubles, the small business lunch includes two moderately portioned dishes, while the 279 ruble large business lunch adds another dish- both include a drink and bread. I ordered a delicious bowl of pumpkin cream soup and spaghetti bolognese, while my friend tried the lasagna. The food was light and delicious, a perfect simply lunch with classic flavors. I highly recommend the pumpkin soup- perfect for fall! The restaurant is extremely well run: the design theme is coherent and comfortable, the wait staff is attentive and friendly in accordance with Western-style restaurants, the food quality is high and consistent. Our waiter was new and a bit nervous, but when he accidentally dropped a napkin in my drink he immediately brought a new one free of charge.
It’s difficult to combine cheap, healthy, and tasty even in the United States, and being in a foreign country where you’re unfamiliar with the culinary offerings can be an added challenge. I highly recommend Na Parakh as a simple solution! Both locations are near metros (Sportivnaya and Mayakovskaya, respectively) and easy to access. They have seasonal specialty menus that keep things fun and different. Breakfast is offered from 6am until noon- try the homemade tvorog!
For groups and faculty led tours, it might be possible to push some tables together for a group, but I recommend keeping it small.