MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

Written By bryanboy

MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

Are you an adventurous eater? I am. There’s more to life than having a ceasar salad or a club
sandwich. I’m not talking about devouring insects or exotic genitalia but hey, no judgment if you’re into that. What I mean is that I’m someone who likes to try things I’ve never had before. Me and my siblings were raised by my parents to try things at least once. On a side note, read this NY Times article.

I have my limits, of course: you won’t see me eat insects, domestic animals and yes, genitalia though I once had sheep testicles in Iceland many years ago. Depending on my mood, I’ll try it. Ostrich meat? Had it in London. Rabbit? Had it in New York. Frogs, snails, duck fetus (balut)? Done, done and done.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Instead of saying “no” when Alexey asked if I’ve tried Caucasian food before, I played devil’s advocate and channeled the Debbie Dumber in me. “Caucasian food? What’s that? White people food?” was my reply.

So after a disappointing and fruitless trip to a Russian flea market (I was hoping to see kitschy Soviet-era things and Russian antiques but I was greeted with Made-in-USA/Made-in-China second-hand cast-offs), we went to Mamaliga for lunch.

Click click click!

Caucasian cuisine, for those of you who don’t know, is food that comes from the Caucasus region: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and parts of Russia such as Chechnya, North Ossetia etc.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Dima having a go at the menu…

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

No more water for Alexey…

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Tomatoes, peppers, garlic and stalk of some kind. This is very tasty
and delicious.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

This tastes like cheese pizza for some reason.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

You take bits and pieces of this bread…

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

… and dip it into this sauce.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Ordered a tomato on the side after seeing other patrons order it.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Eggplant with stuffing of some sort.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Soup! A meal wouldn’t be complete without soup. There are morsels of beef in it.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Granted, everything I had can be considered as safe and there’s really nothing exotic there.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

This is why I need my Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. Ignore the shadows (both table and me holding the camera). I don’t like seeing my veins…

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Saw this bird (parrot or parakeet?) on my way out of the restaurant. Soo cute!

Picture of parrot at Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Picture of parakeet Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

And there you have it. I’m so glad I tried
Caucasian food!

Can you imagine? I could’ve easily went for Italian or Japanese or heck, McDonald’s…

What a beautiful and very healthy lunch indeed.




19 Comments

  1. PLiNi

    LOVESSSS iiiTTT BRYANN!!!
    it all looks so simply cute!
    &&&
    what camera did you get??
    i’m interested because you said you loved it, so yeah!

  2. Alexa

    You repeated Georgia twice in the countries that count as Caucasian food. But still, you should cause Georgian food is AMAZING.

  3. I hope the food was good. I went to a wedding where we were offered spit-roasted lamb that Chechen refugees cooked for us. Needless to say: it was very good; needless to say: they would debate your idea that Chechnya is part of Russia!
    http://davidikus.blogspot.com/

  4. all those dishes look so tasty! *stomach grumbles* you are soo lucky to have traveled many places :) i’ve only traveled half way round the world but it seems you have been all around it! good for you :D
    love,
    vintage-birdy.blogspot.com
    {no, it’s not about birds}

  5. That looks awesome! Thanks for clearing up the Caucasian part of it. I would’ve thought the same thing you initially thought. Awesome blog by the way.

  6. That’s VERY interesting! I’m not an adventurous eater but maybe I should think about it! I loved the colours of the vegetables, I bet I wouldn’t be able to not try these dishes!

  7. Hej! Kamusta? I saw you today in Stockholm but failed to say hi. Just wondering if you want to meet up for tea in the city if you’re still around. Let me know if you’re up for it.
    /Tom

  8. Ooooh you’ve in a Georgian restaurant) I am from there) But now I live in Russia
    Next time you’ll visit Georgian restaurant I strongly recommend you to try Hachapuri. That is delicious! There are a lot of types but the best is Acharuli – it has an egg on it. It is amazing
    Marika
    and check out my new project – Story of my Clothes

  9. Oooh i wouldve gone to this restaurant too had I known it exists == but i wont try the exotic fare… testicles a lamb… no thanks LOL :)
    And psst where to get sally hansen ? LOL need it!!

  10. What you should have tried is “mămăliga”, which is a dish itself ( well, not exactly a dish, more like something you eat with a dish) made out of corn flour.

  11. pretty sure that green stalk is from garlic.
    its sweetens if you roast it with some sea salt and olive oil!

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