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A feel of Latvia... - Minsk
Lido Restaurant: A feel of Latvia...

If you've been to Latvia you surely know the Lido self-service restaurants. They are not just normal self-service restaurants, which are usually quite ugly places like autogrills; Lido are pretty nice in the interior, all in the country-Latvian style, and the food is also very good and cheap.
The only Lido restaurant outside of Latvia is in Minsk and it's a very big one. It's a self-service and all is like in Latvia, except the music which was the usual Italian old-style which is so popular in Belarus! :)) The interior can be a little kitsch sometimes, but always in the rural-contry style, either Latvian or Belarusian I don't know, but still is a nice place to eat! :)

Address: Nezavisimosti ave 49-1

Comparison: least expensive

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Website: http://lido.by/en/2231.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2007
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(c) sunshine9689 on VT - Minsk

(c) sunshine9689 on VT

Talaka Straunya: Belarusian food in a nice place

I was looking for the Rakovski Brovar when I passed in front of this cellar-restaurant and since I love places underground I couldn't resist and take a look.
Талака Страуня is a small place, very well decorated in a traditional, farmer way. There are really few tables and it was all full, but since I was alone that night they could find me a very small table where to eat my dinner.
Food was good and tasty and the waitresses spoke some English too. There were other foreign tourists inside, along with Belarusian friends. It surely is a touristic place, but still quite original and very pretty. The prices are not that cheap for Eastern Europe standards, but Minsk is not a cheap city.

Address: Rakovskaya Str., 18

Comparison: about average

Directions: It's just beside the Rakovski Brovar

Phone: +375-17-203 27 94

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Rakovsky Brovar: Best beer in Minsk

If you don't know it you'll never find it... I read about this beer brewery on the Lonely Planet guite to Russia and Belarus on my last night in Minsk. And it took me quite some time to find it even if it's really not far from the centre. Behind the huge and monstrous building you find in the Niamiha, walking across it, lies a very nice old part of Minsk called "Rakovsky suburb". It's just few houses and streets, all surrounded by enormous and ugly buildings, so they are really not easy to find.
There are a couple of restaurants there, and one is the Rakovsky Brovar, probably the best, and only, home-brewery pub in Minsk. I didn't try the food since I went there after dinner, but the place is nice and the beer is really good, unlike the main Belarusian brands which are not that great.
So if you are a beer lover I think this is the place to come.

Address: Vitebskaya 10

Comparison: about average

Directions: Vitebskaya can be reached on foot by walking across the huge and ugly building in Niamiha street, or take a taxi

Phone: 206-64-04

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Pub/Brewery

Website: http://www.brovar.by

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2007
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