This was my first time going to a Russian Cuisine.
Originally i have booked a reservation at a Japanese Teppanyaki, but they somehow didn't have any record of it!? Even though i called them for a second time to re-confirm my booking that afternoon!
They couldn't give me a table and offered me and my friends to squish onto the end of a small Sushi Bar.
My friends knowing my kind of temper said, "Hey! Let's not let this Ruin our dinner, let me take you to somewhere."
They knew i loved trying different restaurants and after finding out i have never been for Russian food they took me here. "Balalaika" Russian Restaurant.
Balalaika is a famous Hong Kong institution and probably the only place in the city where you can get authentic Russian food and Vodkas. It is well known for its "Siberian Vodka room" AKA, Ice Freezer Bar, where dozens of high-quality vodkas are kept in -20°!
Inevitably an exotic meal may cost you an arm and a leg, though I have to say that perhaps Balalaika Russian Restaurant is one of the few exceptions.
I let my friend do most of the ordering from the Menu since i was a complete newbie.
This was the Assorted meat platter with pickled vegetables.
We also ordered the Caviar. I'm not a big fan or expert in Caviar so i can't really tell you what i thought of it. But judging from my friends, it must have been some good Caviar. Oh and the Caviar which came with Pancakes and Toppings! Now that was fun!
For my main dish i ordered a nice Salmon.
I know, every single Cuisine i go to i would still find myself eating fish. haha!!
Now, i can tell you, this was a good Salmon. haha
My friends ordered a Lamb shoulder with vegetables & coriander which was i think one of the more popular choices. Which i didn't get a chance to take a picture of because i was too busy eating my fish, but i remember the portion being HUGE!
FInally, the part you have all been waiting for...The Main Attraction!
A visit to Balalaika would be incomplete without visiting the -20° Ice Bar!!!!
Before entering the chilled room you get to choose a huge fur coat, a fur cap and a pair of furry ear muffs. I decided to go hardcore not to wear any of those! LMAO.
Just me, my shorts and my Vodka. haha
After taking this photo with a smile, i was dying to get out.
Overall i think it was a great experience for me.
I have never drank so much Vodka before for dinner! The Vodka menu had so many different choices that i just had to try them all. Well, i tried to haha.
I think i had around 12 glasses of Vodka that dinner.
Don’t expect to have much privacy here it simply wasn’t that kind of place.
The Ice Bar is definitely a must-visit.
By the way, when the bill came, most of it was the Vodka. So if you don't drink then this place wouldn't be too pricey. LOL.
2/F, 10 Knutsford Terrace,
Tsim Sha Tsui. Hong Kong.
Tel: (+852) 2312 6222