Despite a political and geographical closeness and a consensus on ice cream
, it’s fair to say China and its prickly northern pal agree on little in the kitchen. Located a fiery breath north of Gui Jie’s 24-hour mala
crawfish haunts, White Nights’ location and tranquil, welcoming environs hammer home just how divergent the evolution of Russian and Chinese cuisine has been. The outdoor patio is a gorgeous spot to while away a summer’s eve, and the textured walls and bushfire tones of its interior offer welcoming respite in the depths of winter. White Nights is by no means the swankiest Russian joint in town, but like its neighbour Traktirr
, its comfort menu is nourishing and affordable. We kick it off with a plate of Russian pickles (8RMB) and a creamy beetroot, mayonnaise and walnut salad (16RMB), before bringing it home with a portly yet surprisingly tasteful rendition of the world’s sleaziest dish: the chicken Kiev (38RMB). Pro tip: a bottle of Great Wall wine here is 50RMB and a steal at twice the price.