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Review: The cafe downstairs is swish, with sleek decor and a trendy feel, but in a relaxed Scandinavian sort of way. You get your food at the counter and then choose a table, and can stay for hours. Prices are great value - I got a small soup, salad and main dish for 280 roubles. They have some traditional Russian dishes (including some delicious croquette things) as well as international-style dishes. 90 percent of the dishes are vegan, and there are plenty of raw salads as well. There are also gluten-free options. I went back a few times while I was in St Petersburg. I had many of their delicious salads - including seaweed, cabbage, cucumber and fresh herbs, beetroot, and creamy beans. They also have tofu dishes and hot dishes with chickpeas, buckwheat, black beans etc. Everything I had was delicious, fresh, creative and healthy. Serving sizes are modest, so you can sample a number of different dishes if you wish. The music selection was also great - kind of chilled out and moody. The upstairs restaurant is more fine-dining, with gourmet raw (and cooked) creations. The menu is split roughly into one third raw vegan, one third cooked vegan and one third vegetarian - clearly marked. Prices are higher than downstairs. Expect to pay around 500 roubles for a starter and main. But it's worth it - the food is beautifully crafted. I had a raw borsht, and the raw green burgers, which were marvellous. They also have lots of spectacular raw vegan desserts. I had a raw pumpkin cake that I can honestly say was the best dessert I've had in my life! It was perfectly balanced, delicious yet healthy, and cruelty-free. Both upstairs and downstairs, there's no English on the menu, but the friendly workers spoke English and were happy to help me choose what I wanted and point out what is vegan.