After a long day touring the Veliky Novgorod kremlin and its museums, my boyfriend and I were famished. We walked across the river to the other side of the city to get to Dom Berga for a late lunch. As it was early December and rather late in the day, we were the only people inside the restaurant. Our server was very nice and professional in handling our order, despite our non-existent Russian. The menu was easy to read, and offers more than your standard Russian fare. My boyfriend started with a salted Novgorodian mushroom dish and then had the cabbage soup that was served in a toasted bread bowl, which was very delicious. After a little bit of goading from my boyfriend, I opted to go out of my comfort zone and try the bear cutlet. Cutlet usually refers to a groundmeat patty, as a word to the wise. The meat is VERY gamy, but is tempered by the cowberry preserves it is served with. The buckwheat baked inside the apple is a very nice touch to compliment the bear. For dessert, we ended with a sea buckthorn and berry dish that is reminiscent of panna cotta. All in all, a tasty meal.
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