Grilleta Chinese Cafe in downtown Vladivostok

Grilletta Chinese Cafe in Vladivostok

Published: April 23, 2012

Грильетта / Grilletta
Ул. Светланская, 17 / 17 Svetlanskaya Street
Hours of Operation:  Daily – 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Meals from $8 (Business lunch specials from $3)

Grilletta is a little Chinese café located in downtown Vladivostok, right next to the city’s Philharmonic.  The quality of food at Grilletta is comparable to Chinese cafes in the city, but in my opinion, its friendly staff makes it a more comfortable place to eat.  Most of the people working there are immigrants from China, so they are quite welcoming to other foreigners.

The interior of the café is a bit drab.  The restaurant is located on a little alley, just below street level, so it doesn’t have the best natural lighting.  If you are looking for a fancier Chinese café, I would recommend Harbin.  But, what makes Grilletta a good cheap eats place aren’t its decorations or central location.  Rather, the quality of the food and the service are what make the café worth stopping by.  Typically, you get your food 5-10 minutes after ordering, which substantially quicker than other Chinese cafes in town.

Also, the menu is filled with tasty, traditional Chinese dishes, including spicy dishes that are hard to come by in Vladivostok.  Similar to other cafes around the city, the portions are huge and can easily fill up 2-3 people.  Most main dishes cost between 200 and 300 rubles.  For instance, I’ve shared a meal of rice (30 rubles per bowl), tea (100 rubles for a pot), and a delicious dish with chicken, peanuts, and vegetables (220) rubles with one other person, for a total of 175 rubles each.  Grilletta also offers a small variety of business lunch options, served on weekdays from noon until 2 pm.  There are 3 price options, ranging from 100 to 150 to 200 rubles, which include your choice of listed foods.  I enjoyed a plate of fried rice, a cauliflower salad, and a cup of green tea for 100 rubles.  I’ll definitely be going back again sometime soon to try some of the other items on the business lunch menu!

For groups and faculty-led tours, Grilletta is not a large café, but could reasonably hold between 10 and 15 people.

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Michael Smeltzer

Michael Smeltzer has degrees in Russian Language and Philosophy from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He has previously studied abroad in Irkutsk and is currently spending an academic year in Vladivostok as part of SRAS's Home and Abroad program.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar: $10,000 to Study Abroad

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