Cafe/Club* Tovarisch (Comrade) in Minsk, Belarus
Anyone nostalgic for the great Soviet State, or those that didn’t catch the wave the first time around will definitely enjoy this place’s concept. All is done to submerge you into that far away era, except the service, which is immaculate!
As you go down the stairs to enter you handshake with the doorknob & are greeted by a Huge hammer & sickle installation with a USSR map backdrop. The spacious dining room fully re-enacts the interior & setting of typical a Soviet restaurant starting from the music down to the knife & fork.
And an alcove hides a bright red dance floor with an orchestra pit and a display of a huge variety of items Made in USSR.
Upon further rummaging you will also find the endlessly creative bathrooms decorated with Soviet newspaper & lampshades in the forms of giant flies.
Once you have finished you meal, you can write an Anonimka** and comment on the food.
The food is sumptuous and really affordable ( as most places in Minsk) a 2 course meal for 2.5 cost us around 25 USD. Sorry we didn’t take photos of teh food which we gobbled on too fast!
Even the restaurant’s business cards enhance the restaurant’s brand through the Soviet emblem & the traditional typography.
And their giveaway calendars forewarn in the Communist style: Have you been to Cafe Tovarisch?
What are your favorite themed restaurants?
*Well it is actually a restaurant, but in Belarus there’s a huge tax & licensing difference between cafes & restaurants
** In the Soviet times people would anonymously snitch on each other to the authorities, this was called an “anonimka”
Find out more on Tavarisch’s Website