In 2014, St Petersburg reconfirmed its status as the cultural capital of Russia and one of the leading world cultural centres. Throughout the year many events have been held to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum, made world famous by its outstanding collection of European art from antiquity to the present day.
The magnificent museum is situated right in front of Kempinski Hotel Moika 22. Many of the hotel rooms’ windows have a direct view of the museum’s beautiful building, which was built by architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli in 1754.
Inspired by the splendid architecture and in honour of the museum's anniversary, Chef Laplaza has created a culinary work of art that he’s named "L’hermitage". Well-shaped and whitened exquisite dark chocolate forms a perfect sphere full of hidden treasures - a gentle panna cotta, raspberry jelly, a tiny layer of biscuit and honey mousse. It’s a collection of flavours and textures highlighted by an exquisite appearance, which is a masterpiece of creativity like any true work of fine art.
"L’hermitage" dessert is served in the panoramic Bellevue Brasserie restaurant. Its glass walls offer spectacular views over the Hermitage Museum.
During the warmer months - from May to September - the restaurant transforms into an open-air lounge right in the city centre. With its summer terraces, one of which is a champagne bar, it’s a perfect place to enjoy spectacular views over Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Chapel and the Church on Spilled Blood. Bellevue Brasserie serves French cuisine and famous Russian cuisine in a modern arrangement.
Bellevue Brasserie and its summer terraces are located on Floor 9 of Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 and open from 12:00 noon until 2:30am daily.