Dinner for 10 rubles in a restaurant in Mogilev? Easy, but with shades

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Olga MAKSIMOVA. Photo by the author

Following Vecherniy Bobruisk, the news resource Magilev.by launched a series of articles on where to dine at Mogilev, what is served and how much lunch will cost. They also visit canteens, cafes, restaurants in the city and talk about their impressions.

Today in review is the restaurant Vasilki.

13/06/2022 Mogilev, Vasilki restaurant. Here they offer business meals no more than 10 rubles – so we decided to dine

When I got an editorial job to dine for 10 rubles at most and write, say, my aftertaste, I immediately thought of business meals. Every self-respecting restaurant, in my opinion, should offer guests a lunch menu. After all, 2022 is in the yard. Yes, the restaurants themselves are not bad: they cooked a borscht tank, like in a children’s camp, mixed mashed potatoes with meatballs – and then, at a meeting with hungry Mogilev residents.

My choice fell on “Cornflowers”. I will explain why. In the center – once. Belarusian cuisine (meaning no surprises) – two. Well, three: when I got very pregnant (and she was in Minsk a few years ago), there was only one restaurant in this chain near the maternity hospital. I remember the baby in the stomach demanding a cold drink with a huge amount of sour cream and a little herring. To my husband’s horror, I keep ordering such combinations for myself. And nothing, he succeeded.

13/06/2022 Mogilev.  The restaurant
13/06/2022 Mogilev. The restaurant “Vasilki” is located in the shopping and entertainment center “Atrium”

How to get

Address: Pervomayskaya, 57 (in the shopping and entertainment center “Atrium”)

Opening hours: daily, 11.00-23.00 (business lunch from 12.00 to 16.00 daily)

To reach the Basilica, you must take the escalator to the 3rd floor.

13/06/2022 Mogilev, Vasilki restaurant.  The interior is calm, as expected, with shades of blue.
13/06/2022 Mogilev, Vasilki restaurant. The interior is calm, as expected, with shades of blue.

Interior

In short, Provence in the Belarusian style.

The interior is made in pastel colors, nothing fancy, let alone glaring. There are many pots of grass hanging somewhere closer to the second floor (yes, the restaurant has two floors). It is good that there are no jars on the tables: it is always annoying. Of course, it’s beautiful, but perhaps, like the Wise Queen, I would like to roll up my sleeves, and here – oops, and a vase. And in the turns. In general, everything is thought specifically for Vassilis.

The windows overlook the center and the Spartak stadium. Both, I think, are great: especially the athletes who run in the track. I’m a hamster, say, pasta on both cheeks, and then out of the window rushes a stretched runner in tight leggings. This is a real motivation.

Hygiene

There is no toilet in the Basilica. But it is understandable: this is a restaurant in a shopping and entertainment center.

Upstairs there are quite decent men’s and women’s toilets, which can be used free of charge by guests of the Terrace. Everything is there: liquid soap, dryers, toilet paper.

13/06/2022 Mogilev, Vasilki restaurant.  My friend Catherine pretends to study the menu.  In fact, she often eats here, so her set of dishes is good
13/06/2022 Mogilev, Vasilki restaurant. My friend Catherine pretends to study the menu. In fact, she often eats here, so her set of dishes is very well known.

Menus and prices

I will not talk about the usual menu here – our task was to dine for 10 rubles. Therefore, we will talk exclusively about business meals.

Every day of the week is different, but do not exceed these same 10 rubles. If you eat yourself exclusively with soup, you can generally “get in” 3 rubles. From the lunch menu, if you wish, the first is ordered separately, the second separately. Another advantage: from Monday to Friday there are always “business lunch” dishes at bargain prices. There are four of them: 3 salads (the most expensive is 3 rubles 60 kopecks) and potato pancakes with meat (5 rubles 70 kopecks). In general, activate the imagination and combine.

Menu with business meals in the restaurant
Menu with business meals in the restaurant “Vassilki”.

Shades:

  • you can try the professional menu only from 12.00 until 16.00
  • There are no drinks in business meals (that is, you have to order fruit or coffee drinks from the regular menu and they will cost more than, say, soup from the lunch menu: for example, cappuccino costs 3 rubles 60 kopecks and “lunch cabbage soup” »2 rubles. 60 kop.)

My friend and I looked at Vasilki on Monday. The business lunch that day included the aforementioned cabbage soup (2 rubles 60 kopecks) and grilled chicken legs with a choice of mashed potatoes or buckwheat (7 rubles 10 kopecks). I got cabbage soup, but I refused the second one from the “Monday menu”. Instead, I ordered potato pancakes with meat (5 rubles 70 kopecks) from the so-called regular lunch menu.

My lunch at the restaurant Vasilki for 9 rubles 80 kopecks
My lunch at the restaurant Vasilki for 9 rubles 80 kopecks

Impressions: the cabbage soup is delicious, moderately sour. But pancakes are nonsense. Some half-cooked and not edible. I do not like it at all.

My partner was happy with everything. It is true that he did not order potato pancakes, but got a salad. But he is an experienced person, he comes here for business meals all the time, he knows what to get (Katia, next time I will listen to all your gastronomic advice, I promise).

Result: cabbage soup (2.60) + potato pancakes (5.70) + bun (1.50) = 9 rubles. 80 cop.

Service

Not a single complaint here. The waiters are polite and courteous. I just want to thank the kids for a piece of advice, which, of course, we did.

Summary

You do not need to go to the canteen to eat a cheap meal. You can consider choosing professional lunches at more reputable institutions in the city. For example, in the same “Vasilki” (and you do not have to stand in queues with trays – there are always tables, the waiters will come and serve you). The average check for lunch is 10 rubles.

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