Yet another reminder of Kobe's historical past, Balalaika has been here since the 1950s, although they've modernized since then. The menu covers all the Russian favorites - cabbage rolls and meatballs, stews, piroshikis, borscht and so on. Dinner runs around Y3500.
Naka-Yamate-dori 1-22-13, Hillside Terrace 3F. (on Kitano-zaka 1 block N of Yamate-kansen, SE corner, next to Basin Street jazz club) Open noon-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.