Heard about this place from the Blue Danube Wine importers and was excited to try it as we’ve had no Georgian food at home except for the occasional pop-up. Cute place, pretty big, I presume it fills up with Georgians and Russians on weekends. Quiet on Tuesday night.
Lobio: “Pâté style red beans with herbs, walnuts, tomatoes, and onions” (small, $5.50). Great, never had anything like it. Sort of like an onion and walnut salad with refried-bean dressing.
Guruli Kapusta: “White cabbage pickled with beets, garlic, dill, and spices” (small, $5.25). Simple, good, nice as a side for the meat dishes, didn’t make a lot of sense as an appetizer.
Zharennyi Syir: “Fried cheese served with lemon, tarragon, red hot pepper, and a drop or two of brandy” ($9). Good, similar to Greek or Mexican fried cheese. I’d ask for extra roasted chiles next time.
Pkhali: salad of cabbage, walnuts, “finely cut vegetables & herbs married with lemon & garlic” (small, $5.50). Really good, never had anything like it before. According to the server, depending on the night you might get a version with beets or spinach instead of cabbage.
Special, lamb shank chakapuli ($26). Tons of garlic and scallion? greens, hearty broth, great dish. Ate every scrap and cleaned the bone.
Zharenniyi Yazyik: “Beef tongue wrapped in blanket of herbs and roasted in ghee butter” ($14.50). Came with beet salad and horseradish sauce. Good but was too full to have more than a few bites.
Various Georgian wines, $40 each. Rkatsiteli and Saperavi were good. This was way more than enough food for two. We took home enough for another meal.
Sister restaurant that has been around a few years longer: