Georgian Food, Georgian Portions!
Best Georgian Cuisine Without Breaking The Bank
When searching for Georgian food in Moscow, one doesn’t need to look very far. Georgian-Russian ties date back to the 15th Century and they are the oldest of the diasporas in Moscow. With as many as 40,000 Georgians living in and around the Moscow area, it’s no wonder that the Georgian culture and food prevails in this ever-growing metropolis.
Georgian restaurants in and around Moscow cater to all, no matter the size of your wallet or how much time you want to spend dining. Personally, I have eaten at several Georgian restaurants. I have spent from as little as 600 rubles all the way up to 2000 rubles but, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that THERE IS a difference and not only in decor.
I recently had to opportunity to dine with my wife and friends at Khinkalnaya near Mayakovskaya metro to celebrate a recent marriage proposal, a birthday, and a soon-to-be-born baby boy. The restaurant is wedged between the corner of Tverskaya Street and Sadovaya-Triumfalnaya Street and a Bavarian restaurant “Bavarius” (they actually have a beer-garden). So, anyway, moving on. Upon walking inside Khinkalnaya, you feel quite comfortable with the large windows that allows copious amounts of light that seem to be magnified by the light, wood flooring and their creme-colored walls. In addition, their choice of soft-white table and chair colors seem to fit right in. I have to note that their “couch-styled” chairs are plush and make it easy for groups to linger for hours, talking, imbibing on their selection of Georgian wines and most likely (after the food coma, which is inevitable) a dessert!
We started with a super-large portion of pkhali. The appetizer had a tasty variety of 6 ice-cream scoops of different styles of pkhali with a larger, paté-styled pkhali in the center. I can’t even tell you which one was my favorite. You’ll just have to try each one yourself! On the corners of the platter, rested 4 slightly roasted (and then served cold) eggplant rolls. All of this was then topped with pomegranate seeds! In addition to this already monstrous dish, we ordered four small portions of Khachipuri Megrelsky (Price: 360 rubles) which consisted of their traditional Khachipuri bread, topped with Suluguni Cheese.
After our slightly massive start, we just couldn’t stop. We all ordered many different items from pork, fish, dolma, and beef. Honestly, that day I wasn’t that hungry so I took a picture of my friend’s meal; the baked lamb shoulder. He allowed me to try it and well, I guess I am not a lamb-guy! I didn’t care for it at all but he seemed to enjoy it. Although, the home-made mashed potatoes were fantastic. I think it’s more of a Russian thing, but it seems that mostly everything needs to be sprinkled (or doused) in dill.
I would place this Georgian restaurant in the middle…well, maybe slightly above the middle section of my personal rating system. Their menu was in both Russian and English. The waitress we had spoke only marginal English (nothing you can’t get around with some finger-pointing and using common “international” words, like “this” and “one” and “please”). The decor was above average and made for quite an enjoyable time. The food portions were larger than normal. And lastly, the price, per person, averaged around 1200 rubles, including one alcoholic beverage a piece.
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