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HB Royal Beer

Address: 20 Vazha Pshavela Avenue District: Saburtalo Tel: (+995 32) 239 31 13 Cuisine: Georgian, European Hours: Daily, from 10:00 to 00:00 Bank Cards: Accepted Price: GEL 80-120 (Dinner for two including beer and gratuity) Parking: Outside the restaurant E-mail: Not available URL: Not available Having finally found some time to visit a beer restaurant, I was especially looking forward to enjoying a mug of cold beer on one of those hot summer days at the HB Royal Beer restaurant. The...

Pastorali - Yet Another One But With Elarji

In terms of design, Georgian restaurants have basically chosen to follow one of two distinct trends in recent years: one is a tavern-style design with stone, cement and wood elements, pebbled footpaths and lawns (for example, Old House and Faetoni, among many others); another is the so-called “Tbilisi mixture” with mottled tablecloths, mismatched chairs, massive cupboards, heavy tables, red brick walls, decorative lampshades and old, creaking floors. The latter trend was pioneered by Gabriadze’...

Spring without Chakapuli at Bread House

One fine April evening, buoyed by increasing spring warmth and sunshine, we set out in an upbeat mood for the restaurant Bread House (Puris Sakhli in Georgian). Even the menu had “Spring” inscribed on the cover, but celebration of the season ended there. Our first disappointment came when we realized the “Spring” menu did not include Chakapuli – one of the most popular dishes of the season, made with lamb chops, onions, dry white wine, tarragon leaves, tkemali sauce (plum sauce), mixed fresh...

Black Lion – Posh Coziness

T he restaurant Black Lion can be categorized as a “posh” Tbilisi establishment with one notable difference – instead of excessive gloss and sheen, it attracts visitors for its coziness and family-style ambiance. The interior combines the design elements of an old Sololaki apartment with those of a traditional Tbilisi cellar – thin doors, antique locks, brick walls, cupboards, vintage-1970s tablecloths, non-matching chairs, oversized floor cushions, sieves whimsically transformed into...

Meager 'Kakhelebi'

Having dedicated the month of February to sampling Kakhetian cuisine, I headed out one snowy evening to the Lilo district on the outskirts of Tbilisi to try out a new restaurant. The restaurant, Kakhelebi, has gained quite a following among Tbilisi gourmands since opening for business last year. Many hail the cuisine; almost as many are unhappy about the location. The only thing I can say about the Lilo neighborhood – a collection of small bakeries, grocery shops, miscellaneous stalls, muddy...

Café De France – Jazz and Caramel

The Tabidze Street scene has come to life in the past year with the addition of several new cafes and restaurants. In the evenings, the street bustles with activity and the dining rooms there fill to capacity. It is a shame that this street is not crowded during the daytime too. Last year, the city government refused to allow Tbilisi vendors of used and antique books to use Tabidze Street for their trade. It is actually a perfect idea – a charming street, with books, cafes and music…. Café De...

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