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“Travel back in time through the ring of a doughnut.”
Review of Spurgine

Spurgine
Ranked #1 of 8 Dessert in Kaunas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Spurgine is all about doughnuts. Spurgine is nothing to do with doughnuts. That's the fun paradox at play in this soviet era bastion of batter.

You'll want to come here for the doughy delights on offer (although possibly not for the British Rail era coffee). There's curd-cheese filled 'Zagareliai' doughnuts, Jersey Wonder style doughnuts, savoury mushroom-filled doughnut pasties, herby meat filled doughnuts, jammy doughnuts, salty, sweet, strawberry, snozberry (whoever heard of a Snozberry) and icing-sugar dusted doughnuts, there's even doughnuts with extra doughnut...

Yes, it's all about the doughnuts. (And the soup which was a tasty broth with a chicken leg submerged in it like a miniature poultry shipwreck.)

But then Spurgines is also nothing to do with doughnuts. It's about the 50s/60s Soviet-style interior, the colourful, abstract wooden art on the walls, the bustling, brusque but beaming waitresses (well they smiled when I tried ordering in Lithuanian!), the old metal stools, the industrial eastern bloc kitchen that reveals itself every 30 seconds or so as another tray of golden globules is carried through to the counter tops.

It's a reminder of simpler, older times. Days out with the folks. A doughnut and a catch up with friends. A pasty and a coffee with grandparents. This is pure fluffy nostalgia for many locals and they seem to adore it - whether they have a BMW and Bang & Olufsen or just a good coat and boots to their name.

Especially, as my Lithuanian friends remind me that although it's an SSSR-style cafe - this is Lithuanian cuisine.

Of course, it's both the doughnuts and the history that make this a vital watering and doughnut-eating hole on your trip down memory lane in Kaunas.

Time travel exists and it's got nothing to do with flux capacitors and Michael J Fox.

It's why locals love it. It's why you'll love it. So come and bend your knee (and mind) to this totemic temple of tempura!

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5  Thank Luke A
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

the same staff, the same doughnuts, pretty same service and prices.. worth visiting for difference not for eating. The interior of the caffe (not sure I can call it in this way) is from soviet time - not much left in Kaunas

1  Thank au_a22
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Students loved this place where you could get coffee with milk brewed in a pot and fresh fresh soft pastry for just few coins.
Motherly barmaids do not wear white kitchen gowns any more, but are very characteristic still :-)

2  Thank tiklaima
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

II know the small cafeteria more then 20 years. And what is most wonderful, that every time I came there I find almost the same menu and the same waiters just a little bit older ☺. I recommend to the visit cafeteria not for dough-nuts or coffee (the last time coffee was terrible), but for almost authentic interior of soviet cafeteria.

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1  Thank Renata S
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Spurgos are traditional Lithuanian doughnuts made with "varske" cheese curd.The restaurant can be found along Laisves Ave. It was small and reminded me of a diner from the 50's. Various types of spurgos are served there. I liked the typical round globed shaped "varske" doughnuts and the ones filled with apples! Very, very good! I had fruit tea with my doughnuts and bought a few more to have later as a snack in my hotel room. That was a great idea!!! YUM!!!

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1  Thank Karolinute
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