Tucked away on a sidestreet in downtown Vilnius, you may pass by "Adria" without noticing, except during lunchtime: the restaurant caters to local businesses with specials and can be a crowded mid-day, so come early or wait for an hour or so. The kitchen features mostly traditional Georgian dishes. A good starter is Kharcho lamb soup. It's not too spicy, so ask for dried red peppers on the side, if you need more zing. This can be light meal when combined with a salad topped with baked salmon, chicken or Imeretian cheese. Portions are generous. Soup and salad and a glass of Georgian Saperavi dry red wine (or a white, if you prefer) satifies but does not encumber afternoon exploration. For something more substantial, I recommend the spicy Lula Kebab made with ground lamb wrapped in (a flatbread) lavash, or Chicken fillet roasted on a spit over an open flame with spicy Adjika sauce on the side. For a lighter meal I suggest Khachapuri -- oven-baked pan bread filled with Imeretian cheese (you can request a small serving); and Tbilisi Khinkali -- a rather large dumpling from the mountains of Georgia. For dessert try Pakhlava, a Georgian somewhat less sweet version of Baklava. I found "Adria" cozy place with moderately-priced food and friendly service. Friday and Saturday evenings feature live music. Located on the northwestern edge of Vilnius Old Town a block south of Gediminas Avenue, 5 minute walk from the main government building; add 10 minutes from Cathedral Square. Free parking (relatively rare in Vilnius) next to the restaurant for folks with wheels.
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