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Review of Mapshalia

Mapshalia
Ranked #244 of 1,281 Restaurants in Tbilisi
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Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Great Turkish coffee and fresh peach juice.
Food is simply delicious. Cheap. Must visit.
Authentic place.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Эдгар Р
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

Super friendly staff is ready for your dumb questions: 'what is that?' they will try to explain, anyways - super friendly. Good georgian (Megrelian) cusine. Cheap !! And wine is cheap and drinkable ... (not good but possible to drink) and insanly cheap !

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank Semua
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Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Very cosy home georgian restaurant...yummy and authentic Georgian food... Very very cheap. Very nice and attentive waiter. We definitely recommend.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Cesar68
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

They have English menues, reccommended us dishes and it had a perfect location. Local, delicious and friendly

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Daniele C
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

The short:
Ridiculously cheap, tasty Megrelian food, served with a smile!

The long:
Mapshalia is as unassuming as they come. The entrance - a small doorway down a few steps - is marked simply in Georgian, the throng of locals dragging on their cigarettes outside (smoking indoors is now illegal in Georgia) the only give away that there's something worth seeing inside. The atmosphere is exceedingly casual. You’ll be as comfortable here as you’d feel showing up at a family barbeque in slops and a faded “I'm drunk and you're still ugly” t-shirt. The small dining hall, covered in Soviet era plaster scenes, would be stiflingly hot in summer, but thankfully there are tiny, private cubicles hidden behind swing doors with windows set in at road level. And when I say tiny, I mean TINY. Like don't bring your big boned Aunt Hilda here for lunch tiny. Small benches, only 20cm wide and not much higher, are crammed right up against the walls, leaving just enough space for the low table on which they will pile on your Megrelian feast, starting with chunks of gloriously chewy bread and a spicy, gazpacho like soup in which to dunk it. If Georgia were a Magic Mike film, Megrelian cuisine would be Joe Manganiello – much heavier on the hotness, so make sure you have a bottle of local Tbilisi beer or cream lemonade to swig before you tuck in.
Our English menus were brought to us by a very friendly waitress, which set the homely tone for the whole meal. The staff at Mapshalia were all delightfully welcoming. The menu is small with the most glaring omission being khachapuri, the Megrelian version of which does not only get cheese stuffed between the layers of bread, but also has a liberal dose of sulguni slathered on top. But seeing as you’re in Georgia, and as such probably have khachapuri oozing out your pores as you climb the hills around Tbilisi by now, you can do without the carbs for one meal. The stand out dish on the menu is what some say is the best elarji in Tbilisi - cornmeal cooked with sulguni cheese till it forms an oozy, stringy, glorious gloop. It is richer than Warren Buffet could ever hope to be, so the simple meats on offer make for the perfect pairing. The roast pork was a little on the tough side (like most of the roast meat style that is popular in the region), but was very tasty and the chicken livers were crispily fried on the outside, just the way I like them when they are done this simply with a bit of onion. The spinach pkhali (vegetable and walnut pâté) was flecked with chilli flakes and the portion was enormous – save some of the aforementioned bread to use as a transportation device for when it arrives.
Mapshalia is a place where you can get raucous with your family while you do supra the Georgian way, or grab a quick bite to eat before you make your way further down Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave. The prices are ludicrously cheap. Our entire meal, drinks included, came to just 20GEL ($US8). A service charge is not automatically added, but you’d really want to tip the wonderful staff in this tiny establishment.

The little things:
The restaurant is located under the once grand Apollo Theatre and apparently used to serve as a ticketing office. On the verge of being condemned, the theatre has now been restored to within an inch of its life, some say for the worse. So be sure to check it out when you leave and ask yourself “What would the Property Brothers say?”.

Date of visit: May 2018
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2  Thank Liezl K
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