We came here with the extended family specifically for khinkali festival and enjoyed it tremendously!
Khinkali festival runs this month, till the end of October. This is when dozens of various kinds of khinkali are cooked versus normal half a dozen of varieties, with meat, byproducts and also sweet fruit and berries filling. Also, when you order one portion, they bring another for free. If you’re in Kyiv this month, don’t miss it!
We tried khinkali with pork, rabbit, veal tongue, lamb and liver, and all were equally good. The dough was thin, all khinkali were juicy; the herbs were perfectly balanced for my taste. Definitely worth going here specifically for. Khinkali is on the regular menu, too; but represented by a few main varieties.
Although one could get full by khinkali alone, we also ordered some of our Georgian favourites, including chicken chakhokhbili (chicken stewed with tomatoes and vegetables), lamb shashlyk and chicken tabaka. We were not disappointed with these as well, except that my kharcho soup was colder than I would like it to be.
Sadly, the wine list of those served by glass is extremely limited, we were offered only two varieties. Tarkhun (soft estragon drink) was okay, but I tried better.
I remain mixed about the service. On one hand, the waitress was smiling and rather attentive. On another, I found her a bit pushy about our orders, and somewhat intrusive. Our request to reduce the A/C (or ventilation), if possible, was never acknowledged.
Khinkali restaurant is located in the basement, so without a single window we were trying to imagine ourselves in Georgian marani (wine cellar). The interior is not to my liking: it’s no Georgian at all, rather kitschy. So one should better take it with humour.
The halls are not too large, so the atmosphere is very cozy. On week-end there’s a playroom for kids.
Despite minor issues, I rank Khinkali among my top three favourite Georgian restaurants in Kyiv, and can definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Georgian cuisine.
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