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“Fine hearthy place with really good kitchen...”
Review of Mimino Restaurant

Mimino Restaurant
Ranked #176 of 2,078 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $400
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Mimino has been a favorite Georgian restaurant of the Kyivans since 1999. It is located at Podil, the cozy shady streets and low buildings of which are so reminiscent of the old center of Tbilisi. When you come into the hall, which looks like a quiet Tiflis courtyard, where an ancient tree grows just through the roof of one of the buildings and plashes of sunlight are reflected in the stained-glass windows, you feel that your are at home at last. Because the ancient Georgian proverb goes that a guest is a messenger of God. And here the tables are served for the guests on which dishes are composed in a poem: a tender suluguni with bunching onion from a small family Georgian farm; satsivi (walnut sauce) cooked from farm chicken with Imereti saffron; dolma in young grape leaves; juicy khinkali; hot chashushuli sizzling on an earthenware ketsa; shish-kebab just removed from chargrill...
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I visited this place a few times (with friends and with wife) and place suits for most of the occasions when you want relaxed dinning. Restaurant is in Podol region of Kiev (a bit off central part of the city), in a relatively quiet street and with no parking problems. From outside, building is simple, but well maintained and only with a few discreet colorful details on the entrance. Inside, you are approached by kind hostesses, which are taking care of your coats and are directing you to your table (usually, it is wise to book). Inside, colours and visualisation is flavoured with Georgian folklor motives, but with a taste (it doesn't popps out your eyeballs) and interior is dominated by wooden elements. Besides regular tables there is a couple of separated zones for bigger crews. Menu is accented with Georgian food choices (which is great for anyone who likes middle-eastern flavors and style of cooking), meaning with just a bit spicier food (and there are plenty "homemade" sauces to accompany your meats - so, for red-hot food lovers, also a good spot). Meats and fishes are pepared just as they should be and just in time. Starters are very tasty and if you are vodka-person, they have finely chilled salo (pork lard), salty marinated herring and marinated veggies (this is ukrainian/russian element in the offer). And not to forget - really good hatchapury (variant of cheese-bread which is served hot and you cannot get enough of that treat). Beers are well chilled (both from kegs or bottled). Wine menu is wide but if you focus on Georgian food (menu is elaborated also for European taste), then it is natural to drink wines from the same geografy - and they are seriously good and usually not overpriced as Italian or French. Semi-sweet or dry. For parties who are spending long hours there, wooden chairs could be equipped with some cushioning, but it's not a minus. I never reached a point of ordering a dessert, so I have additional drive to go there again - everything else is so nice and fresh that all niches in belly are stuffed.
Music is loud enough for not to be distracted by neighbouring guests. Place is clean, whole set-up is working easy. Almost proffesional service (thee are very few places in Kiev where you could experience masterful waiters) and manager obviously counts on guest's sympathies for the girls working arround the tables. However, no big deal. Total recomendation.
If you are regular or your bill is heavy at the end, you will be offered with member discount card, on your way out.

Thank Vladimir M
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

We liked the sampler very much, but also the Sashlik for main course. Our waiter was a bit too fast and put some pressure. Nice place outside, fast WiFi!

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Thank Ernst N
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I visited the Mimino with my girlfriend, and I was pretty happy that she speaks russian because for me as "pure tourist" it would have been a bit difficult because the staff didn't speak english and there was no english menu. But since that this was not a problem it turned out to be a pretty nice stay.
The Mimino is styled in accordance to the russian movie with the same name, and gives a nice cosy setting. The quality of the food is good, especially meat quality. We had a cheese plate and soups for start, and a shish kebab plate for the two of us as main. The soup was of very good quality, grandma style, and the meat of the kebab was great. Critics go to the cheese plate, the menu promised 5 georgian cheeses, but there were only two. Apart from that, no complains about the quality. Just the display was a bit...uninspired.
It's maybe a bit overpriced, but overall worth a recommendation.

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1  Thank JP W
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

My Kyiv based friend brought me here and the food is good, although not the best Georgian in town. The atmosphere is great, however, although maybe not to everyone's taste. Mimino was a very famous soviet-era movie shown throughout the soviet union and regarded as a classic. The walls of this quirky place are festooned with movie memorabilia from the film, which is of course based in the mountains of Georgia (I was so intrigued I tracked down a DVD with English subtitles).

So, all in all, a great experience and the movie is worth watching too!

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1  Thank russellgww
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Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Was here again, after 6 month past. The food is very delicious! Specially Khachapury Adzharskii! U should try it! Staff are nice and friendly as previous time) Was here on 2-nd of January, was calm and relaxing atmosphere. And we was almost alone at the restaurant) Probably all people steel celebrating New Year))

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2  Thank Margarito4ka_
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