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“good food, poor service”
Review of Mimino Restaurant

Mimino Restaurant
Ranked #218 of 1,931 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $700
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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...
Kiev
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“good food, poor service”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Nice georgian cusine. Beautiful interier. Poor service. Lack of any other languages. Only russian. Really it's a shame. Any smiles, any hospitality. But food really very nice. From the other hand the speed of it's appearance (too quickly!) remembers fast food.

  • Visited October 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A good Georgian food restaurant styled on a famous Soviet comedy "Mimino"”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Pro: Georgia – famous for its spicy flavor-rich food and great vines - used to be a part of the Soviet Union. The movie was about the adventures - in late 70's of the past century - of the honest but naïve helicopter pilot from a remote mountainous Georgian region who – through a series of funny encounters in Moscow, Russia - became a head pilot at an international airline… just to understand that he should get back to his "roots" again. It used to be the only Georgian restaurant in Kyiv in early 2000, now there is a lot of competition but Mimino's location in a bit run down but still pretty central "old town" are makes it a great weekend option. Good food, good wine, good service. The restaurant is a part of a famous restaurant "holding" affiliation with which (there are about 20 restaurants there), usually, guarantees quality services.
Con: but it could be more on one's plate for that price.
Useful tip: prepare to walk from the nearest metro stop. If by car/taxi, go on weekends, you may get caught in heavy traffic trying to get there weekdays during after work hours.

  • Visited May 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Average for Kiev..Above average for Georgian”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Hospitable Georgian restaurant got it's name from the popular Soviet movie Miming. Nice waitresses in the stewardess uniform, numerous photos of the film characters, flight caps and cozy fireplace recreate the movie setting. Guests can find private retreat in the VIP room. The secret of longevity of Caucasus population lies in fresh hachapuris, juicy shashliks, fragrant herbs, young wine and heartfelt toasts. Great atmosphere for that real eastern european experience

  • Visited March 2013
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London, UK
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331 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Ooh, you won't like that, dear.”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Maybe we hit this place on a bad night, but I would think twice before eating here again. That isn't a comment on the food so much as on the service, as will appear.

I've learned since eating there that Mimino was a popular film in the Soviet era, presumably set in Georgia. That would explain the stills and cut-out figures inside. Whether it explains the waitresses' uniforms is another matter; they were got up in what looked like Sixties air hostess outfits, or the kind of thing that hash-slingers in American diners might have worn in the same era. The outfits lacked either period or ethnic charm. The girl who served us was perfectly polite, and was able to communicate in English, and the menu was in English, or at least partly printed in Roman script. The difficulty came when we started ordering.

I started with khachapuri, and that was the only part of the food order that didn't seem to bother the waitress. My wife wanted to begin with lobio, which appeared to be a sort of red bean pate; waitress shook head, not because it was off, but for some reason she couldn't specify. She tried pointing at other starter options, but we stuck to our order. Then, rather than go down the usual shashlik route, I went for a main course of veal cooked with eggs and vinegar. More head-shaking; more inability to explain why. My wife was steered away from the pike-perch dish she ordered to another one, again for no obvious reason. I can only imagine that in each case the waitress was assuming that as wimpish Western tourists we wouldn't like the more arcane Georgian dishes.

But, as I said, the food wasn't the problem. The khachapuri (flatbread stuffed with cheese) was fine, but a very generous portion for a starter. The lobio looked a bit off-putting, arriving in two pink mounds with a fragment of red bean perched atop each one like a nipple, but was nicely flavoured with garlic and herbs. We were barely ten minutes into these dishes when the waitress reappeared. Could she bring our main courses to the table now? Since we were manifestly less than halfway through our substantial starters she should't have been surprised when we rejected the idea. Too bad for us; five minutes later she just turned up with the main courses and plonked them on the table. Three possible explanations: (i) Georgians eat a lot faster than us effete Westerners; (ii) rotten timing in the kitchen; (iii) it is the Georgian custom to bring everything to the table at once, which I don't believe to be the case.

Well, we plugged away at everything, but the main courses weren't improved by having to sit for a while until we'd polished off our starters, and they were each so bulky that we left half of them. Pity; the veal at least was an interesting novelty, although the pike-perch had dried out. We gave desserts a miss. I drank a glass of the house Georgian red; not a patch on one I'd had on my only other visit to a Georgian restaurant. We would have liked to get out fast, but just as we called for the bill the heavens opened and we were stuck there for another fifteen minutes.

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overpriced and so disappointing”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had a very average meal here but at very high prices - significantly more than we would pay in London for this quality. So although the service was excellent and we had a nice table on the verandah we left very disappointed and would not go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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