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“best place we visited in kiev for food”
Review of Spotykach

Ranked #3 of 1,872 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Yes, Spotykach really be proud! With such care together under one cover the most famous culinary hits of the Soviet era have not for everyone. Here is what restaurant critics over the years will be called "Ukrainian cuisine of the Soviet period," and the mere process of reading the menu is wild appetite. Salad leaves traditional herring under a fur coat, Olivier, Mimosa Capital, salad with beans and a dozen names. Then begins an even more pleasant discoveries. Take, for example, herring with anchovies on potatoes with onions or perch with mushrooms, fried pancakes. Sated fangled delights metropolitan restaurants audience inevitably return to the simple joys that are certain to become trump card Spotykach.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“best place we visited in kiev for food”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

we visited the place in oct with 2 guys from the uk, a polish guy and an ex east german guy. the place was friendly and good atmosphere. the food was very traditional and got the thumbs up in quality.

recommend if you are in Kiev you try this place.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank andy999923
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“Do we think old soviet style is pleasant in restaurant? I dont”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Kyiv is a city where restaurants are not easy to find when comes about real tasty food we would like to come back. The main operating principle of a restaurant should be the attractiveness and uniqueness food taste you should remember and come back later.

Well Spotykach is not such kind of place. It just looks like another story reloaded from what already have seen in Kyiv at "Varenichnaya Katyusha" (ex. Varenichnaya Pobeda). Really don't know who opened first, but marketing-wise, they say it is a traditional Ukrainian restaurant on the billboard. Well no, it is just soviet Russian style one.
As a first matter of fact, is hard to understand how "Old Soviet" themes could bring up pleasant feelings to any normal history aware and connected European, while it is the contrary. All about "Soviet Era" is by definition unpleasant. People where experiencing no freedom and food shortages. This type of marketing makes me think that main targeted customers are maybe first-pass Asian tourists and, of course, the local old fashioned oligarchs nostalgically diving in the stalinist atmosphere... So personally am not attracted by any fashion coming from the "golden soviet era" or nazi. On the contrary this works with holodmor or holocaust museums but not with restaurants.
Now to get back to topic, restaurant has a good service, being promptly "intercepted" by the smiling hostess and placed to the right table, being offered before a free shot on the house. That's very warm welcoming. Restaurant has live music, mostly Russian than Ukrainian but pleasant to listen to. Service was very good, tried to play safe as usual do at first pass and ordered some beef specialty, salads and vareniky. Food was good but nothing special at all to justify the price which is quite mid-high. (don't forget to very careful at drinks pricing)
In a nutshell, good but nothing to call you back again for lunch or dinner. Would recommend this for a business meeting or to invite some first touch tourist, like I was recommended at my turn, during my adventure to discover Kyiv's interesting places.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank HonorU
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Good, if you are looking for Soviet-era impressions”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

The restaurant is located next to the Andriyivsky Uzviz.
It's a member of the Kozyrna Karta chain, so don't forget to ask for a discount with your card.

THE reason to come here is to get a glimpse of what a typical soviet interior used to look like.
Being a native Ukrainian myself, I was a bit surprised to see the attention to detail and some of the ironic elements in restaurant's design.

The food is good. Not breathtakingly special, but quite good.
It has the right mix of Ukrainian and European cuisine.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank EgorParienko
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Yummy and the Cold War Era”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This restaurant conveniently situated in the center of Kiev was our joint of choice during a layover in the capital of Ukraine before a flight to our final destination – Tel Aviv. Porsches and Audis parked in front of Spotykach as well as welcome shots of spotykach (sweet local liquor that gave its name to the restaurant) served by a fancy dressed waiter got us think we had not entered the most inexpensive place in Kiev. Later the bill proved our guess had been true. But I swear, both the great Ukrainian food and the atmosphere of Soviet era of late 60-ties made every hryvna paid worth it.

It was far not the first time when I had borsht (beetroot soup), draniki (grated and then fried potatoes with mushrooms) and toasts with garlic but it was probably the first time I enjoyed them all so greatly.

All in all, I believe this is the perfect place for taking a break during a tour around Kiev to pamper your guts and catch a glimpse of the USSR of the Cold War era.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank YakovTriko
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“good place, but food not "wow"”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

The restaurant is in a cellar and is decorated with items from the 60s and 70s to create a Soviet-style ambience. Service is quick and friendly, cuisine is unimaginative Ukrainian. Zakuski -- forshmack, salo, pickles, local sausage, herring were what you get everywhere else, borsch was good, vareniki with potatoes -- mediocre, as were vareniki with cherries. Khrenovukha was ok.
The day before we went to Shekavica on recommendations of our Ukrainian partners, and all felt that Shekavica was a level above Spotykach -- the food was better quality and the place was cheerier without this feel of Soviet simplicity in food and spirit. If you want something fancy, similar to Pushkin in Moscow, go to Lipsky, if you want to try authentic Ukrainian go to Shekavica (reminded me of Shinok in Moscow, but food was less greasy), and if you want to get a kick of Soviet-style stuff, Spotykach is the place for you.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank MaxV_96
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