All reader reviews by David
Visited on a Friday night before Christmas and found the place very busy with Russians and Georgians; a good sign. Good buzz and warm atmosphere; no music but a sctreen showing a (rather random) slideshow of things Georgian, followed by a classic Russian film set in Georgia (subtitled) and not intrusive. To the food. Starters: Lobio was terrific and correct; Hatchapuri more buttery and less cheese-stuffed than usual, though delicious; the Satsivi I would say doesn't have curry powder but is heavier on the paprika/cayenne/saffron and easier on the coriander than I (at least) would make it. Mains: Khinkali (7 in number) are very filling/heavy; the meat is right but the dough/pasta is so-slightly too thick. Tabaka was nicely spiced and served with home-made dripping-fried chips (yum!), which could have been crisper. Wine: a good list fairly priced, we enjoyed Saparavi and good, clean Chacha to follow. Service: willing if a bit nervous by cute Georgian girls (Katie Melua lookalikes). The damage? £80 for two, not at all bad for the standards of the cooking and the location. We'll be back; the place can raise its game but its a welcome addition to the former USSR restaurant scene.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7
Revisited Tbilisi last night and had a quiet, civilised time, unlike that which so many Christmas Party places in Upper Street appeared to offer! The place was neither busy nor empty, Georgian singing filled the background. Service is willing but not proactive - you may need to wave to be noticed if you want anything.
Food was good - better than the (now defunct) Little Georgia. Hachapuri was light as a feather and just the right level of saltiness. The other dishes of our trio of starters (the way they do things here) were a nicely spicy hot liver confection and a good, meat-free, dill-rich Russian salad.
Moving on to mains, the two of us again shared three (through greed not compulsion). Kinkhali was made with good meat and careful spicing but the pasta was maybe a little tough; a hot Satsivi for me worked less well than that dish does when made cold and good Chanaka which was satisfyingly flavoursome - if it had a fault it would be that it could have used a little more meat.
Wine; very fairly priced Tamada reserve (dry red) and two Chachas each saw the bill hit the not-so-dizzy heights of £60; fair value for a very different and satisfying experience. Tbilisi doesn't hit great heights but it does a good job as the sole flag-flyer for solely Georgian cuisine in London. Go and keep it afloat!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8