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Dining out in Tbilisi (Day Two)

2011-12-18

Georgian cuisine is probably one of the best attractions of the country. The chefs here have managed to create not only delicious combinations of taste, but also originality, high quality and captivating look. Georgians use simple and familiar products but due to different proportions of the obligatory ingredients such as garlic, aromatic herbs, walnut, vinegar, pomegranate grains, barberries and other spices those common products get special aroma and taste differently. Georgian traditional Kupati, Labio, Khinkali and Kachapuri are the highlights in the menu. These dishes have long stepped over the national boundaries and fit everybody's taste!

Today we have had our lunch at Kala cafe, which is located on Erekle II street, very close by souvenir shops and art galleries. It is well-known for offering smooth, REAL Illy espresso, which is so rare in the Caucasus. The interior design goes totally antique, starting from wall decorations and ending up with old-fashioned menu covers. In the evenings they have live jazz music, something truely worth to listen...

Another fantastic place we visited today to dine was Shemoikhede Genatsvale restaurant. This place was totally on the traditiional side with waiters wearing national outfits and the band singing old Georgian songs. The Khinkali we tasted here was really good, something you would like to try, though I must say that in Armenia Khinkali doesn't stay behind in any way from the original Georgian one.

Wining and dining is good, but fun is fun! And we do love to have fun. Our next spot was the new Bamba Station Club. This is probably the best in Tbilisi. The hot disco party starts at 12am, when all the party animals gather in one place, drink and dance losing the track of time. The interior is mostly in black and red which makes the environment even ''hotter''.  We were ''special guests'' from Armenia and ginosi, so were treated specially :) Moreover, the club management provided free entrance and 15% discount for us and for ginosi guests who will visit it in future. Cool, isn't it?

Yes! Georgians are highly hospitable people. You will be assured of it with every visited place and even during short interactions. With so many advantages what else does a city need to be a favorite tourist destination? More attention, perhaps...

By Nare Mkhitaryan

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