TAKE YOUR BIG APPETITE TO LITTLE GEORGIA
Little Georgia serves traditional Georgian cuisine made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The hearty food, relaxed atmosphere and generous BYO policy draws diners by the dozen to the restaurants two locations in London.
Little Georgia, 87 , Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QR. Phne: 020 7739 8154; 14, Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HB. Phone: 020 7278 6100
Little Georgia is one of those perfect, laid back restaurants that oozes charm and intimacy without trying. As you might expect, it serves traditional Georgian cuisine: think stews, borscht, kebabs, and bread, with plenty of smoked flavours and pickled and spicy vegetables. Little Georgia has two locations in London, one in Islington and one in Hackney, and I was taken along to the Hackney one for a friend’s birthday. It’s just down the road from Broadway Market, so an ideal spot to eat if you’re in the neighbourhood for a drink at one of the many bars and pubs. You should definitely book in advance, though!
We huddled in Little Georgia’s delightfully cosy downstairs area and watched in awe as dish after dish of delicious Georgian food was brought out. This is definitely the place to go if you like hearty, filling meals. You will be hard pressed to find such a deeply satisfying mix of rich flavours, from Carnivore’s Lobio (a bean dish with smoked pork) to Khinkali (traditional Georgian dumplings full of pork and beef). A special mention must be made of the Kharcho, a beef stew with walnuts.
You will also find vegetarian dishes here, from aubergine ragout to baked mushrooms, not to mention a great selection of starters, salads, and sides. But vegetarians best be prepared for a slight bout of food envy. This is definitely one for the meat lovers. Little Georgia has a great BYO policy with no corkage, which really adds to the welcoming and intimate vibe.