I am just going to come right out and admit it. I love Khachapuri. I have a teenage-style crush on this Georgian restaurant chain, and if I were writing this using pen and paper I’d be doodling little hearts in the margins.
I love the loft-style décor with its mix and match furniture and picked-from-a-meadow flowers. I love the laid-back atmosphere of the place which works just as well for a Wednesday night catch-up with friends as it does for lunch at the weekend with the family. And of course, I love the food.
First, of course, there’s the Khachapuri after which the restaurant is named – a Georgian flatbread with melting cheese in the middle. My three year old refers to it as Cheesy Pizza and we have to fight him for every last slice. We always include some shashlik (kebabs) in our order – pork, lamb or chicken are all great, but whether you’re vegetarian or not, I’d recommend you get the vegetable shashlik as well. Just heavenly. I have no idea how they make vegetables taste that good. Also yummy are the lamb-stuffed vine leaves (Dolma). Quite a bit different to the Greek version but simply delicious. And I must give a mention to the Lobio which is a traditional bean stew. It has a homely, comforting taste to it and my toddler literally tries to climb out of her high chair to get at it.
Have I missed anything? Oh yes, keep an eye out for Tolik the Sheep, the Khachapuri mascot. We spotted him once outside the branch on Ukrainian Boulevard but you can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram and the Russian version of Twitter.
P.S. All the branches provide colouring pencils and paper to keep the little ones busy while waiting for their food, but they have a regular programme of events for children at Kievskaya.