A year ago I knew absolutely nothing about Georgian food and I’d never eaten any. But after just nine months in Moscow my taste buds have spent enough time in Georgian cafes and restaurants to be able to identify the good from the bad and indifferent. Prianosti I Radosti is one of the good ones. One of the very good ones.
The restaurant is situated in Gorky Park overlooking the boating pond. Set back on a slight hillside, the floor to ceiling windows make you feel as if you are right in the middle of the trees. The restaurant is bright – airy and cheerful with painted wooden walls that are decorated with plants and vases all the way up to the ceiling. It has a modern style which has been given a relaxed feel by comfy sofas strewn with cushions.
The shashlik (kebabs) were soft and succulent, and the Khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread) was an especially fine example of our family-favourite. I also particularly enjoyed the pickled cabbage that accompanied the Lobio (bean stew). Not overly vinegary – which is what normally puts me off pickled vegetables – but spicy with a hint of dill.
As well as the good food, and making it a particularly good choice for us as a family, there is a small children’s corner where our two could play while waiting for our order, and we also found a baby-changing table in the toilets.
Despite being the start of May, it was a little cold and so the waitress suggested a sweet (very sweet) ginger and citrus tea to warm ourselves up. It was a good recommendation as the spice kept me feeling cosy long after we left.
PS: An English version of the menu is available, and the restaurant had no problem providing us with a clean and comfortable highchair for our littlest one. This is a lovely restaurant, good food and good service, but as it wasn’t heated at this time of year we’ll wait for warmer weather before making a return visit (despite the blankets they provided!). You can find Prianosti i Radosti on my map here.