A few café chairs are placed, rather optimistically, outside on the pavement bordering the chilly A24. But inside, it’s cosy and warm. Languid staff read out the day’s specials from the blackboard: dishes with odd Georgian names, from the Caucasus.
The Georgian staff wear their nationality and cuisine with pride, but are savvy enough to know that their customers are more likely to order muesli than tworozhniki (Georgian pancakes) at seven in the morning.
So although The Georgian does borshch, blinis and even grape pudding with walnuts, it also serves croissants, scrambled eggs, club sandwiches and toast with Marmite.
Of the Georgian dishes we tried, khachapuri – cheese bread – was the highlight, the pastry soft and flaky and the cheese within soft, warm and oozing.
The pelmenis – ravioli-like dumplings – were also hearty, wintry food, filled with minced pork and beef and served in a minted yogurt sauce. Ask for a side order of ajika – a spicy relish – to pep up the stodge.
The fasting tradition of the Georgian Orthodox Church created months of meat-free days on the calendar, and so Georgia has a good repertoire of vegetarian dishes. One such dish resembles the French galette, or buckwheat pancake; it was filled with herby greens,with some cooked-but-cold mushrooms served on the side.
I’m not sure what the Georgian Orthodox Church decrees on cake, but if it’s bad for you, then these Georgians must be sinners. The counter groans under platters of appetising confections made from fruit, cream and sugar, most of them baked. The coffee’s good, but the coffee grinder’s very loud.
The Georgian has recently started opening for dinner dinner from Fri-Sun – and the plan is to keep it BYO, with no charge for corkage.
27 Balham Hill
|Opening hours:||7am-6pm Mon; 7am-11pm Tue-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham South|
|Price:||Main courses £12.50-£15. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.|
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I was looking to take the wife out for some lunch and we ended up driving toward clapham, she noticed the fresh looking Georgain cafe, "nothing ventured nothing gained" All i can say is mouth watering food and warm reception.. We have been back quite a few times now and are pleasently suprised every time with a warm greeting and awesome tastes form anith country! I recommend a try!! Trev & Jane
We were delighted to find this resturant. It makes a change - the food is well prepared and different. More spicy than I would have expected and interesting as a result. Quiet, cosy atmosphere but busy enough. Charming helpful staff. We had dinner for 5 people, 2 vegetarians. Recommended - we will return.