Little Georgia

© Nick Ballon
Haggerston

This small but characterful café in a quiet corner of Hackney is often buzzing, due in no small part to its homely yet ambitious Georgian food. There are tables on the pavement for when the sun shines, and the simple, tasteful decor inside is perked up with quirky touches – vintage gramophones, fairy lights and stern, old black-and-white portraits. Service on our visit could have been more animated and it sometimes lacked urgency, but the tempting aromas wafting from the tiny kitchen were enough to distract us. Georgian borscht is served hot, and is the test of any east European menu; here it is comforting yet summery, with a deep, rich stock and layers of flavour. Another starter, soothing soft cheese blini, combined well with a garlicky carrot salad and herby yoghurt. Of our mains, from the weekly changing specials board, the most successful was the kharcho, beef stew with ground walnuts; tabaka, chicken with red plum sauce, was a bit dry and tasted as if it had been reheated. Nevertheless, Little Georgia’s generous no-corkage BYO policy, laid-back atmosphere and generally solid cooking are serious draws.

Venue name: Little Georgia
Contact:
Address: 87 Goldsmith's Row
London
E2 8QR
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-5pm Mon; 9am-11pm Tue-Sat; 10am-11pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 26, 48 bus/Old Street tube/rail then 55 bus
Price: Main courses £8-£11. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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alexandra l

This was my third visit here, spread over a couple of years. The mixed meze was ok, but not a patch on the previous times I've been here, and the lamb kebabs were also ok, but nothing more. But what really stood out was the crappy service. The table wasn't very clean; when the waiter realised that there were 2 of us, and not 4 as he'd thought, he tried to get us to move to another table; although it was before 11, the bill was brought to us without us asking for it, and, as the piece de resistance, the music was then turned off while we still had full glasses of wine.


I had similarly bad service at the sister restaurant a few months ago, which put me off ever going back there.


It makes me sad that these two restaurants have become complacent about their cooking, and are evidently contemptuous of their customers. I'm passionate about Georgian food, and I love the decor in this restaurant and its no corkage policy - it wouldn't take much for them to lift their game. But in future, I'll give them a miss and go to Tbilisi on Holloway Road instead, which always has .great food and friendly, professional service. 

Calvin Chiang

well.... i guess should have paid attention to the reviews talking about the bad service.... lets get one thing straight before i start. i dont like "service". the staff in my favourite vietnamese restaurant in australia used to wipe the crumbs from the previous diners off the table into my lap. i thought it was really funny. i also very rarely write bad reviews.... so. worst service ever? not sure but it was very very poor. served mainly buy a guy with a pretty sweet tache. he was kind of sketchy, enigmatic,.. or on something - dealing with him was just ...odd. and messy. between courses he grabbed all our dirty cutlery with one-hand from his position at the end of the table. after the main, he stacked all the dishes at the end of the table, dropping food across the table, and cutlery on my girlfiend's mum. not a pretty sight. the food. i was hoping for some kind of home styley georgian food umm rustic, honest, fun,.. dunno. but it was just quite poor really. e.g. "kebab". for £13 you get 2 thin dry lamb mince sausages (think kofte) rolled in that cheap "never goes off" tastes-of-plastic wrap bread. for £25 you get the "meze for 4" - 6 child-sized-handfulls of meze. and some "special" cheese bread. 3 of the meze were quite nice, and the cheese bread was ok. but come on for £25?? £25 still gets you much further than that at this end of the market the summary. They cant really justify the prices for the quality of the cooking or the lack of basic table service. maybe we were unlucky... but judging from a couple of reviews here, maybe we werent....

Jo

This is a great little spot (little unfortunately being the operative word!); very good value and offering an eclectic mix of dishes from Eastern Europe and further afield. Really enjoyed the pancake with smoked salmon.

melvin

We had breakfast here one Saturday in December 2012. Food was very tasty and extremely well priced. Coffee was good and service delightful. We live locally and are really looking forward to going back. A great spot to read the paper and watch the passers by.

Sara

We just went to the sister restaurant, Little Georgia North in Barnsbury, the food was delicious and service really great! We had a Georgian brunch with snazzy beans (comes with beetroot) and delicious sausages and egg. Would recommend as one of the more interesting breakfasts in London (and probably same for dinner and lunch!)

Ari

Brilliant local food. Great vibe. Cute and quiet seats outside when the weather is good

Niamh

I love this place...the Georgian breakfast is the best hangover cure I know! Food is delicious and the quirky surroundings add to the usually bustling atmosphere!