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....
© Nick Ballon
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jan 27 2010
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.
Little Georgia 87 Goldsmith's Row
- Venue phone:
020 7739 8154
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- Opening hours:
Meals served 9am-5pm Mon; 9am-11pm Tue-Sat; 10am-11pm Sun.
Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 26, 48 bus/Old Street tube/rail then 55 bus
Main courses £8-£11. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.
- 87 Goldsmith's Row
- 020 7739 8154
- 87 Goldsmith's Row
- Little Georgia
Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
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.
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.
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!)
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!