Tbilisi is one of London’s oldest Georgian restaurants and, to our minds, one of the best. Behind a nondescript frontage, the Holloway Road howling outside, it’s a relaxing spot with mustard or dark red walls, wooden flooring and comfortable leather chairs. Knick-knacks are minimal: the odd tourist poster and a stylish display of Georgian wines (try the concentrated red Napareuli).
Starters consist of three soups and a choice of meze dips. The quiet, congenial waiter should perhaps have clarified that each ‘combination’ of a bread and two dips was meant for two diners (we ordered two, which would have made an ample entire meal), but each dish was a delight: lovely doughy flatbread filled with feta-like cheese (khachapuri) or mashed beans (lobiani); a spicy liver stew with pomegranate seeds; russian salad sprinkled with fresh dill; ratatouille-like ajabsabdali; and ispanakhi, a light spinach and walnut blend.
Main-course stews of chashushuli (tender beef in a tomato-based sauce) and harcho (chicken with a ground walnut sauce, rather like Persian fesenjoon, served with gomi, a polenta-like rice and cornmeal mix) were also appealing. Finish, if you’re able, with tangy baked apple stuffed with ground walnuts and raisins, and waddle off, contented, into the night.
91 Holloway Road
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 6-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Highbury & Islington|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£11|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Fairly ordinary with not much flavour. Hard to fault the food itself in terms of skill or execution but the dishes and maybe Georgian cuisine as a whole was unexciting. Had mince meat wrapped in cabbage stewed in a tomato sauce and flat bread stuffed with melted Georgian cheese. To sum up the mediocrity was a complementary salad of sliced tomato and cucumber.
Simply exceptional. We have been there on many occasions and always had a great time with excellent food (we tried the entire menu) and great wine. We have since introduced many friends who always loved it too. I you have not tried it yet - do!
Food: Excellent, with flavours and flavour combinations not found in many other cuisines. Service: very friendly. Wines: not spectacular, but unusual and well matched to the food.
Me and my friends visited this restaurant and were very disappointed. Food was very small portions and tasted bad,service was very poor,and we were asked to pay for service charge which is even ilegal.If you want to spoil your evening then you can do this there.
Simply delicious. If you like hidden gems, you'll love this place. Everything is TASTY. Go for some starters and the lamb or chicken as mains are simply delicious. Caramel cake for dessert was wonderful. Give it a go!