While lacking the intimacy of the Bethnal Green original, Islington’s Little Georgia still stimulates interest in the under-documented culture of Georgia, with old telephones, traditional drinking horns and graphics-heavy political posters bringing originality to the otherwise standard jade green and cream interior.
The menu is identical in both outlets (owner Tiko Tuskadze makes the dishes for the two restaurants in the N1 kitchen), and is a pleasing introduction to a cuisine that has influences from Europe and Asia. Cold starters include russian salad (a filling mix of potato, carrot, spring onion, pea, egg, dill and mayonnaise), while hot starters feature borscht and a baked-to-order khachapuri, a moreish cheese-filled bread that’s a national staple. Homely mains – chashushuli (highly seasoned beef stew), kotnis lobio (a bean dish) and pan-fried poussin – are good too, especially on a cold night.
Unlike the BYO Hackney branch, this place is licensed, with an extensive wine list. Georgian wine is very good, but if you’re more in the mood for beer, then try one of the Russian lagers, such as Baltika.
|Venue name:||Little Georgia|
14 Barnsbury Road
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 7-11pm Tue-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat, Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£12|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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The restaurant is a pleasant enough place and we found the food tasty, fresh and enjoyable, having a small Meze to start followed by blinis and a Salmon kebab. A good house red and Georgian beer to accompany the food were also fine.
What was far from satisfactory was the service. We had booked for 19:00 and there were only two other couples in the restaurant, we were told to find 'Any of the tables for two', although we might have preferred to sit at one of the larger, unused tables that did not appear to be reserved. We were then left sitting at the table, when eventually the waitress brought some menus and retreated, once more, to the central island.
After a further wait, I got up and asked if we could order some drinks. When the drinks arrived, there was little attempt at eye engagement, no smiles and no warmth.
When the plates for the Meze were cleared away, we were told to keep the knives and forks that we had used for the Meze to eat our main courses.
The waiter who brought us our bill was, in contrast to the waitress, much more pleasant.
There is a 10% service charge added to the bill, perhaps this is why the waitress felt no need to make any effort.
The best Georgian restaurant in London, both for food and ambience. Get a starter plate including the badrijani nigvzit (aubergine with walnuts), some Georgian wine, and of course a khachapuri. For mains, you can't go wrong with any of them!
A pleasant evening and the cheese bread is definitely a highlight, but very much overpriced. We were two meat-eaters and two vegetarians - one of us had a whole trout, salad and potatoes, while the two vegetarian mains were fairly small bowls of - admittedly tasty - gloop served with bread, really NOT worth paying £10 for. The meze platter for four was £25 for a fairly small plate, though accompanied by the delicious cheese bread. The service left a lot to be desired, friendly but slow, with what is presumably an artful post-Soviet disregard. Nice to try, but I wouldn't go back.
Whilst accurate, the other reviews listed here only seem to mention the quality of the food. I think it is important to mention other things too... The food in this restaurant is either overpriced or incorrectly priced. The cheesebread (which is delicious) is exactly the same price (£9) as the cheesebread with the egg in the middle, which seems bizarre. The main courses that myself and my girlfriend ordered were exactly the same price (£13 - which incidentally is about the average price of a main course, not the £8 - £12 listed above). We both had chicken, only hers was half a chicken with potatoes and salad. All I had for the same money were 4 small bits of chicken in a garlic sauce with some bread. They seriously need to rethink their pricing based on what you get for your money. The wine is woefully expensive, with the cheapest bottle of red priced at £18. There were a couple of cheaper white options but you shouldn't have to make this decision based on price. The service was average, we were told to take a seat and had to wait so long that my girlfriend had to go up and grab a couple of menus for us. This is unacceptable given the fact there were 4 members of staff and about 5 full tables. One of the waitresses was lovely and informed us (albeit a tad misleadingly) about the food and the portions. I always found myself having to get their attention though, never did we feel looked after. In all the food is very nice, just not worth the money. Being forced to drink beer because of exorbitant wine is annoying however, as I really did want to know what Georgian wine tasted like.
I love the Little Georgia!! You can always find a table and the food and wine are excellent. Very reasonably priced too.
This place is Amazing. Georgian Food is so tasty. Until I went to this place, I did not know that there was a country called Georgia in Europe. Only after the visit I have done some research and discovered this old country that has so much to offer and has many things to try. This little place in Islington is very charming, With some Posters form Old Georgian Movies, some soviet feel using art deco phones and elements. Main course was huge and Georgian Red wine was something to always look after
Amazing place for a great Georgian Meal and wine. Just off Angel station and in a very quiet street. Food selection is great and you have an option to get mixed starter platter for two , if you wish to try all of the selection. Main i always go for is Stew.
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