With its entrance down a dingy staircase off Allen Street, Mimino hasn’t the most delightful location. Still, there’s a relaxed vibe once you’re ensconced in the dimly lit basement, helped by friendly staff, regulars chatting in Georgian (while contemplating dumplings the size of small teepees), and a room in a farrago of styles.
An impressive rough-hewn round wooden table with ten high-backed chairs stands at the centre, its impact heightened on our visit by the theme from The Godfather playing. Musicians and dancers sometimes perform, and a partially mirrored ceiling, plastic foliage and brick, cream or pine-clad walls add to the mix. Food is characterised more by volume than delicacy. A mixed meze cold starter featured various vegetarian dips, including pkhali (spinach and leeks mashed with walnut and spices) and lobio (red beans with walnuts) with freshly made khachapuri cheese bread; flavours were rather similar and lacking in zest. Main courses consist of stews, dumplings or kebabs.
Chanakhi resembled a hearty bowlful of irish stew, with tender lamb and chunks of potato bulked out by onion and an immense tomato. The Georgian wine list is well worth exploring. So, a convivial venue with honest food rather than exhilarating cooking.
197C Kensington High Street
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Thur; 6pm-midnight Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Kensington High Street|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£16|
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Come to "Mimino"! Where can you find waiters who can not even tell what meat they brought on the plate (cold!) to a customer - lamb or pork and in attempt to identify it start sniffing it on the plate, where can you find waiters who start arguing with you instead of the changing erroneously ordered dish and then start crying that the amount will be deducted from their wages, so dish will have to be paid for anyway? All these and a lot more you can find In the Georgian restaurant "Mimino", in the heart Kensington! You don't have to undertake a time travel to be transported back to the USSR with all the glory of its customer service! If you wish to experience a rude and woefully inefficient manager, who laughs in your face when you politely point out the inefficiencies of his establishment, come to "Mimino" and look no further! Georgian restaurant "Mimino" in the heart of Kensington is your perfect place for a completely disastrous eating experience!