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Time Out says

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
N7 8LT
Tube: Highbury & Islington
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