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There was a time not so long ago when it seemed that all of Moscow's Georgian restaurants were designed by one and the same person, and an old-fashioned person at that.
Dining on this flavoursome Caucasus cuisine inevitably meant immersing oneself in a ye-olde world of stone walls, roughly hewn wooden furniture, fake vines and clay pottery. Hefty menus bulged with a selection of dishes that hadn't been updated since the décor was last refreshed.
All that changed with the opening of Khachapuri, a chain of thoroughly modern Georgian eateries. Gone is the old-Tbilisi décor and up-to-date interiors have taken their place at the new Khachapuri eateries: European, laconic, and perhaps even a little austere.
Each of the three fully fledged restaurants has its own character. The 7 Ukrainsky Bulvar eatery near Kievskaya metro station is located on a green pedestrian strip graced by a collection of fountains and a playground, making its summer terrace the perfect place for families with kids, Tolik the little ram, keeps an eye on proceedings.
The Pushkinskaya branch is surrounded by business centres, which defines the restaurant's atmosphere on weekdays as office workers drop in for lunch or dinner. But it maintains an alfresco atmosphere with a spacious patio, and on weekends it has a family-friendly vibe like at the Kievskaya eatery.
The third new Khachapuri restaurant opened this year on 25th of April at Krivokolenny Pereulok, Chistye prudy metro station, has become a real present for all fans of Georgian cuisine. It is traditionally warm and home-felt with high ceilings, equipped with real Georgian oven 'Tone' for baking delicious Georgian lavash (bread), charcoal grill for making toothsome barbeque, fish and vegetables, and open kitchen so that guests can keep watch over the cooking process.
The menu is streamlined and democratic, and with plenty of choice for the kids. Khachapuri also gives the old classics a modern touch. Besides traditional Georgian dishes, such as pkhali, Hachapuri also has more gastronomic offerings, for example, a salad with plums and chicken breast, and a cream soup of leeks and sulugini cheese. It's Georgian cuisine that you will not find in other Georgian restaurants around the city. Khachapuri also offers much more variety, with less common varieties, such as lobiani rachuli filled with beans and ham.
Monday - Friday: 10am - 11pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 11pm