You are certainly in for a treat when it comes to local cuisine. The range is vast and the food is prepared with love, each region having its own specialties. Here’s a few you must try before you head home:
Khinkali | Best described as pasta parcels filled with meat, on steroids! Seriously these are made in large portions so careful how many you order (normally sold by the unit). These dumplings are most commonly made with ground beef but sometimes other fillings are used. They are boiled in water and served with ground pepper. Very delicious, filling and oh so traditional.
If you want to learn how to make them, join us on our Embracing Georgia tour and get hands on experience! Best souvenir you’ll take home.
Khachapuri | Bread filled with different ingredients, is the local version of a pizza pocket. These are made fresh on the spot and are very filling. The classic types are ones filled with cheese, or red beans (Lobiani) and the most impressive looking of all is the Ajarian Khachapuri – a beautiful boat shaped bread, topped with cheese and an egg (try when very hungry so you can finish it!).
Eggplants with Walnuts | A delicious appetizer of grilled eggplant topped with walnut meal and spices. Sometimes decorated with pomegranate seeds. This is finger licking good!
Grilled Mushrooms | If you love mushrooms the simplicity of this dish will delight you. Organic mushrooms, topped with a bit of local cheese and grilled to perfection. Its a must!
Churchekhla | Hard to pronounce but delicious to eat! This is regional sweet dubbed as the local snickers bar 🙂 Nuts threaded together and dipped in fruit molasses, hung to dry. May look like salami, but trust us, its sweet and a good accompaniment to a nice cup of tea or coffee!