19 November, 2022 seen 20,896I have been living in Tbilisi since 2011 during my stay here I have tried tasty foof at more than a hundred restaurants and cafes across the city. Update, this article was originally published back in 2015. Many restaurants mentioned in this article are out of business. Due to the article's popularity, I decided to refresh it a bit and leave it for history…
Cafe Laboratory is located at the top floor at the high end shopping and business center Merani on Rustaveli avenue, Tbilisi.
I was doing some photography in Vere neighborhood, when I received a call and invitation from my beloved one, she insisted we should meet at this place, enjoy some cup of tea/coffee, also she knew I'm with camera so most probably something good for my Tbilisi restaurant review series might happen
So I walked Rustaveli avenue to the Merani shopping center, got to the top floor - and there she was already. Story can be told now.
This cafeteria/restaurant features stylish interior, another great feature is an outdoor large terrace (not the rooftop, but still)
Menu at Laboratory cafe
Another great feature - very simple and straightforward menus - basically here you get - main dishes, crepes and sushi. Thus the prices are well above than in more casual Tbilisi restaurants. Cup of Turkish coffee - 4.5 GEL? No, thanks!
Got some ideas for our upcoming home remodeling tasks here.
Napkin holder - cliche, but sweet
Items for sale
Pretty expensive items, but if you are a slave for stylish elements you might end your day with a new china (I hope it's china) cup for 105 lari, for example
Cheese soup served with croutons
Now in above photography it looks better than is tasted on place, I didn't find there any molecule of cheese, for some reason large potato slices were added there and total absence oy any spices. This was one the the rare times in Georgia when I actually used salt cellar and I was able at least to improve taste of this so called cheese soup, on the other hand, this is one of the rare places where you can get croutons for your soup.
All above written applies to this soup as well - no taste at all.
Bread with grated cheese
Technically speaking that cheese was meant to be melted...
The Bottom Line
Probably the chef was absent in the day we visited this place (February 12, 2016), probably it's just as it is ... For two soups, coke and large teapot with fruit tea we paid about GEL 25, which is pretty normal, but I would be afraid to spend here more ordering something from main dishes. The best taste here was for coke and tea. Speaking of interior and location - just brilliant. I will most probably return here to give this place another try.
Now it is your turn, have you been to this place lately? Drop me a comment and a short review.