Kalina Ukrainian Restaurant in Tbilisi

I usually prefer to avoid writing about negative experience when reviewing restaurants, or if there is something negative I always try to make impact on the good things. Unfortunately my last visit to Ukrainian restaurant Kalina in Tbilisi (on 18 Shalva Dadiani street) was a complete disaster.

But let's try to find the good things here at first - interior, yes it's pretty decent made in retro style, seems this interior style is trendy for Tbilisi this season. I was left with a copy/paste feeling - the same interior you can find at Gardenia, Barberstan... this retro interior style is trendy all over the world, chandelier lampshades, jars on shelves and so on - I first met this trend at Restaurant Bangerts and Berghof restaurant, and must admit such retro - vintage style restaurant best suites in some rural manor  - Bergof wins.

Interior at Kalinka

Interior at Kalinka

Overall the interior is pretty fine (just boring, as have been seen dozen of times already) let's speak about food - Since this place serves Ukrainian cuisine I opted for Herring in coat, dumplings in pot with sour cream and vareniki. 

Look at Herring in coat:

So called herring in coat at Kalinka restaurant

So called herring in coat at Kalinka restaurant

80% sliced boiled potatoes, one peace herring and a lot of mayo - well - such a disastrous herring in coat I tasted for the first time. Price - around 8 GEL.

Next came vareniki - I was surprised seeing them served in such a cheap way.

Vareniki

Vareniki

They tasted OK, thus I had the feeling they are bought at nearby shop instead of been prepared in restaurants kitchen (if they even have such a luxury)

Last drop in my patience was so called dumplings in the pot with sour cream

Dumplings in the pot

Dumplings in the pot

Again dumplings from the closest shop, but what's actually a tragedy, the sour cream was ...old and bitter. 

Common people it's anything but Ukrainian restaurant, I got this feeling that no Ukrainian has been close to the kitchen or management of this place. I will never return to this place and don't recommend to you either.

18 Shalva Dadiani Georgia
Coordinates: 41.691555 44.802117

About Reinis Fischer

Reinis Fischer is a Drupal Developer who works and lives in Tbilisi. A programmer by day and a writer by night. Or Vice Verse. Covers topics on Travel, Restaurant Reviews, Finances, Blogging e.t.c. Loves DIY and recently is excelling as a main constructor in his latest project - home remodeling.
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