Samovar – is literally translated as “self-boiler” and is a traditional Russian device used for making tea. The name of the restaurant sets expectations for Russian cuisine and rightfully so, however, you will also be able to find Georgian food here. The biggest issue at Samovar is making a choice. The portions here are huge and the selection is even more so with fish or meat, pelmeni or chakhokhbili (if you can manage to pronounce it, you’ll be rewarded by a portion of spicy Georgian chicken, onion and tomato stew), classic Caesar or the original Lastochkino Gnezdo salad (chicken fillet, fried mushrooms, greens, cherry tomatoes and walnuts), there are many choices to be made. You can be sure that whatever you end up having will be absolutely delicious, though.
The interior is simple, inviting a la Russe – but without the kitsch. Warm woods of the walls and furniture blend together with colorful fabrics to create an authentic and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Russian ‘izba’ (wooden home) albeit quite modern. There’s also a summer terrace and a yard, with individual gazebos set up for each table. If you’ve always wanted to drink tea out of a shining samovar, this is your chance to try it out in a befitting setting, with homemade jams and Russian baranki (cracknels). If you’re up for something more exciting than tea, come out on the weekend to dance the night away!
Mon-Thu 12 PM – 12AM
Fri-Sat 12 PM – 2 AM
Sun 12 PM – 12 AM
Salmon and pike perch soup ≈$7
Lamb kebab with pomegranate ≈$3/100g
Homestyle roast pork and mushrooms ≈$7