Barbecue, kebab, shashlik — it has different names, but what you call it is not what matters. What matters is the dish itself: simple, but mouthwatering, piping hot grilled meat. In Russia, Sochi is one of the best places to try it — this southern city is known for its masters of the shashlik craft. We’ve picked the best places to enjoy a shashlik in Sochi.
If you believe that a good meal comes best with a good view — you’re welcome at “Dobry Merlin”. Get a table right in front of the enormous panoramic windows and enjoy your steaming hot shashlik and a view of the park greenery outside.
Khmeli-Suneli is a name of a Georgian traditional mix of spices. This place is hard to pronounce but very easy to find, the smell will lead you from the neighboring streets! Khmeli-Suneli’s specialty is authentic Sochi cuisine, which according to them is a mix of Georgian, Armenian and Russian. So, in addition to any of the numerous varieties of shashlik (lamb, pork, chicken, even sturgeon!) try the famous spicy Harcho soup or Tkebuli couscous salad.
Priprava is the Russian word for “spice”. All these reference to spices is a true sign we are in fact in the south. Priprava has something special for those on a diet, but still craving to feast (that would be all of us) — the deer meat shashlik. The two key phrases to describe it are unusual taste and low-fat. Well, the third one is the price, just imagine how much it costs to bring your deer from Yakutia to Sochi. It’s like sitting at a restaurant in New York and ordering your tea directly from Hampshire. But isn’t diet all about sacrifice?
Just ask a random person from Sochi for advice on shashlik venues, and they will insist on this place. It’s is so famous locally, it doesn’t even market itself anywhere. Best. Shashlik. Ever. Maybe that’s why it’s called “Radost” — “Joy”?