Georgian Dinner, Friday 15th July 2005When I used to think about Georgian stuff, I used to think of the rectangular windows in the old Georgian buildings in London. Not very appetising, I think you would agree, and hence I was a bit dubious when Veronika recommended that we try Georgian food. But what she mean was Georgian food from Georgia (ex-USSR), and not from Georgia, USA, either.
So I moseyed over to Genezvale, Windscheidstraße 14, 10627 Berlin, a couple of weeks ago for a tasting and I must say that some of the stuff there is actually pretty good. Not quite haute cuisine, but, well, interesting in a nice way. A real revelation was the Georgian house wine which is made from a grape which I have never come across before. We went with a Russian friend and she said it was pretty authentic food, so that is good enough for me. It is not the cheapest place in Berlin but I think we can escape with about 25-35 Eur per head, including drinks, if we tried hard enough.
To put it simply, July's dinner is going to be for the (slightly) more adventurous crowd. The food is really not bad, but it is not the usual stuff that one would have tasted before, with strange herbs that can't even be bought in Berlin. Basically, if you are used only to bratwurst or Western-style Asian food, this would be a totally new experience, so why not give it a go!
The dinner is scheduled for Friday, 15th July, and we have a returnee member, Ray Dudek, who is back on a visit from the States, probably loaded with more misogynistic jokes, but, well, we like him anyway.
As usual, it is first come, first on the list, so get your emails to me asap if you want to try a different sort of cuisine in July! It is a biggish place, so our group size should not be a problem this time, unlike last month where some of us had to practise synchronised breathing at Mount Everest. Those that make the list will, as per normal, get a confirmation email with a map and details of where we will have a cocktail or two before dinner.
See you soon!
How it went on the night
As usual, I underestimated the amount of food and most of us ate so much that we could not even waddle over for our usual after-dinner drinks. Most of the comments was about the unusual nature of the food - good, tasty and all that but, well, still a kind of, unusual! I have the pork shashilik which was beautiful and tender but the lamb hotpot was also pretty good. The appetisers were also very different from any that I have had before. So is the wine. Definitely a place to revisit but maybe not more than 2-3 times a year, for those rare occasions when one need extra carbohydrates and proteins!
Maultaschen Piano bar Anna Jonas & Liz Kirstin Kristine & Chad Ray & Verena Anna & Sylvia Food gone! Christine