Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are three hospitable countries of the South Caucasus region. The are known for their interesting ancient traditions, mountainous nature and of course, amazing flavorful cuisine.
How can we describe the national Caucasian cuisine? It is fragrant, with a great use of spices and herbs, with the harmony of savory and sweet within meat and grain-based dishes and a deep love of bread. And all these countries have both some similar dishes and some absolutely unique ones. So, where it is better to get acquinted with all the secrets of the Caucasian national cuisine? Today we’ll try to answer these question!
Top 5 Best Restaurants in Armenia
Armenian rich culture with a thousand year history is flavored with the taste of traditional dishes. They have been collected for centuries and passed on from generation to generation as priceless heritage. The most popular traditional restaurants in Yerevan are following:
The chain of “Tavern Yerevan” restaurants is the best to try national and Caucasian cuisine. The menu offers a wide choice of dishes for both meat lovers and vegetarians.
The interior of the restaurants is made in an authentic style, with traditional Armenian carpets and dishes. All restaurants are located in the city center.
Address: Pushkin st. 10
Dolmama is a national restaurant that has revived so many forgotten traditional dishes. The restaurant’s signature dish is the traditional Armenian dolma. Dolma is prepared from grape leaves which are stuffed with minced meat. Dolmama serves both traditional dolma and modern interpretation of the dish.
The interior of the restaurant is made in the traditional ethnic style with large windows, antique chests of drawers and mirrors.
Address: Tumanyan st. 30/3
Tospia is located in the center of the city, on one of the main streets. The menu of the restaurant mainly consists of national dishes, you can also find several dishes of European cuisine.
The interior of Tospia is all about the history and traditions of the ancient country. The restaurant is made in the traditional style, the interior is completed with the copies of historical exhibits. The floors are divided into halls “Veranda”, “Art”, “Garden” which are decorated in different styles.
Address: Amiryan st. 7
The new restaurant Anoush has been opened recently in the Republic Hotel, in the heart of Yerevan. The interior of the restaurant presents a unique mixture of traditions and modernity. The halls are decorated with huge jugs along the walls, wooden decoration, furniture is made in a minimalist style. The warm colors dominate which set on positive vibes.
A wide selection of traditional dishes is completed with a rich wine list. Every Friday, the restaurant hosts wine tasting and treats.
Address: Ghazar Parpetsi st. 9
We will complete the list of Armenian restaurants with Noyan Restaurant, one of the first national restaurants in the city, which is still included in the rating of the best ones in the city. The interior is made in the traditional Armenian style with red and wood colors dominating and traditional household items.
The restaurant offers a wide choice of traditional meat and fish dishes, salads and traditional fruit vodka.
Top 5 Best Restaurants in Georgia
It is difficult to express the whole taste, aroma of Georgian cuisine. The hot temperament of the people is transformed into hot and bright Georgian dishes. You can try and finally find out how tastes Georgian dishes in one of the following Georgian restaurants:
Address: Agmashenebeli ave. 132
The list of the best restaurants in Georgia starts with Barbarestan, the legacy of Princess Barbara Djordjadze. More precisely, her legacy is a recipe book that has become an inspiration for the exquisite menu of the restaurant. The owners of Barbarestan took all the best from the cookbook and adapted it so that you will find the ideal dish to your taste.
The two-story building combines solitude and hot Georgian temperament. There is a wine cellar in the restaurant with a huge collection of Georgian wines.
Taglaura is one of the few restaurant chains in Tbilisi, which managed to win respect in the capital. The interior and exterior of the restaurants are made in a traditional Georgian style. Here you can feel all the taste and spirit of Georgia.
Another advantage of the brand is its own brewery. A small selection of wines is compensated by a large selection of fresh local beers.
Address: st. Akaki Beliashvili 75, Tbilisi
Tsiskvili Restaurant or Mill is another popular tourist destination with high ratings. The building of the restaurant is quite remarkable. In front of it there is a huge garden with fruit trees and a pool with trout. Walking along a stone path, you will get to the restaurant.
In addition to the splendid cuisine and colorful interior, the restaurant daily hosts a show program with national music and dances.
In the Shadow of Metekhi
Address: Tsamebuli passage, 29-a
“In the shadow of Metekhi” is located in the historic district of Tbilisi. The magnificent view of the River Kura, the Old Town and sulfur baths opens from the balcony of the restaurant.
The location of the restaurant is not the only advantage. The most important highlights is the excellent cuisine. This bright and tasty Georgian cuisine, a large selection of Georgian wines, national music and just a warm atmosphere will make your day unforgettable.
Kakhelebi is considered one of the most atmospheric in Tbilisi, and of course a restaurant with delicious cuisine. Despite the fact that the restaurant is not located in the city center, it is very popular among both tourists and locals. Kakhelebi has several specialities. The main feature is a very simple building with a completely different atmosphere behind the walls. Another feature is professional service of waiters. They may ask you a few questions and offer the perfect dish to your taste. By the way, vegetables and greens are grown in the restaurant’s own farm.
Top 5 Best Restaurants of Azerbaijan
The main life of the country is concentrated in the capital Baku, and the most popular national restaurants are also located in the capital. Azerbaijan cuisine is quite specific, many dishes are borrowed from neighboring countries and are represented by interesting eastern names. Visit one of the best rated restaurants in Baku to taste the local dishes.
Address: Salatin Asgerova st. 86
The first in the list of top restaurants is the museum-restaurant Şirvanşah, which is made in the style of old Baku with traditional carpets and copper utensils. The building of the restaurant is located on one of the oldest streets of the capital. The interior is complemented by objects of everyday life and paintings.
The menu consists exclusively of national dishes from different regions. Every evening, the restaurant has live music and you can enjoy the music of mugham masters.
Address: Khodjali ave 20
Sumakh is considered the best of the national restaurants of Baku, which recently updated the menu and now presents larger selection of traditional Azerbaijani dishes. Many of the dishes are prepared in tondir. Each traditional feast ends with a tea-party, sweet jam and dessert. In Sumakh you can taste exotic varieties of jam from pineapple and Feijoa.
Address: Avenue of Parliament 8A
Nakhchivan or Nakhichevan was part of historical Armenia, until the Soviet authorities decided to make the historical lands of Armenia part of a very young Azerbaijan. Nakhijevan still retains some of the traditions that originated in Armenia.
The restaurant Nakhchivan offers the best dishes of Nakhichevan cuisine, and traditional lavash.
AVAZ Dining & Lounge
Address: Moscow Ave.
AVAZ Dining & Lounge is a new restaurant in Baku, made in a modern style. At the same time, the restaurant’s cuisine is exclusively traditional. Such a mix of extremes and a beautiful serving of dishes are worthy of attention.
Address: Babek Avenue 11/31
This is another new restaurant opened in Baku, in the Babek Plaza business center. The interior of the restaurant is simply luxurious and expensive, like everything in the city. At one point you start to realize that the whole city and everything around is made exclusively luxurious and shiny to capture attention.
Behind its luxurious walls, the Noosh restaurant offers authentic traditional cuisine in all colors.
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