Georgian restaurant, Daredzhani, is the best eatery I've tried during my stay in Almaty thus far. Choose a table at the brighter section near the windows (this section is segregated by a glass wall from the dark, warmer main dining area which local Kazakhs seem to prefer).
Started off with Tarhun, a tarragon-flavoured, green-hued Georgian lemonade. It was invented back in 1887 by a Georgian pharmacist, Mitrofan Lagidze.
What we had:
- Chicken Djigari: roasted chicken giblets with onions, garlic, Caucasian spices & herbs.
- Kachapuri: cheese stuffed bread, pizza-like, but actually reminded me more of Turkish pide: I guess they are all related somewhat.
- Beef Chashushuli: cubed beef chunks, stewed with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices. Very strong, intense flavours from the tomatoes, peppers and aromatics. The beef was tough and chewy, the way Central Asians like their meats, I guess.
- Chakapuli: stewed lamb with tarragon, cilantro, parsley and garlic shoots.
- Odjakhuri: roasted beef strips, potatoes, garlic, herbs, onions and spices.
Kunaev St., 85
85, Almaty 50000
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