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Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

howdini | Aug 23, 201311:33 AM

Across the street and half a block south of the wonderful Tacis Beyti is this new Georgian spot. The decor is great: late-period Georgian castle, or perhaps villa. Wagon wheel chandeliers: awesome.

Three of us ordered spinach mashed with nuts, xinkali [the largish soup dumplings] and an achraruli kachapuri. The spinach came in a football-shaped lump, kind of like a pate but not as smooth. l'm not sure whether it was raw or lightly steamed or sauteed, but it tasted very bright and fresh. lt was nice on its own or spread onto the excellent house-made bread.

The xinkali [seven to an order] were good: very mildly seasoned, the wrappers a bit thick but not overly so. There was a decent amount of flavorful soup in them; from the description of the ones served at Oda House, these might have more soup in them? Despite their size, they don't contain as much soup as good XLB, and they're not nearly as rich, but still they're pretty tasty, like a juicier meat pierogie.

The achraruli kachapuri was really good: not as big as the one at Georgian Bread, but as rich and flavorful: the butter, salty cheese and egg mix together into that wonderful, decadent mush, the crunchy crust of the bread providing both a vehicle and textural contrast.

l'll definitely head back to explore the menu more. And, fyi, there's [l think] a Russian-owned wine store a couple of doors down, that has a decent selection of Georgian wines [though l don't think the restaurant is byob].

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