It was a great recommendation by one of our board members, Elisabeth, to visit such an undiscovered cuisine: Georgian!
At the new location of restaurant Batoni Khinkali, in Amsterdam, eight SFYN members joined the dinning club, last Thursday, curious to discover new flavors and catch up over “food news”.
The restaurant handles a rather small menu, definitely simple for guests, who are unfamiliar with the cuisine, to comfortably make a choice!
We ask for a couple of starter plates. We taste beans, young cheese, pomegranate… But the great champion is the grilled eggplant, rolled in an unnamed walnuts cream.
Carrying on with the infamous Khinkhali, it appears to be the biggest kind of dumplings I have ever encountered! Its dough is thicker and beautifully knobbed.
We need to try all the Khinkhali the kitchen has to offer: the typical, with meat, the cheese and mint, and the mushrooms. Difficult to name our favorite! Very peculiar in flavor, the herbs enhance the main ingredients.
(for sure I want to stick to tradition of how to eat khinkali! In the picture, myself trying not to spill it on my clothes!)
Irina, member of our team and originally from Georgia, reminds us of Georgian etiquette: rigorously eating Khinkhali bear-handed, slurping the juice of the filling, after the first bite!
I am smelling freshly-baked bread, what is it?! Soon explained, we have the luck to taste khachapuri: a warm, gooey cheese-stuffed bread, egg and butter topped. An indulging delight!
Not forgetting the drinks, the team opts for Saperavi, a full-bodied, rich-flavored velvety wine accompanies throughout the meal. Just a few of us still have some space to taste the desert: the beans pudding and pomegranate ice cream are new to our palate, and the hint of coriander gives it an unexpected note.
A great experience, for these foodies, at a very reasonable price. Pleasantly content and satisfied, we have some last chat with the funny, yet sweet Georgian chef. Looking forward for next dinner with SFYN Amsterdam!
Roberta writes as Roberta.tastes about food during her travels. As an Italian she just loves to taste new dishes.