Amongst hospitality, mesmerizing nature and one-of-a-kind architecture, Georgia is well-known for its extraordinary cuisine. So many people come from different countries to get a taste of our traditional dishes. That’s why while travelling in Georgia you will encounter many Georgian restaurants and hear all about the traditions. Although, almost every Georgian dish is a must, there are several that are worth mentioning in the top picks.
It is probably the most famous Georgian dish. This caucasian dumpling is one of the main reasons why Georgian cuisine is capturing the hearts of travellers from all around the world. Originally from mountainous regions of Georgia, Khinkali can be stuffed either with meat, cheese, mushrooms or mashed potatoes. But if one wants to feel like a true Georgian, they should try khinkali with meat.
This mouth-watering dish is served in almost every Georgian restaurant. The perfect mixture of beef/pork and herbs produces the tastiest juice in a dough. If you have some time go to Mtiuleti to get an authentic local experience.
2. Imeruli Khachapuri
Each and every region of Georgia is unique in its own way. Every part of this small country has so much to offer to travellers, who want to get to know it’s unique culture. In different regions, the same dish is cooked in different ways, which gives you a chance to experience it in many different ways.
Imerian Khachapuri is the most popular one in Georgia. Usually being referred to as “Georgian pizza”, khachapuri has the same form as a worldwide-known dish, but instead of different ingredients, it is stuffed only with cheese. It is best served right out of the oven when the cheese is melting and you get a true sense of what this dish is.
“Georgian barbeque” is very delicately cooked on a very low fire, set mostly on special bbq machines. Either beef or pork is cooked for about an hour and a half, typically first cut and marinaded for some time.
You can get a taste of “Georgian BBQ” in almost every Georgian restaurant, but if you want to get to the origins of this super-delicious dish, go to Kakheti, the birthplace of mtsvadi.
“Bean pie” is a general name of this dish. Cooked mostly in Racha, a mountainous region of Georgia, lobiani is the essential of Georgian “supra” (dinner at a table). This dish can also be stuffed with meat alongside the beans, but the original lobiani is a wondrous mixture of mashed beans and Georgian herbs.
Lobiani and khachapuri are commonly mentioned together because the original shape of both dishes is the same, the dough is also the same, only the stuffing is different, but trust me it makes all the difference. Both are unique and a must when you travel to this beautiful country.
Another Megrelian dish, which gives you an authentic local experience. Cooked in almost every family in Georgia, ghomi on the first look is very familiar to rice, but it is a whole different seed with a whole different taste.
The essential thing next to ghomi is cheese. Variety of Georgian cheeses is basically served alongside this dish. Georgians put it inside hot ghomi and when it melts it creates a taste out of this world.
Phkali is a traditional Georgian dish that is fully made of chopped vegetables like eggplants, spinach, beans and so on. One of the main ingredients of pkhali is pureed walnut sauce. Typically there are served three types of it: beetroot, spinach and white beans. So, whenever you go to the Georgian restaurants to have a real taste of traditional dishes, do not miss out on pkhali. It is one of the essentials of Georgian “supra” (table).
Originally from the high mountains of Georgia, chakapuli is widespread all around the country. Cooked either with beef or lamb, this delicious meal is full of healthy herbs. The sour taste gives this dish an extra appeal. It is one of the healthiest and most popular dishes in Georgians from every region. Chakapuli is cooked with special devotion on Easter, it is one of the few essentials on a holiday table.
8. Acharuli Khachapuri
This dish is insanely popular not only in Adjara but almost all around the country. Acharuli khachapuri is super delicious and can be found in many of the Georgian restaurants. Commonly referred to as a “cheese boat” because of its shape, it is especially mouth-watering due to the crusty edges and extra cheese. Anyone who has tried this dish even once falls in love with it. So, Be sure to get a taste of the real Georgian “Cheese boat”.
9. Nigvziani Badrijani (Eggplants With Walnuts)
Nigvziani badrijani is one of the favourite dishes of Georgians. It is a fried eggplant that is stuffed with spiced walnuts and a bit of garlic. This dish is often served with pomegranate seed on top that gives it even more appealing look. Nigvziani badrijani can be eaten either with bread or mchadi (traditional Georgian cornbread). This delicious vegan dish is a must of Georgian “supra”.
This dish is most popular amongst the people who love chicken. It is made from chicken livers topped with pomegranate seeds and walnuts. The mixture of crushed walnuts with herbs and seeds are one of the most popular toppings in Georgian cuisine. Kuchmachi can be found in traditional Georgian restaurants and is made with extra attention and love from the cook.
11. Lobio Kotanshi (Beans in Clay Pot)
Beans cooked in a traditional way and served in a clay pot are widespread around the country. This super delicious dish is made with traditional Georgian herbs, as well as, baked beans made traditionally. This dish is mainly eaten with mchadi (traditional Georgian cornbread) and pickled vegetables, which are very delicious and give a special taste to the beans. There is a special restaurant neat Tbilisi that serves the best beans in a pot and has even a name after it (Salobie).
Chakokhbili is a type of chicken soup. The stewed chicken and tomato, along with fresh herbs, create an unforgettable taste. This dish can be found in many Georgian restaurants, but most of the time, it is homemade. It is served hot and is mainly accompanied bu Georgian bread which is called “Tonis Puri”. This bread is baked in a special oven called “Tone”. The mix of these two creates a perfect Georgian meal.
As you might have guessed, the walnut sauce is wildly popular amongst Georgians. Traditional Georgian dish is made especially during the New Year holidays. Every family makes one and serves on their tables . Chicken or turkey is put in a walnut sauce and is typically served with “tonis puri” (the traditional bread made in a special oven). So, if you come to visit Georgia, especially in winter, you should definitely get a taste of satsivi, preferably of the one made at home.
Gebjalia is a dish, which originated from Samegrelo, a beautiful region of Georgia with many delicious dishes. This extra cheesy dish is made with peppermint, which gives it an unusual but very delightful taste. Amongst other megrelian dishes, gebjalia is one of the most popular and is served in many of the Georgian restaurants. But, if you want to get a real taste of this amazing dish, try a megrelian restaurant, they know better how to cook the best gebjalia.
This traditional Georgian soup is made without vegetables, which is quite unusual for Georgian cuisine. It is mainly a bland of eggs and broth. These eggs are blended in a bowl with flour and some vinegar or lemon juice. Chikhirtma is said to be the best cure for the hangover. So, when you visit Georgia and inevitably drink a lot of wine with Georgians, remember to head out to the nearest restaurant the next morning and order this delicious dish.
Svaneti, where kubdari is originally from, is the highest region of Georgia. Everything about this region is exceptional and so is the food. Kubdari has chopped meat, onions and special Georgian spices inside. The best places to taste it are, of course, the villages in Svaneti but, many traditional restaurants serve this dish and it is cooked preserving all of the old recipes.
Kupati is a spicy meat dish. It looks like a sausage but is made a bit differently and is cooked with peppers and onions. Kupati is especially liked by the people who are meat-lovers. This dish is popular not only in Georgia but also in the whole Caucasus region. If you have not tasted it yet, you should go to the nearest Georgian restaurant and try it!
18. Megruli Khachapuri
As you have probably already heard, khachapuri is one of the main dishes on Georgian “supra”. Megrelian khachapuri is extra cheesy. The dish is not only stuffed with it but also has the mixture of Georgian cheeses on top. You should definitely taste it if during your trip you and up in Samegrelo, the region of Georgia with the most delicious dishes ever. G
19. Guruli Gvezeli (Pie)
Like most other of the other Georgian dishes, this pie is also made from cheese. It is shaped like a waning crescent shape of the moon and is originally from Guria, one of the most beautiful regions. Guruli gvezeli is also a holiday pie and is made on Georgian Christmas (7th of January). So, get a taste of this delicious dish with cheese and eggs inside.
20. Churchkhela/ Pelamushi/ Gozinaki
Churchkhela and pelamushi are traditional Georgian sweets that are made from wine juice. Churchkhela is candle-shaped candy that mainly consists of wine juice and walnuts, but, it can also contain nuts and almonds. Pelamushi is made from flour and grape juice, typically has some walnuts on the top and both of these dishes are commonly made from the late autumn and are particularly popular during the Christmas holidays. Gozinaki is a bit different from these two and is served only during the New Year and Christmas holidays. This extremely delicious confection is made of caramelized nuts and walnuts fried in honey. So, after you try some of the most delicious Georgian dishes, be sure to get some Georgian sweets. They are very unique and tasty!