Imagine that you were invited to the house of a Georgian family in the 60’s. That’s exactly the feeling I had the first time I visited Little Georgia Cafe, a charming cafe-style restaurant serving authentic home-cooked cuisine.
Located in a tranquil corner of Hackney, Little Georgia Cafe is often buzzing, due in part to its homely yet ambitious Georgian food and cozy atmosphere.
There are tables on the pavement for when the sun shines, and the tasteful, simple decor inside is perked up with quirky touches – vintage gramophones, industrial lighting and black and white portraits. One can even find images of the Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin who was born in Gori, a small town in eastern Georgia. The toilet is also richly decorated with newspaper, old photos and film posters.
Little Georgia Cafe serves a simple menu of Georgian classics which feel like the food is created according to recipes handed down from generation to generation from family to family. Flavours are reminiscent of days gone past with Russian, Turkish and Slavic influences. Georgian borscht, aubergine bake and Khachapuri (cheese bread) are few of the yummy starters. From the weekly changing specials board, the most successful dishes are Kharcho (beef stew with ground walnuts) and Tabaka (chicken with garlic sauce).
Little Georgia’s no-corkage BYO policy, reasonable price, homely atmosphere and tasty cuisine are serious draws. Just pop into if you are around East London.