I do not generally offer restaurant reviews on Live and Let’s Fly, but do want to highlight a wonderful Georgian restaurant I had dinner at in Warsaw, Poland called Rusiko.
Rusiko – Great Georgian Food In The Heart of Warsaw
Rusiko is one of those gems you find and will always return to. It’s authentic, reasonably-priced, and most importantly very delicious. My friend I was traveling with had been there before and has a fondness for Georgian cuisine. The restaurant was conveniently located just a few blocks from the Sheraton Grand Warsaw in the center of the city.
Our entire (rather extravagant) dinner was 295PLZ, about $64. That included a bottle of Georgian white wine and a bottle of Georgian water…it was an all-Georgian meal.
We ordered a lovely Khachapuri (a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread) and feta salad for the table.
My friend is vegetarian, but I tired the Bekeka (Lamb shashlik) and some quail along with some lobio (Georgian bean stew).
There was even Natakhtari, which is a bright green Georgian carbonated soft drink that is flavored with tarragon. Not my cup of tea, but my friend swears by it.
Again, I’m not a food critic but this was simply a delightful meal with delightful service…I look forward to returning and will even be seeking out Georgian restaurants in Los Angeles.
Where is your favorite restaurant in Warsaw?
This part of my Poland trip report.
Poland and Georgia seem to have a lot of cultural overlap. Sort of a mutual affection, like Thailand and Japan. This restaurant looks like a good choice.
I would recommend Mokotowska 69 (used to be known as Adler). It’s just a block or two away from Rusiko. I also LOVED the Blue Cactus as a kid, too. I wonder how it’s holdin’ up. It’s more “Southwestern” than Mexican, but would have helped you in your mission to try Mexican food everywhere.
Matthew, how well will English serve you in restaurants in Poland? Particularly for smaller places that may not have multilingual menus?
It won’t help much. Best to have Google translate ready on the phone.
Looks like the USD cost of this meal was based on the current exchange rate – 1 USD = 4.60 PLN. Back on 10/15/21 the rate was much lower at 3.95 so the meal actually cost around $74.68. It should also be noted that to get the best exchange rate, one should always check with the local Kantor. Of course that doesn’t apply when paying with credit cards, only when needing cash.
“check with the local Kantor”
What is that?
Kantors are the currency exchange service in Poland. You can find them in airports, hotels and on the main street. The local ones provide the best exchange rate. They typically post the their current rate(s) in the window so you are free to shop around. Also asking for a better rate if you have a large amount of money to exchange is totally acceptable.
I’ve had great Georgian food in ATL.
Of course no better place to try Georgian cuisine than Tbilisi.Five years ago I did just that and don’t think I ever spent more than $10 for some of the most incredibly delicious food and drink.You must try the”chacha” a special Georgian brandy.I dream of it.
I used to live in Warsaw, and worked in the area where this Georgian restaurant was. One of my to gos was a small Polish restaurant called “Przegryz” on Mokotowska. Also loved “Stary Dom” in the Mokotów neighborhood for old school, traditional Polish food.