Little Georgia in Hackney is one of my favourite places to go for a cheap, but delicious meal served in characterful surroundings. Tucked away down a nondescript little road near Haggerston Park, this tiny restaurant is a great place to suggest for brunch or supper with friends. Over the years, I’ve introduced several different friends to the delights of Little Georgia’s smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, mouth-watering mezze platter and zesty smoothies. The menu features traditional Georgian cuisine, that has an interesting mix of European and Asian influences, and typical dishes include Russian salad and warming bowls of borscht.
Only a few tables fit into the upstairs space, but fortunately there is another seating area downstairs, which is especially good if you have a bigger group. The restaurant has a BYOB policy, so it’s a fun place to come for a reasonably priced evening out.
We popped by Little Georgia after browsing Broadway Market on Saturday (it’s only about a 7 minute walk from the market) and enjoyed a thoroughly satisfying spread. I started things off with a berry juice:
Before digging into a mezze platter of salads (Russian, carrot and bean) bursting with flavour and the most delicious melted cheese stuffed bread.
I absolutely adore blinis so rarely deviate from ordering this as my main. Little Georgia’s ‘pancake blini,’ served with cream cheese, smoked salmon, salad and pickles is a mere £6, which is a great deal considering the generous portion size.
I love a place that doesn’t stint on the smoked salmon! We polished off every bite so sadly had no room for dessert (I don’t think I’ve ever had dessert here as I’ve always felt too full after those blinis, but I’m sure it would be delicious!).
Honestly, if you find yourself in the Hackney area, then I highly suggest dropping by Little Georgia for a bite to eat – you won’t regret it! Apparently there’s now a branch in Islington too, which is fully licensed so also serves Georgian wine (reportedly very good – I’m dying to try some!). I’ll be heading to North London asap!
Have you been to Little Georgia before, or are you tempted to try it now?