Exotic cuisine

The Ridge Restaurant serves the distinctive delicacies of Georgia

Written by Anna Spivak and Helen Klein

In the meantime, the comforting, quirky meals at considered one of Bay Ridge’s latest eating places, Georgian Dream, serves up the comparatively unknown delicacies of a faraway land proper right here on Third Avenue.

With similarities to each Center Japanese and European meals, though totally different from each, the delicacies served at 2-month-old Georgian Dream makes a culinary assertion of its personal – and it is scrumptious!

From appetizers to dessert, we have been enchanted by what was introduced to us, and immersed ourselves within the array of meals with enthusiasm.

We began with a number of chilly vegetable dishes within the restaurant, lots of which get their particular style from the addition of nuts. This included the Pkhali, a finely chopped spinach and walnut salad ($16), which was intensely inexperienced and brightly flavored as well, in addition to rolled slices of grilled eggplant filled with a mix that additionally consists of chopped walnuts ($10), and a creamy mash of inexperienced beans with eggs ( $12) with contemporary parsley.

We additionally loved the Khachapuri Acharuli ($15), a freshly baked “bread boat” stuffed with melted cheese, butter, and egg yolk, which co-owner Pesek Petrishvili masterfully assembled right into a scrumptious fondue-like combination oozing and scrumptious in entrance of us, ordering us to dip the bread within the cheese and eat it. And the meals we did, as the mixture was very onerous to withstand.

Steamed dumplings stuffed with spiced meat (khinkali, $12 for six) regarded like pouches and have been paying homage to dim sum, though the flavour was fairly totally different. Our essential course, Rooster Shish Kebab ($10), was additionally acquainted however totally different – served sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and a tart pomegranate sauce.

Georgian bread ($3) was one of many stars of the desk. Crispy on the surface, dense and pressed on the within, it is baked every day by Petriashvili, though three Georgian cooks hailing from the nation’s capital Tbilisi are answerable for the remainder of the delicacies.

Petriashvili – who got here to the US 13 years in the past – is just not new to the restaurant enterprise; Whereas he and his companion Valerian Gatcheva met as a result of they have been within the Georgia police drive, he stated his father owned a restaurant in Tbilisi that he labored in.

He stated the companions “know we need to open solely on Bay Ridge and solely on Third Avenue.” The duo looked for 4 months to seek out the precise area of interest; Once they discovered it, they needed to make it look as genuine as potential.

“That is our dedication, our work,” he stated. “I really feel at dwelling and look [somewhat] Like outdated Tbilisi.

“Everybody tells me how genuine it’s and that is all I actually need,” he added.

Georgia dream
8309 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-333-5363
Tuesday – Sunday: from 10 am to 10 pm

Free supply by neighborhood