Dukani Mukhambazi

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6 Leselidze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Dukani Mukhambazi Tbilisi Reviews

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Good value Georgian dishes in a cellar restaurant Mar 09, 2017
We ate at Dukani Mukhambazi one evening during our stay in Tbilisi in February 2013.

This subterranean restaurant is located on Leselidze Street, just a few minutes' walk from Tavisuplebis Moedani (Freedom Square).

The restaurant has a large, dimly-lit dining area with bare brick walls and dark wooden benches and tables. It had a similar atmosphere to many of the cellar restaurants that we've eaten at in eastern Europe.

The menu consists of an extensive choice of good value Georgian dishes; various khinkali dumplings, several types of khachapuri, salads, pickles, vegetables in sauces, lobio bean stew, lamb, veal, pork, ostri (meat in tomato sauce), mushrooms, cheeses and various breads.

We decided to share a selection of dishes:

Stewed Mushrooms - Cost: 4.00 GEL / £1.60

A bowl of stewed mushrooms mixed with coriander, garlic, herbs and spices. They were tastier than I expected them to be.

French Fries - Cost: 4.00 GEL / £1.60

A large plate of thin and fairly greasy French Fries. We ordered a couple of sauces to go with them; tomato and herb sauce and Tkemali- a sweet Georgian plum sauce. Each of the sauces cost 0.50 GEL (£0.20) per dish.

5 x Mushroom-filled Khinkali - Cost: 0.50 GEL / £0.20 each

There was a good choice of khinkali at Dukani Mukhambazi. As well as the meat and broth variety that we had already tried several times, there were khinkali filled with mushrooms, cheese and potato. They had to be ordered in a minimum quantity of 5 dumplings. The mushroom ones were delicious – they were filled with a similar mixture of mushrooms, coriander and herbs as the stewed mushroom dish we had.

Megrelian Khachapuri - Cost: 7.00 GEL / £2.80 each

As with the khinkali, there was a good choice of khachapuris on the menu here, including Imeretian, Lobiani (with bean paste) and Adjarian (same as Acharuli; topped with a runny egg and melted butter). We opted for the Megrelian variety, which was both filled and topped with melted cheese and was similar to a pizza. As ever, it was very filling and we had learnt by this point that khachapuris are for sharing and not to be tackled alone!

To drink, I had:

Georgian Herzog beer - Cost: 1.50 GEL / £0.60 for 500ml

Emma had:

Kazbegi and Natakhtari lemonades - Cost: 1.50 GEL / £0.60 per bottle

We had learnt by this stage that "lemonade" on a Georgian restaurant menu could mean any flavour of soft drink, and usually not lemon! On this occasion, the first bottle was pear flavoured and the second bottle was cream soda flavoured.

Although the food was nice, and very good value, the standard of service left a lot to be desired. Having given us the menus, nobody came to take our order for a long while. When Emma went to the bar to place our order, she found the young staff sitting around playing with their mobile phones. After nobody came to clear our plates or bring our bill, we got up and paid on the way out. As is pretty standard in Tbilisi's restaurants, a 10% service charge was automatically added to our bill. This was the only occasion where I didn't think it was particularly warranted, but we paid it nonetheless.

An extensive choice of good value Georgian dishes in a cellar restaurant near Freedom Square. Nice food, but service standards could certainly be improved.
Dukani Mukhambazi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Menu board at Dukani Mukhambazi, T…
Dukani Mukhambazi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Dukani Mukhambazi, Tbilisi, Georgia
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starship1 says:
Wow, unbelievably low prices in Tbilsi!
Posted on: Mar 15, 2017
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