As usual, Kyiv spring is the time of foodie revival: multiple food festivals like Ulichnaya Eda or Kyiv Food and Wine Festival lure in hundreds of locals. Sure enough, the fine dining spots keep up with the latest trends: this month we greet new spots with the Israeli, Indian, and Georgian cuisine, street food, and coffee.
Awesome news for lovers of Indian cuisine — starting May 12 Kyiv will have one more spot to enjoy curry. The new café is co-founded by the owner of Himalaya restaurant located on Olympiiska metro station. However, Balu has a different concept — short menu list to introduce people to Indian cuisine, minimalistic design, and average prices. The menu here is based on classics: chicken curry and Paneer cheese. The latter is a quite popular ingredient, which can be also found in salads.
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Alcohol cocktails here are an Indian spin on the classics: spices and fruits are added to the well-known recipes. By the way, the traditional amount of spices is reduced in Balu so that visitors can enjoy the dishes without initial shock.
Address: 27, Velyka Zhytomyrska Street
Do Be Do
Let’s move away from the downtown for a bit. The new street food spot Do Be Do located right near the Akademmistechko metro station offers 4 types of hot dogs: Classic, Nobel with coleslaw salad, tomatoes, spicy pickled peppers and Sazebeli sauce, Oscar with bacon and crispy onion, pickled cucumber, salad with spicy raisins, and Bella with Italian spices and cheese. Fries with a preferred sauce are offered as a side dish. Any position on the menu can be ordered to-go.
Address: 23A, Akademika Palladina Avenue
The second spot of this Georgian cuisine chain has opened not far from Olimpiiska metro station. The title refers to a fermented milk product of Caucasian cuisine that is said to have therapeutic qualities. The restaurant has a cheese dairy where skillful masters make real Georgian cheese — Suluguni, Nadugi, and Imereti — from fresh farm milk.
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Apart from cheese, the restaurant has a broad range of classic Georgian cuisine dishes: Khinkali dumplings, Khachapuri with potatoes, cheese and egg, as well as a popular summer dish — lamb Shashlik. Sure enough, it’s hard to omit Georgian wines: more than 20 types of them are available in Matsoni, including red and white homemade wines.
Address: 114, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
Botanic Coffee & Cocktail Bar
Another fine dining spot on Velyka Vasylkivska Street was opened late April and became a quite popular location among those who seek for new flavors in the world of cocktails. All classical options cost UAH 150 here and are simply joined in one “any classics” line on the menu, whereas place’s specials are in the limelight. Liquors and cordials used for the drinks are homemade by the bar’s owners. For instance, a Botanic cocktail is made of Chartreuse, lavender shrub, coriander cordial, gin, and scotch Laphroaig. Besides, Botanic Coffee & Cocktail Bar offers lunch options like sandwiches, cream soup, and homemade hummus, and breakfast section available the whole day.
Address: 106, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
Way back in cold February, Kyiv community was spiced up by the news of an upcoming opening of the sex museum. The founders of the project claimed that while researching the same theme in similar places abroad, they were bothered by the overflow of entertaining and even vulgar undertones. Sex.Ed.Museum will stand out and carry an educational purpose.
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Up to date, Sex.Ed.Coffee cafe is already working on the museum's territory. Intricate titles in the menu like Prelude, Oral Pleasure, Sweet Debauchery hide the familiar coffee and tea blends: cappuccino, latte, dopio, and coffee with whipped cream. As for the desserts, sweet brownies, pies, and French macarons are the most popular picks.
Address: 25, Khoryva Street
Маца и Пламя / Matza and Fire
The first Greek-Semitic cuisine restaurant has recently opened in the center of Kyiv. The menu is an intricate fusion of two cuisines from the Hellenic Israel period. Here visitors can try vegetarian or seafood options of Meze — a set of small dishes usually served with alcoholic drinks.
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For sure, seafood is paid special attention here: for instance, new offers include a lobster baked in Josper with creamy garlic sauce and greens. Weekends at Matza and Fire are celebrated with live music from the best local DJs.
Address: 67, Honchara Street
BUCK Coffee Roasters
Those who appreciate coffee culture might be interested in the new spot opened by the organizers of BUCK Coffee Roasters Festival in Kyiv. Conveniently located on Podil, BUCK is a traditional coffee shop that has strict classics for the die-hard fans and new trends for those who like to experiment.
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To name but a few, lavender latte and salted caramel latte are the popular picks here. Besides, BUCK has a classical dessert to accompany coffee — French macarons with mint, mango, salted caramel and other unusual flavors.
Address: 20/14, Kostiantynivska Street
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