Odesa, a beautiful seacoast city in the South of Ukraine, is famous for its special charisma and charm. Humorous people, cozy yards, fluffy cats, fresh smell of the Black Sea and authentic cuisine mostly based on seafood – this is just a small part of the components creating unique Odesa spirit. If you dream to feel the true character of Odesa, the best choice is, of course, to go there. However, you always have a chance to catch Odesa vibes even in Kyiv while paying a visit to some of Odesa-inspired dining spots in the capital.
Samogon Fish Bar
Samogon Fish Bar is an atmospheric restaurant located in the heart of Podil historical district on Dnipro River embankment. The restaurant impresses with its unique style of the XIX century mansions. The main concept of Samogon Fish Bar is Odesa-Jewish culture, and it is reflected in décor elements as well as in the menu. The restaurant offers plenty of dishes made of the freshest catch from the Black Sea: here guests are welcome to taste king mullet, turbot, the Black Sea sprat, horse mackerel, sea snails and mussels cooked in numerous ways. As for drinks, the bar offers around ten types of tasty handmade liquors and authentic strong drink called samogon. Samogon Fish Bar embraces two main halls, cozy chamber hall and “Odesa yard” summer terrace. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy performances of live bands and DJs. This is a good place for a meeting with few close friends as well as for a big celebration.
Address: 25, Naberezhno-Khreschatytska street
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When stepping inside Prichal 47 restaurant, you instantly feel Odesa atmosphere. The smiling sailors greet visitors at the entrance, and the interior design delights with numerous sea-related décor elements. In this restaurant, guests can listen to traditional funny Odesa songs while watching how ordered dishes are being cooked in a partly opened kitchen. A large stand with fresh catch from the Black Sea is installed right in the hall. Fresh seafood from Odesa is delivered here daily, so you can find scomber, mussels, crucian carp, horse mackerel, king mullet and pigfish in the menu. Apart from seafood, the restaurant provides wide choice of vegetarian and meat dishes with authentic flavor of Jewish cuisine. For example, you may choose Jerusalem hummus or the Black Sea sprat with potatoes. The drinks menu includes many delicious cocktails and liquors.
Address: 14, Sofiyivska street
Lubchyk is a new restaurant of well-known Dima Borisiv`s family, opened in the beautiful Vozdvizhenka district in autumn 2017. The interior of this place takes you to Odesa right away. The walls are decorated with bright bobbers, colorful fishes and tables with funny Odesa proverbs. Lubchyk consists of two floors: on the first one visitors will find a beer place, while the second floor offers a cozy family restaurant. The restaurant menu provides wide choice of Odesa and Besarabian cuisine dishes. For example, guests can try crayfishes boiled in beer, mussels in sauce, seafood saute with honey sauce and plenty of the Black Sea fish. The menu also includes lots of worthy drinks such as craft Ukrainian beers and handmade liquors.
Address: 10b, Vozdvyzhenska street
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Despite of this restaurant`s symbolic name, its concept has just a smooth flavor of true Odesa style. However, its design includes unusual elements such as 30 meters of ropes, a map of old Odesa and a big paddle. Yuri Priyemsky, one of the best chefs in Ukraine, is the head of Odessa restaurant kitchen. Each month he surprises guests with new signature dishes made of seasonal products. Many fish and meat dishes here are cooked in Big Green Egg ovens that allow to cook especially juicy pieces with appetizing smoke flavor. The restaurant also uses Sous Vide cooking technology – the products are cooked in a special oven in vacuum packs at 50–62 °C, which makes food amazingly delicious. Various cocktails from the world`s best bars, vegetable lemonades and other unique drinks perfectly match each ordered dish.
Address: 114, Velyka Vasylkivska street
Ryba v Ogne
The dining spots founded by the famous Odesa restauranteur Saveliy Libkin are traditionally considered as the golden fund of Ukrainian gastronomic scene. Ryba v Ogne (“Fish on Fire”) restaurant in Podil district of Kyiv, offering mix of Italian and Odesa cuisine, is not an exception. The interior instantly awes visitors with large amount of copper, wooden shovels and antique sculpture heads. The ice stand in the middle of the hall offers visitors to choose fish and seafood that will be cooked in a Neapolitan wood-fired oven. Here guests may taste such worthy delicacies as salad with tuna and avocado, the Black Sea mussels in tomato, wine or cream sauce, tagliolini with the Black Sea mussels and fish, and many other. All guests are welcome to choose one of the excellent wines from the restaurant`s cellars to add finishing touch to their perfect dinner.
Address: 23, Petra Sagaydachnogo street
Varadero restaurant in Kyiv is the younger brother of the similarly named restaurant in Odesa, which is considered as one of the best dining places of sunny South Ukrainian city. Of course, Kyiv version of Varadero also impresses guests with high quality service and great atmosphere. The design of the restaurant embodies combination of moderate luxury and homely coziness. Varadero embraces three floors, each of which surprises with individual look and unusual décor. However, all the halls have some common traits such as colonial style, soft comfortable sofas, light colors and many photos on the walls. The menu of Varadero offers delicious the Black Sea flatfish, oysters, vorschmack, juicy steaks and many other options for a good dinner. The list of drinks provides wide choice of excellent wines.
Address: 27a, Tarasa Shevchenka boulevard
A dinner in Odesa cuisine restaurants in Kyiv is the right choice for those who wish to experience a small journey to Odesa without leaving the capital.
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