SALT Restaurant Awards was founded by Hoteliero and Restaurateurs Club in 2013. The event is often considered the highlight of the year by members of the professional culinary community in Ukraine. The nominated restaurants are selected by professional experts and reviewed by an independent international jury board. The award for winners, SALT frying pan, is a symbol of the quality of Ukrainian restaurants.
The best meat restaurant - Goodman (Kyiv)
Goodman restaurant in Kyiv is located in Eurasia Business Center in the city center. The spot offers a large variety of meat dishes including a separate steak list with T-Bone, New York and Cowboy steaks among others. The restaurant's sommelier can assist with the choice of wine.
Address: Eurasia Business Center (75, Zhylianska Street)
The best fish restaurant - Catch Seafood Restaurant (Kyiv)
Catch is a member of La Famiglia restaurant chain. It offers the widest in Kyiv variety of seafood and more than two hundred white wines that suit the dishes with fish, mussels, lobsters and much more. Catch restaurant has also been awarded Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
Address: 12, Volodymyrska Street
Restaurant with the best wine list - Bernardazzi restaurant (Odesa)
Bernardazzi restaurant is the only venue from Odesa on this year's list. It is located on the ground floor of Odesa Philharmonic Hall and it boasts both an Italian vibe in the ambiance and menu. Bernardazzi has also been awarded five Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator throughout its existence.
Address: 15, Bunina Street
Discovery of the Year - Mimosa Brooklyn Pizza (Kyiv)
In 2018, Mimosa Brooklyn Pizza became one of the most-visited food spots located in the heart of Kyiv on Baseina Street. It is known for serving Brooklyn-style pizza made in a wood oven. Cozy and homey interior, as well as a diverse cocktail list, lure visitors in as well.
Address: 1/2, Baseina Street
The best pastry shop - HONEY. Cafe-confectionery (Kyiv)
Honey is one of the most famous Kyiv confectioneries that specialize in French recipes. Macarons with various fillings, éclairs, mousses and hand-made chocolate are especially popular here. Besides, Honey is also known for hearty breakfasts.
Address: 19/21, Nyzhniy Val Street; 2, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street; 20, Yaroslaviv Val Street
The best restaurant in a hotel - VOGUE Café (Kyiv)
Vogue Café is located in Fairmont Grand Hotel that overlooks the Dnipro river. The restaurant is known for sleek interior design, delicious cocktails and light cuisine. VOGUE Café often gathers the chic crowd of Kyiv for various parties.
Address: 1, Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska street
The best city cafe - The Life of Wonderful People / ЖЗЛ (Kyiv)
The Life of Wonderful People is focused on the idea of coziness and family: the cafe is always filled with people and a delicate aroma of baked goods and coffee. The menu offers international dishes starting from Tom yum and ravioli to burgers and hummus.
Address: 36, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
The best coffee shop - ONE LOVE coffee (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kyiv)
ONE LOVE Espresso Bar near the Olympiiska metro station regularly pops up on Instagram due to its marvelous view of St. Nicholas Cathedral. As the name suggests, the place specializes in coffee beverages from basics like cappuccino to alternative brewing like pour over.
Address: 100, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
The best bar - Parovoz Speak Easy (Kyiv)
The secret speakeasy bar is barely secret nowadays - Parovoz located in the basement of the Kyiv cinema is well-known to many locals and even tourists. People come here for signature cocktails and friendly atmosphere, as well as unique retro interior design.
Address: 19, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
The best country restaurant - TERRACE (Lviv)
Terrace restaurant is a part of Edem Resort Medical & SPA located an hour away from Lviv. The restaurant is designed specifically for those who'd like to escape the city noise and enjoy the wonders of the country - nature, fresh products and dishes made from seasonal ingredients.
Address: Edem Resort Medical & SPA, Strilky village, Peremyshl region, Lviv Oblast
The best beer restaurant - Solomianska Brewery (Kyiv)
Solomianska Brewery has two restaurants in Kyiv that offer numerous beer types from Blonde Ale and Pilsner to Imperial Stout. All beer is brewed right in the restaurant's mini-brewery according to the classic recipes. Solomianska Brewery also regularly hosts live music events.
Address: 2B, Solomianska Square; 28A, Andriivskyi Descent
The best restaurant of Ukrainian cuisine - KHUTORETS on Dnipro (Kyiv)
The two-story restaurant located on the Dnipro River presents the entire culinary map of Ukraine. Chefs offer dishes of every region from Odesa seafood and Carpathian bograch to the Hutsul banosh and Lviv syrnyky. The alcohol list includes a selection of horilkas and traditional Ukrainian homemade liquors nalyvkas.
Address: 10A, Naberezhno-Khreshachatytska Street
The best restaurant of national cuisine - Chang (Kyiv)
Chang restaurant located on Yaroslaviv Val specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. The menu includes traditional Vietnamese pho soups with chicken, veal or mushroom and tofu, spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches. The restaurant's cocktail list is often praised by the visitors.
Address: 23A, Yaroslaviv Val Street
The best pub - Kedy Iskusstvoveda (Dnipro)
Kedy Iskusstvoveda is the only venue from Dnipro on 2018 SALT Awards winners list. The pub is known for a hearty atmosphere, a broad range of whiskey and brunches that are best served with beer. The menu includes various dishes from around the globe like Bahn mi sandwiches, smørrebrød, and BBQ ribs.
Address: 4A, Mykhailo Hrushevskoho Street
The best cafe-bakery - Bakehouse (Kyiv)
Bakehouse located in the Good Wine store is a certified organic Ukrainian bakery. The products used for various kinds of bread and baked goods are supplied by local farmers, as well as are imported from France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Bakehouse offers to try fresh bread, pastries, cakes and pies with various fillings.
Address: 9, Mechnykova Street
The best street-food - Furgoneta (Kyiv)
One of the pioneering Kyiv street-foods, Furgoneta offers a broad choice of burgers and Wok noodles. The menu is filled with classics like rice noodles with chicken and rice with vegetables, as well as burgers with unusual flavors like beef and bûche de chèvre.
Address: 51/9, Antonovycha Street; 13, Baseina Street
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