New Fine Dining Spots in Kyiv: December 2018 Review

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This December in Kyiv: Cuban cocktails and Latin American cuisine, tapas, steaks and a very special bar for those who appreciate music.

EscoBar

Dancing in EscoBarThe new EscoBar opened instead of La Bodeguita Del Medio on Yaroslaviv Val has nothing to do with Pablo Escobar despite what it might initially seem. As the bar's sign hints, "esco" is short from "escondido", which means hidden. EscoBar's menu introduces all kinds of underrepresented in Kyiv Latin American culinary classics: Ceviche de mariscos (lime-marinated Nile perch fillet), Paella de mariscos (arborio, tiger & cocktail prawns, mussels, tomatoes, garlic, onion, sweet peppers, saffron, cream), two types of burritos, tacos, quesadilla and nachos.

The bar specializes in rum and various Cuban specials. So the cocktail list is divided into Cuban cocktails like various types of Mojito, Daiquiri and Margarita, rum cocktails like Mai Tai and Cuba Libre, classics like Negroni and hot cocktails for winter like Cuban coffee with Capitan Morgan Spiced Black.

Address: 21/20, Yaroslaviv Val

Vino Tapas

Spanish TapasAs the name suggests, the new spot located near the Universytet metro station specializes in tapas - a classical appetizer popular in Spanish cuisine. The restaurant offers 7 types of tapas, for instance, prosciutto & Philadelphia cheese, shrimp & avocado, and cheese tapas with Brie, apricot jam and rucola.

Other options on the menu include appetizers like nachos, soups like Spanish tomato soup with smoked sausages, salads like Caesar with tiger shrimp, cherry tomatoes and quail egg served in an edible parmesan basket, and main dishes like sea bass filet served with nut puree and vegetable salsa with truffle oil. The alcohol list offers a wide selection of sparkling wines and strong liquors to suit the dishes.

Address: 6A, Leontovycha Street

1900 Coffee Reitarska

Coffee and macarons1900 Coffee is the second point of the coffee shop chain that now resides on Reitarska Street not far from Zoloti Vorota. The cafe introduces Kyiv dwellers to the peculiarities of coffee culture and embraces everything from classics like espresso and cappuccino to alternative brew like pour over.

The cafe also has a special Bulletproof Coffee created by the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey. The coffee is served with unsalted butter and coconut oil that is said to be beneficial for those who want to stay awake longer. As for the food, 1900 Coffee offers around-the-globe classics: Portuguese Pasteis de Nata, French macarons and Belgian waffles. Chicken and salmon sandwiches are also available here.

Address: 26, Reitarska Street

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Frankie Capital Cafe

Frankie Capital Cafe in KyivFrankie Capital Cafe is located right near the National Art Museum of Ukraine, minutes away from the Maidan Nezalezhnosti station. The new venue takes its name from Benjamin Franklin, who is also depicted on the cafe's logo. The owners introduced a popular American tradition of Сhef’s Table – a special seat right in front of the kitchen, where you can enjoy the view of the chef's work.

The menu offers various dishes of international cuisine: for instance, veal tongue with quinoa and cheese sauce or Norwegian herring served with roast potatoes and vegetable salsa. Frankie Capital Cafe also serves full lunches from noon to 2 P.M. The lunch consists of a salad, starter, main dish and hot cocoa. For instance, you can order a green salad with pesto, cheese soup and chicken burger with French fries. Breakfasts are available here as well, served from 8 A.M. to noon. The cafe is IQOS Friendly.

Address: 25, Muzeinyi Lane

Gram

Gram bar in KyivGram is the first audiophile bar in Ukraine, as stated on the venue's Facebook page. This format is quite new for Europe and was originally brought from Japan, where enjoying music with high-quality equipment is nothing unusual. Gram is focused on vinyl and even has a schedule: Tuesday is for favorite recordings of well-known Kyiv music lovers, Wednesday is for classical albums of popular music, Thursday is for rare picks from Vinyl Grooves, and Friday is dedicated to Ukrainian vinyl.

The bar has a broad collection of strong liquors: more than 10 types of whiskey, as well as rum, gin and tequila. The alcohol list also includes various kinds of wines from Italy, Chile, Portugal and Argentina, bottled and draught beer like Scottish Ale, and Prosecco. The food menu created for the bar's test mode period is quite short - so far, visitors are offered beef tartare, hummus, spring roll sets and salads among other things.

Address: 21, Sichovykh Striltsiv Street

Sam's Steak House Prime

Sam's Steak House Prime in Kyiv"Prime - because special," - states Sam's Steak House Facebook page. The new meat restaurant opened near Lvivska Square on Bulvarno-Kudriavska Street. Fans of steak and meat dishes might know the original restaurant on Zhylianska Street. The lofty-style food spot offers Ukrainian Special Beef steaks, American Creekstone, as well as a wine list with the focus on red wines to suit the meat dishes the best. In fact, the menu features more than 20 types of steaks. Besides, guests can indulge in tartare, ribs, burgers, salads, and soups.

Address: 3, Bulvarno-Kudriavska Street

Urban Space 500

Urban Space 500 restaurant in KyivUrban Space 500 is a new public restaurant located not far from Maidan Nezalezhnosti. It will open its doors on December 18. According to the owners, from the very beginning, Urban Space 500 was created as a social enterprise - each of its 500 investors joined the project to assist in solving the social problems of the city. 80% of the profit will be directed to various city development projects from educational and cultural to charity.

The restaurant will function as a free space for press-conferences, presentations, lectures or workshops aimed at making Kyiv a better place. The big hall will have a big city vibe with an open kitchen, bar, take-away fridges and a small bookshop. All furniture in Urban Space 500 is eco-friendly. The menu will appear on the restaurant's Facebook page soon.

Address: 9, Borysa Hrinchenka Street

Photo sources: Facebook pages of businesses mentioned above, unsplash.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.

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