I haven’t been in Georgia yet, but if Georgian dishes taste like those at Gaumarjos is the time to buy a ticket and get to know the country closer.
About Gaumarjos I heard for the first time in the program of Magda Gessler’s Kitchen Revolutions (it’s on Polish television TVN). I was impressed how the owners work and how are they behave (of course I remember that it was on TV so some things were shown and some not). Also, the revolution turned out to be a success, and restaurants (there are two) are close to my home – one at Al. KEN at Ursynów, the second one in Piaseczno, which is very close to Warsaw. There was nothing else to pack into the car and go to a meeting with new tastes.
But before we got to the restaurant, I made a reservation. And if I wouldn’t we could probably only to stay in the locker room hoping that maybe someone will not come. And it probably does not happen, because each table in the restaurant was occupied. And that was the first sign that the revolution was successful. Since the premier of the TV program to our appearance in the restaurant, it took a long time, so there were two options – either people postponed a visit at the time like we did, or it’s so good to be back here. We were very close to know the truth.
For starters, we ordered soup – Gupta and Kharczo. Gupta (15 zł – less than 4 EUR) it’s like meatballs in tomato sauce with fresh coriander and Georgian spices. Kharcho (16 zł – 4 EUR) is a thick soup of beef with rice, tomatoes, and Georgian spices. After a while, we had no doubt that delights over the restaurant were justified. OK, I was not in Georgia, so I have no comparison, but it does not matter. These soups were excellent!
Then, we took a starter (yes, in that order) and our choice felt on Chaczapuri (17 zł little over 4 EUR) – the round cake of dough stuffed with a blend of cheeses. Well, it was the great decision that we took one cake for two because after eating the whole nothing more I would not be able to eat. And still, we were waiting for the main course! Chaczapuri it’s worth a try because it is much more than an appetizer. The cake is baked in an oven which will give it a particular character. The exteriors are fragile, in the middle of melted cheese. The whole – phenomenal.
Let’s leave for a moment dishes and focus on beverages. The selection in the card is not big (in general, the menu is relatively simple and excellent!), but what is in the card is more than enough. It’s worth to try Georgian tea served in a jug (10 zł – 2.5 EUR) (sufficient for two people), Georgian wines (from 10 to 16 zł per glass – 2.5 – 4 EUR) or the Georgian beer (12 zł – 3 EUR), but for me the best choice was Georgian water Borjomi (10 zł – 2.5 EUR) – salty as hell, but perfectly suited to the dishes and perfectly emphasizes the taste.
And finally, time for the main course – my wife took Khinkali (20 zł – 5 EUR), I chose Czaszuszuli (32 zł – 8 EUR). Khinkali is something you can’t go wrong with anything else – specific dumplings filled with minced meat and broth. You get 4. And the only sensible way to eat this dish is as follows – grabs the protruding part, turn around and bite carefully not to spill the broth. Mastering this technique is not difficult, and the prize is worth training – taste cakes, broth, and minced meat at once – perfect.
Czaszuszuli – the other dish – it’s pieces of pork stewed in tomato sauce with color peppers, Georgian spices, and mandatory coriander, which perfectly emphasizes the taste of dishes and put a dot over the i.
After eating the main course, I was sure I would not be able to move – these dishes are really very filling. Finally, I was able to get anyway, but I admit quite frankly that I did not want to leave. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very kind and friendly.
We felt in love with Gaumarjos so much that we went back two more times, with two visits to Al. KEN and finally we decided to see how it is in Piaseczno. It was as great as at the first restaurant. Certainly, it wasn’t last time at Gaumarjos; there’s something left on the card to try. Though even when we come to the end of the menu is always worth to return only for Khinkali and Chaczapuri.
And if you ever visit Warsaw, don;t forget to visit Guamarjos too.