Guide-U Presents: Tatiana Remneva about Varazi Beer House
Couple of years ago a new restaurant was built on the cobblestone Varaziskhevi ascent connecting the bottleneck of Heroes square with the crossroad of Vera and Vake. Not the very obvious place for some eating installment to say the least. When I finally went there to have some lunch I was surprised to find this place quite busy. The Varazi Beer House is this is the name of the place was an interesting discovery for someone who passed it maybe a thousand time on the way home.
First, the interior. It’s actually very good! I loved the graffiti wall and the combination of concrete and light wooden tables. The space is thought through in term of the natural light that really makes this place very comfortable to be in. Inside you can hardly imagine that the building is located on one of the busiest streets in the city.
Then the menu. You end up with huge book where you find an almost weird combination of Georgian, German (it’s the beer place, first of all), and Italian or Mediterranean food. It’s a big question how all this things can combine together in one place. But it might be good to accomodate different tastes. We opted for a mix of Georgian and European dishes ordering a traditional Georgian tomato-cucumber salad with walnut dressing, grilled lamb and Cordon Bleu. And of course some beers which was the Paulaner.
The food. Everything that we ordered was actually really good! The grilled lamb impressed me especially. It is very hard to find in Tbilisi a decent lamb especially cooked in the ribs. The meat was tender and tasty, cooked just the right way, not dried or undercooked. Promised potatoes turned out to be grilled vegetables that was perfect garnish for the meat. In combination with nice salad with great dressing it was just the thing I love – a lot of vegetables and good meet.
The Paulaner beer was nothing special I would say, but I can’t name myself a big beer expert. It was cold and refreshing enough for a hot day. The place has a good selection of beers but I don’t think I noticed any trendy craft ones. However it is a true beer house as the place even has the storage boxes for personal beer mugs for club members.
The service was not bad but not perfect as well. The waitress made a mistake describing the dish I was ordering. However, she was quick, didn’t disappear for extended periods of time and was in general very helpful. She spoke Russian and some English – not the thing you expect in a place far from touristic routes.
Varazi beer house is definitely a place for local residents living in Vake and surrounding area. So going there be ready to see some companies of guys drinking a lot of beer and mixing it with vodka that can lead to some unexpected situations. it seems that with this diverse menu and cool interior the restaurant tries to satisfy a wide range of audience, including families and young girls. Still the locations is very questionable and even after visiting it and discovering that the food is very good I don’t think I will become a regular as the walk there along the dusty and polluted street doesn’t seem very attractive to me. However, if you drive and can park just in front of it it might be a great option if you have a big company and you don’t really know what you want: Georgian or European food.