Pasanauri (named for a small town in the Dusheti region) serves up very authentic and delicious Georgian cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere. You are as likely to encounter it on a night with an all-Georgian clientele as you are to find it filled with tourists. Although it has been "discovered," it hasn't lost its quality.
The menu is available in English and you will not have too much trouble making yourself understood to the staff (their English is generally good to passable).
My favorite dishes are the garlic chicken (shkmeruli) and the eggplant with walnuts and pomegranate (badridzhani nigvsit, I think). However, I dined here several times in the 2 1/2 months I was in Tbilisi, and tried most of the dishes--and they are all tasty! Of course, if you haven't tried khinkali (dumplings), they are excellent here. Georgians order them in bulk, so it's considered odd to just order 1 or 2.
Portions are generous here, as well. The prices are not inflated, considering how close this restaurant is to the central part of Tbilisi and many hotels and tourist attractions.
Pro tip: The restaurant can become *very* smoky, especially later in the evenings. If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, go in the early evening.
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