Out of all restaurants I’ve ever been to Poltava, Mimino remains unrivaled. My return visit this June was no less delightful than the previous one, a while ago.
Although not centrally-located and a bit tricky to find, it is worth specifically going for to try their delicious Georgian cuisine. If you are driving from Zhovtneva/Zinkovska Streets to Marshala Biryuzova Street, turn left BEFORE the bridge going up across the railways; the restaurant is located under/opposite the bridge. When you drive off the highway, you’ll see Mimino hotel complex that the restaurant is part of. Parking is outside, between the trees.
In summer, an open-air covered terrace is established; it was lovely to sit there even when it rained outside. The only problem is this terrace is a smoking area.
I don’t need many words to describe food. Everything was perfect.
Khachapuri (puffed bread filled with eggs and cheese) [USD4.25]; bozbashi-soup [USD2.5]; Mimino shashlyk [USD8.6] or mutton shashlyk [USD11.25], home-like fried potato with onion [USD2.5] and pickles [USD 1/100g] are just a few entries of those worth mentioning. And what a delicious cranberry and raspberry fruit-drink (mors) they serve here!
Georgian wine offered in Mimino is by Badagoni, recently admitted one of the best brands exported to Ukraine. But I tried better Pirosmani (semi-sec red); Badagoni makes it too sweet for my taste.
Service is not overly smiling, but reasonably attentive and fast. 10% service charge is added to the bill, but we were happy to tip on the top.
Mimino remains the best restaurant I tried in Poltava: excellent food, decent service and a great value. Shouldn’t be missed!
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