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Cafe Littera by Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze

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Café Littera introduces itself as “Exquisite European cuisine with a touch of Modern Georgian dishes.” Nested in the idyllic inner court of the Writers House in Sololaki district of Tbilisi, it welcomes guests for lunch and dinner. Reservations are highly recommended, as the dozen or so of tables are in high demand.

The Chef Tekuna Gacheladze is known in Georgia and beyond. I felt that her travels abroad inspired her to bring a lightness to the Georgian cuisine otherwise widely known for its generosity in taste and quantities.

We were warmly greeted and seated at our table in a matter of minutes. The tables are reasonably far from each other, current rules obliging. This gave us a sense of an almost private dinner.

The English menu is sufficiently clear, though if this is your first experience with this cuisine, the waiter will kindly explain what is a dolma or Pkhali. For entrée, the menu is generous with 6-7 dishes of dips, appetizers and salads. We went for a smoked eggplant Pkhali with pomegranate and Lavash, spinach dip, dolma with wild greens and yogurt foam and a strawberry and guda cheese salad. The portions are of reasonable size to our taste. I enjoyed the way flavours surprised me in the strawberry and guda salad with a splash of a lightly acid dressing on the roquettes it comes with.

From the main dishes, we tried the mixed mushrooms with artichokes and baked Seabass with lemon Safran sauce on wild greens. The mushrooms gave us a sense of travelling back to our grandmother’s kitchen and filled us with the warmth of a dish made with love. The seabass was good, though less exciting to our taste, perhaps because of the slight bitterness of the wild greens it comes with. We paired the food with a bottle of Tvishi Marani, upon the waiter’s recommendation, which proved a great choice for our mood that evening. We left the otherwise very appealing desserts for next time.

I warmly recommend the place for a moment of indulgence with your loved ones.

This is my first restaurant review based exclusively on our experience and perceptions.

You can see more pictures on Cafe Littera instagram account – these two will give you a flavour of the atmosphere:

Thank you Tbilisi

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For the sunshine which inspired us to work faster to go out and enjoy it

A new discovery – the Rooms Hotel in Vera neighborhood. The hotel gets my Client satisfaction award of the year on food, comfort, and genuine smiles of the personnel.

Finding the proper tune with new partners on an uneasy topic

Finding a dose of oxygen in Oxygen roof top bar at Radisson in great company.

For a heartwarming meeting with my dear Georgian friends at Lolita. Cool atmosphere. Very good food.

For the yellow belt for my kid on the occasion of her successfully passing the master’s test while mommy is in mission. Bakar, you made our day. Illimited gratitude.

Superb white roses in full bloom in November

Kudos to street artists with a clear message. Find it!

Thank you Tbilisi for

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the usual barbariski candies. Getting one became a sort of reward from dear Gia. I was almost preoccupied that i would not get one this time.
an in-depth discussion with his simple and uncorrupted mind, which adds even more to the understanding that people come from Earth and politicians come from another vereeeeeery distant planet. Regardless of the country, by me.

for challenging my confirmation biases on projects, reforms, stakeholders management and related. I now know even more that i know nothing. I think i might need a pair of alter socks 🙂 i know now where i can get them.

for newly acquired partners and a replanted desire for a mutually beneficial collaboration to last with them and dear long standing partners.

yet another first – my first toast at a Georgian dinner. I was assured i did not break any customs. It must have been the gorgeous wine and food at Citadel Narikala.

a dinner with eyes on a magnificent view of Tbilisi and back to a 4th century wall. That’s what i call a Back-up.

the best, as usual, hosts at MGK hotel, where i return with a feeling of a warm home.

a delayed flight – i’ll put it on the account of you not wanting me to go- which turned into unexpected time spent in Warsaw, my student time city. So, thank you! Also for a supply of Ptasie Mleczko by E.Wedel, which adds to the bag of Georgian goodies, that i bring home.

Thank you Tbilisi for

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a rejuvenating late night rain with proper thunder and lighting. I missed that Southern weather attitude,

something i did not miss, but i accept it: the earth tremor and the ‘ah-ha’ moment it brought,

the smile of the most beautiful lady baker as her gorgeous hands work the dough. She reminded me of my grandmother,

my perfect morning espresso at Entree served by the lovliest barista,

my first cigar. No need to worry. It was the traditional bakery with nuts,

my first peach this year,

eternal wisdom by modern days Gia, served with the traditional candy: “embrace the spoils of civilisation but do not forget your roots and why you are here, on earth”, 

the “meeting” with founding fathers, watchful over today’s parlamentarians presided over by a chairwomen. I can hear the founding mothers, who remained in the shadow back then, cheering up in the sky now (do not ask me how i know),

most devoted and hard-working projects partners, 

seeing my good colleague Nino back to work and recovering well,

stellar team members, who work hard and also know the value of fun at work,

the guard who kept my ipad, which i forgot by the window on the hall of the Parliament, 

teaching me what “არა” means. There were quite a number of “no” heard that day in the parliament,

the colors street flowers vendors bring,

an introduction to Georgian Zaza Svanidze shoes – amazing design combined with the quality feet deserve. Check his website or fbook page, 

lovely lunch at Amo Rame,

a history lecture by the most talkative taxi driver who used to work with Red Cross all over the world. The lecture was a “bonus” for having made him wait for me under a no-parking sign 🙂

kindest MGK hotel owners who made me feel at home, with traditional breakfast to my taste and a room with a view i’ll be looking for upon my return

and many more blessings, to be continued.

 

Thank you, Tbilisi, for

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Thank you, Tbilisi, for

Letting me experience the snowy you. You looked like a humble bride in a pristine white veal.

The driver who reminded me the taste of childhood – with a simple barbaris candy.

The authentic and nutritious food i continuosly enjoy. 

The smell of freshly baked bread accompanied by a large baker’s smile. Handsome baker 🙂

Not letting me sleep at night and still feel fresh and fit. I only disconnected twice in the two-day meetings :). 

Old and new friendships that warm my heart. 

Putting to test my negotiations and assertiveness skills. 

The most committed, grateful and driven partners.

And a stellar team and colleagues. 

Truly, Tbilisi, the city that loves you!

Thank you, Tbilisi and my wonderful Georgian hosts, for

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your youth elixir. I am 18 years younger. The secret? An inspired choice of the venue: the Tbilisi University,the most succesful international event i co-managed and co-organised so far

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an amazing professional pride projected by people I met and listened to,

the value of managing change by personal example,

getting tears in my eyes when listening to lawyers who still unfortunately indure basic rights violations,

an all inclusive hospitality, which created a wealth of experiences shared and renewed friendships,

taking me to your heart, the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta,

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a warm summer breeze. Finally,

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calling your wifi “Tbilisi Loves You”,

your terrific Georgian dances. By the way, worth including in a stress release first aid kit,

Organicharmonious (i may want to copyright the word) food&wine, which make opposition melt and builds friendship to last,

a river-view dinner by a host who spoiled our senses with food and toasts,reminding me of the the value of knowing how to work smart and party well, mutually complementary,


giving me a hint that i should perhaps start acting my age. But then, why bother?!

Thank you, Tbilisi!

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Thank you, Tbilisi!

Thank you, the city of warmth, for welcoming me with satin Sunny mornings;

for your silk evenings,

mesmerizing views from any of your hills,

for keeping your trees Autumn colours intact,

a street florist with violets to bring the Spring’s smell into my colleagues office, 

quite a variety of taxi drivers from a former music producer to a Georgian rap-listening-and-kicking-in-moves-while-driving, 

enforcing the adagio that “zebras belong in zoos” and mad-yet-somehow orderly traffic, 

making international hotels to embrace and promote local culture,

your cuisine and vegan sweets, mouth watering vegetables and khachapuri, 

a perfect Tvishi wine from Teliani Valley for a wedding anniversary,

the joy and pride in people’s eyes when they talk about what they do, 

making room for a 4th Century Church and a 21th century “palace” of the most important public servant of the country (nothing personal), 

for letting me discover you through the eyes and stories of one of my dearest friends, one of your most beautiful and talented daughters. Thank you, Dear & Dear Tbilisi!
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