Georgian cuisine is heavily influenced by Middle Eastern and European flavours. In Tbilisi, the emphasis is firmly on traditional restaurants offering local specialities. Try khinkali (Georgian meat-and-vegetable dumplings), khachapuri (bread filled with cheese) and badrijani nigvzit (aubergine, cooked in garlic and walnut paste).
For those who fancy international dishes, you can choose from American, Italian, French, Chinese or a host of others on offer at the city’s restaurants. But it is Tbilisi's traditional taverns and subterranean eateries that offer the most authentic Georgian experience. Don't miss out on the opportunity to sample Georgian desserts, particularly churchxela, made with walnuts and grape juice.