Varenichnaya № 1 Restaurant28, Esplanadna Street, Kiev 01023, Ukraine
Tel: +380 44 287 1539
If you want to know everything about Ukrainian cuisine you should read Gogol and visit Varenichnaya № 1.
All dishes described skillfully by the world classic are cooked here with great love to Ukraine, its foodstuff and its guests.
Ukrainian cuisine is generous, aromatic and vivid. According to the degree of recognition of national dishes it isn’t worse than Italian or French cuisines. Ask anyone who goes to Ukraine what he wants to taste and you will hear: “Borsch, salo, varenyky”.
But having opened the menu one understands that he must choose among 4 variants of borsch, salo can at once become the favorite dish, and he must be like the most Gogol’s hero, pan Patzyuk to try all 21 kinds of varenyky.
But the whole depth of knowledge about Ukrainian cuisine that cooks want to share with you can’t be reduced to varenyky and borsch. Having studied the tastes of the guests, everybody here is ready to fulfill any task or whim.
Following the orthodox tradition of fasting the wide vegetarian menu that now includes dishes of organic products is always ready.
Seasonality of the menu is one of the distinctive features of Varenichnaya. That’s why here everything appears in time and of the best quality: young fried zucchini, chanterelles with potatoes, fresh raspberry and watermelon squeezed juice.
Meat roasted on the open fire that is traditional to Ukrainian cuisine is the real luxury for the historical center, because you can’t make fire here.
But order mutton or steak in Varenichnaya and you will get the real splendid piece of meat with crust and juicy flesh with smoke flavor made on Josper firewood grill that is known as the best producer of such an equipment in the world.
The interior of Verenichnaya deserves special attention. That is not already a country house with an oven and a spinning wheel; that is a city house of a prosperous Ukrainian. Bourgeois chic used humorously in the details of interior—lace curtains, display of porcelain, bottomless well with snacks—creates the atmosphere of genuine comfort. You want to stay forever among all these sideboards and tables overladen with food.