Don’t let the name fool you, it’s actually a Chinese restaurant…
After a rather humiliating yogurt explosion which left me smelly and feeling sorry for myself, we decided to head to Picasso – a well-recommended Chinese restaurant in central Tbilisi – for what we anticipated to be satisfying and good value meal after the bar was raised at a Thai restaurant we found nearby.
The menu was huge and full of all kinds of meat, including frog. The chef was Chinese too so we were pretty excited, even though we opted for only veggie dishes.
The glass noodles arrived first which I was the most excited for after how good they were at another Chinese restaurant we had visited a few months back. However they were so garlicky we could barely eat them. This is from Shota too who enjoys eating cloves of garlic dipped in salt, so you can imagine how strong they were, I’m sure.
They were also cold, which I was surprised by at first but liked since they were more salady and better with the cucumber.
Next up was a sort-of veggie stir fry. You can’t really go wrong with stir fry can you? This was exactly as anticipated although I was disappointed by the portion size since the waiter told us that it’d be more than enough for two people. Either we’re both pigs or he was exaggerating. This was probably the tasiest dish of the bunch and, to be honest, it was mediocre at best.
I could live off spring rolls but these were just depressing. The filo pastry was soggy and the filling was bland. The presentation was the best part of the experience…
We decided to avoid dessert, not emotionally-stable enough to deal with more disappointment that evening. There will be another post to follow later this week of where we went after, which was much more uplifting.
I’m a little confused why there has been so much hype amongst the expat community in Tbilisi over this restaurant. The decor was nice and the waiters were friendly enough, but the food was just awful. Definitely won’t be going there again in a rush. I’ll give this a generous 4/10.