2 Broadway Market
London E8 4PQ
Date of Last Visit: Friday, April 15
The Victims: Karen, Alex
The Damage: 25 GBP each
Karen had a long weekend for Patriots’ Day (Paul Revere’s kind, not W’s) so hopped a flight to London. In search of something a little different, and in line with Alex’s wandering (he just got back from Yemen), we headed off to Hackney for some Georgian food. This was my third trip to Little Georgia; you’d think that might mean "She must really like it," but I think what it really means is that I like Hackney! Particularly, I like the Belgian Bar up the road.
So–as with my prior trips to Little Georgia, we started out with some yummy warm bread with interesting Georgian cheese inside it. It was like a pita stuffed with cottage cheese, but it wasn’t really cottage cheese. Very good. Then we got the mixed mezze…beans and carrots and beets and cheese. Interesting as well. Not so interesting was the pepper stuffed with myterious substance.
Sadly, they had no Georgian wine left–they had had a big party of Georgians earlier in the week, and they drank all of it–so we went with the house wine which our server told us was better anyhow. (She has been my server before. This trip, she took more of an interest in us and gave lots of tips and suggestions, which was great. I’ve definitely had her ignore us during prior trips, and had in fact prepared myself to sit around waiting all night!)
Entree-wise, I went with the eggplant and it was delicious. I love eggplant. I did not pay attention to what Alex and Karen ordered, but Alex in particular cleared his plate. We went through a second bottle of wine which I regretted completely the next morning.
The bathrooms are spotless and seemingly freshly painted. The decor is very open and airy…lots of windows out onto the street. When we arrived, it was empty save for one large table. By the time we left around 9:45, people were loitering outside.
The Verdict: The food is good. It’s not the best I ever had, but there’s something about it…maybe because it’s "Georgian" and thus exotic and different. And the neighborhood–at least this little strip–is very cute, and The Dove down the road makes for a good stop before and/or after. So I’d suggest this as an "exploratory outing."