I have never felt so utterly let down by my stomach. A stomach usually of such impressive capacity was reduced to a pathetic crumb of a stomach last week at Little Georgia, a Georgian restaurant in Hackney. My friends were confused, astounded even, while I was ashamed and disappointed. It looked as though I didn’t enjoy the food, which was certainly not the case. Or, worse than that, it looked like I was on some tragic diet, pushing my food around my plate, and there’s nothing worse than being a bit of a fatty on a diet. No, I’d much rather people thought I was a bit of a fatty for good reason.
Nevertheless, this terrible episode of stomach failure did not taint Little Georgia for me. The restaurant itself is small, and located in a quiet part of Hackney. It’s cosy, yet basic, with a very welcoming air about it. The food’s good too; hearty and homely.
…it soon transpired that my stomach was not geared up for any more food.
We started with the meze selection which included a lentil concoction (I love lentils, so this was my favourite), as well as a sweet tangy beetroot salad, grilled aubergines and red peppers, a garlicky carrot salad and a spicy spinach dish. Alongside the meze we had the cheese bread, which was bloody wonderful. It was a bit like naan bread, but filled with mozzarella, which oozed all over the place.
Both my friends had the beef stew for their main courses, but since I was already feeling full (stupid stomach) I went for the sausage and bean hotpot on the assumption that it wouldn’t be quite as hefty as the beef stew. When it arrived, I started tucking in, and it soon transpired that my stomach was not geared up for any more food. The horror. Nevertheless, I did get to try it, as well as the beef stew and both dishes were lovely.
…absolutely everything was decorated with pomegranate seeds…
The beef stew was marginally better I’d say, and in normal circumstances I’d get food envy, but was so full up that I didn’t have to struggle with that scenario. The sausage and bean hotpot was tasty and full of beans, and had a home cooked feel about it. It was lacking in the sausage department somewhat, but otherwise was very good. Both of the main courses were served with rice, and absolutely everything was decorated with pomegranate seeds, which makes for some pretty dishes. The portion sizes were also perfect, as the stews/hotpots were served in little pots.
It was reasonably priced, at around £20 per head, but it was a BYO restaurant which always lowers the price. Little Georgia is a bit of a gem, and I would thoroughly recommend it, especially on a cold Autumnal night in November.
Little Georgia, 87 Goldsmith’s Row, E2 8QR
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