We have waited for half of hour for a waiter.
When we wanted to leave a restaraunt the waiter gave to us a carte and in five minutes she has taken an order.
We waited for 50 minutes for cepelnies! for me and my son.. but my husband was left without his ordered dish.
When in 1,5 hours we would like to leave the restaraunt in second time: they gave to us the cepelinies for my husband... we asked for a bill, we didn't want to wait more hours here..
The cepelinies was terrible: thick layer of dough (bad cooked), which was more flour than potato, and very little meat
Never we'll visit one more time.
Favorite Dish: Fuu..
The main advangage of this cafe and restaurant was its location at the western bank of Drukonis lake that meant nice view over the lake from a terrace on the second floor.
Mon - Thu: 8.00 am - 1o.00 pm
Fri - Sun: 8.00 am - 11.00 pm
Favorite Dish: I ordered only Lithuanian beer: draught (draft) Kalnapilis beer and coffee with milk. Well, beer was OK although not the best one in Lithuania, coffee was hmm... drinkable.
It was 3 in 1: pizzeria, cafe and restaurant. I decided to eat something light just there because there were tables put outside (and roofed) and first of all because it was not empty. I though that longer-time visitors who ate there knew the place. And indeed, it was good and very inexpensive choice.
Wooden tables and benches put outside under a roof - not very comfortable but OK.
At first our waitress gave us menu in Russian, not in English. Well, Polish language is definetely more similar to Russian than English. As my English is better than Russian, I asked for English menu.
Very fast and accurate. Hmm... Lithuanian spoken only.
Mon.-Sun.: 10.00 am - midnight.
Credit cards are NOT accepted.
Favorite Dish: I ordered:
1. broth with ravioli - 2.50 Lt
2. Greek salad - 3.00 Lt
3. Dumplings stuffed with meat - 1.50 Lt x 2 = 3.00 Lt
4. Utenos large beer - 3.50 Lt
Total: 12.00 Lt (€ 3.62; US$4.36; 16.80 Polish zl).
The best was number 1 and 3 - my recommendations!
Picerija Saulegraza except rather Italian pizza and international cuisine offered a few typical Lithuanian dishes including Lithuanian huge dumplings (cold beet soup, pancakes as well).
Favorite Dish: Dumplings stuffed with meat for only 1.50 Lt were hot and very tasty. They were very large and oval in shape.
Lithuanian homemade dumplings (usually in plural: "pirogi" in Russian, "pierogi" in Polish) were baked in the oven (country style) and stuffed with meat (minced pork of beef), onion, some special spices. Sometimes they were stuffed with forest mushrooms and/or grated cabbage as well. Recipe: here
Picerija Saulegraza except rather Italian pizza and international cuisine offered a few typical Lithuanian dishes including Lithuanian soups like broth with ravioli and cold beet soup (2.00 Lt). There were cheese soup (3.00 Lt) and broth with tost available. Add here soup of the day (ask waiter) for only 1.00 Lt.
Favorite Dish: Broth with ravioli (with meat) for 2.50 Lt tasted yummy. Warning: broth was always served hot, even very hot in Lithuania, just like it should be.
Picerija Saulegraza offered one kind of Lithuanian draught (draft) beer which was called UTENOS. A few costumers already ordered that beer so I decided to follow them. And it was surprisingly good choice.
Utenos was pale lager that was the world's most popular style of beer like common Carlsberg, Heineken and Budweiser. Utenos was brewed by Utenos (Baltic Beverages Holdings) in Utena (100 km north of Vilnius).
Favorite Dish: Large glass (0.5 l = 16.91 oz) of Utenos beer costed only 3.50 Lt (€ 1.06; US$ 1.27; 4.90 Polish zl).
Restaurant is in same building like Druskininkai Aqua Park, so it's easy to find it.
Menus are very clear, prices not very big, but service are quite slow (in summer).
Very good, that I was allowed to visit restaurant with dog (German shepherd).
Favorite Dish: You should try pizza HAVAJU (Hawaii), dumplings with cheese and Italian griddlecakes.
Since we got fed up of disgusting pizzas in Lithuanian chain "Cili pica", we decided to go to real Italian pizzeria. The atmosphere is rather cozy over there and it seems like a busy little restaurant. The location is also perfect - it's in the center of town, just in front of "Druskininkai Spa" pools and hotel.
Unfortunately, a waiter did not speak English, so once again Egle had to be a translator :)
Apparently, pepperoni is not very well known ingredient in Lithuania and pepperoni pizza had tasteless sausage on it and there was no pizza sauce on the pizza, but note this does not mean that the restaurant is bad. It only means that Lithuanians have a lot to learn to make a pizza.
Egle had turkey salad, the meat and vegetables were very good but the lettuce itself was bitter and ruined all the taste. We don't recommend those two dishes.
It might be that we are very picky and difficult customers because other people seemed to be enjoying their food and drinks. Should note that Sigthor does not like any restaurant in Lithuania :) more or less.
P.S. We have heard that the owner of Sicilija (there are 2 Sicilijas in Druskininkai) is Italian.
When my dad & me entered the restaurant "Kolonada" it was daytime in February, but they had rather loud classical music playing from stereos (it's not techno, so it's not so bad, is it?). I guess, the owners of renewed (2004) cafe/restaurant wants us to remind traditions of this building: it used to be an arbour where people had a chance to listen to concerts inbetween two World Wars.
The service was rather good, a waiter was polite and fast. We had day soup (mashed champignons) which was okay and Ceasar salad, the chicken breast was a bit dry but eatable, maybe it would be better with salmon?. I've also noticed they had pizzas in menu, like in every other place in Lithuania.
List of evening performances in Kolonada (only in Lithuanian ) : http://www.kolonada.lt/?id=05240154138&lid=lt
I found this mobile food trailer at western bank of Druskonis Lake. It was not at all my recomendation but if you are hungry, on low budget and NOT on low calory diet... Well, let's say... I wasn't hungry.
It was rather good for kids going to nearby circus.
Favorite Dish: None. But if you like... they offered:
1. candyfloss (cotton candy, fairy floss) - a large soft ball of white sugar in the form of thin threads sold on a stick. Warning: it's very sweet!. Well, is my explanation clear?
2. popcorn with salt sold in plastic mugs. Who doesn't know it? Well, just in case... they are seeds of maize (a type of grain) which are heated until they burst open and become soft and light.
Both "dishes" were very cheap.
Perfect place to dine on a low budget. Cafe doesn't have any signboard outside, it is not widely known even to locals :)
This cafe is kinda' remain of the soviet times, same as whole sanatorium.
You can find the menu in lithuanian, english, polish, russian and german.
Cuisine contains all the main lithuanian national dishes.
You'll pay 6-12 Lt (~1,8-3,5 EUR/ ~2,2-4,3 USD) for the main dish, up to 5 Lt for the salad and ~3 Lt for 0,5 liter of lithuanian beer ;) Prices are notably less than average in the town, and far away from what you will pay in the capital city.
Food is appetizing, some of it microwaved as in most of the cafes around though.
But i have to commend the place: worth to visit. I bet you'll come back over there again ;)
How to find it? Come inside the sanatorium through the main entrance, take right, then go upstairs and you'll see the sign "Kavine". That's the place ;)
Favorite Dish: Cutlet "Kastonas" (eng. "conker") - really good main dish ;)