Piano Piano: Italian on the Square
When I saw a relaxed bohemian sitting outside enjoying his lunch while reading Slaughterhouse 5 in Lithuanian, I guessed this might be my kind of place. I was right. Despite what I'd heard about cuisine in Kaunas, this was really good quality and a fantastic location on the town square. It was the busiest cafe on the square, and with good reason. I only had a light lunch of tomato soup, but it was chunky, tasty and hearty, and served with delicious Italian bread.
Berneliu Uzeiga: Traditional Lithuanian Restaurant
The name of this restaurant in English is Shepherd's Inn so from the name you can see that it's a rustic type of place.
The interior is typically Lithuanian with wooden tables covered in linen tablecloths and we were served by a waitress in national dress. To some people it may seem a bit kitsch but I actually enjoyed it. It was a quiet evening when we were here and so it gave me a taste of Lithuanian life from times gone by.
If you want to savour traditional Lithuanian fare in a traditional Lithuanian restaurant I can definitely recommend this place.
Favorite Dish: Neither of us ordered a main dish but were happy just to indulge in some local beer and Kepta Duona, which is a plate of fried black bread sticks served with cheese and garlic mayonnaise. We both shared the 1 plate. I had never tried it before but be warned once you've tried it you'll be hooked, especially if you like savoury food like I do.
The prices are very reasonable in here and judging by other peoples plates you won't go out of here hungry.
Not in the old town, and instead inside the Akropolis shopping mall, but if you love chocolate you won't want to miss this. The waitress was a little strange - I swear she had fake blue contacts on her eyes to go with her fake tan, but the chocolate infused coffee and chocolate cheesecake were fantastic.
Tetulės Sriubinė: Soup
For local soups, served local style with old women cooking up vats of broth in the backroom, and a canteen service - pick it up in scoops and take it to your table. It's cheap, quick, filling, tasty and with a lot of vegetarian options. It's also very popular with the local office workers on their lunch break.
La Crepe: Crepes and Pancakes
After a long day it was getting late and we didn't have much time left for finding somewhere to eat, so we decided to eat somewhere we knew would be ok, and easy to feed our child. In Vilnius we'd enjoyed lunch at La Crepe, but in Kaunas that turned out to be a bit of a mistake. The food is ok, and fine for a lunch, but for a main meal it's disappointing. The service was the worst, though. Friendly, but amateur with long waits. I asked for a water with gas, and was brought some medicinal mineral water from Georgia that tasted like antiseptic. I ordered a beer, and it didn't turn up until we'd all finished eating.
Kids seem to love it though, it's not expensive and you know what you are getting. It's like TGI Friday's but Lithuanian.
Favorite Dish: Potato pancakes - at least they were good in Vilnius.
aj chocolate: breakfast time
AJ šokoladas - what a ovely place to have breakfast... very fancy plave with a lot of elvet and a very quiet and serene atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Great cfor breakfast, but do not expect croissants: it's cakes you are going there for... and n, coffee, you better skip it... have a hot chocolate instead; it's delicious.
berneliu uzeiga: tasting "cepelins"
The professor that took us and our class around Kaunas recommened this restaurant, which is one of a chain famous for traditional Lithuanian dishes and country style interior.
Favorite Dish: We were in a hurry so our "guide" recommened that we had cepelin (pronounced something like zepelin) - because they were quick to cook. Cepelins are potatoes filled with cheese and meat, heavy but quite good... their elongated form reminds of that of the zepeling flaing device - hence the name.
bravaria: great beer, so-so food
We had our first dinner at the Bravaria restaurant inside the Acropolis shopping complex, right by the skating rink. We had take a look at other restaurants but did not really look that appealing, so we chose this one expecting great beer.
Favorite Dish: Great beer it was. As for the food, we found it unassuming - but I was the luckiest one of the three: my pork skewer served with rice was OK. I remember that we tried some disserts, but none were good.
LIDO: Self-service restaurant
This Latvian self-service restaurant chain entered Lithuanian market some years ago and was accepted with great enthusiasm.. Maybe because we didn't have any strong brand of self-service restaurants before them.
So if you wish to have a not expensive lunch and shop in the hypermarket at the same time, come to "Lido" in Savanoriu avenue in Kaunas. Other restaurants of Lido are located are in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities.
Favorite Dish: You can create your own menu and take all what you want.
The specific symbol of "Lido" is wind-mills (as you can see reflection of it in the photo) and the interior design resembles the wooden tavern.
Pizza Jazz: A nice place for a chat
I love this place for sitting with friends, having a coctail or divine desserts, occasional dinner. although it's called pizza jazz, I can't say I'm fond of their pizza's, but for all the rest it's a lovely place on my favourites list.
Favorite Dish: coffee (all kinds, from moca to real good esspresso), desserts (ice cream, strudel, and a loooong list of others). Why I like this place is that it has sections for smokers and non smokers, plus - a very good ventilation in the smoking section.
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Berneliu, Uz^eiga: Traditional Lithuanian Food
Almost all traditional Lithuanian dishes. They restaurant network has very cosy restaurants. Very nice traditional and at the same modern surroundings. Good interrior, food. In summer outside there's always a playground for kids and you can sit also outside.
I prefer the one that is in Silainiai distrcit (street: Baltu prospektas). But there're few smaller in the center (Donelaicio and Valanciaus street).
Favorite Dish: To get to Baltu prospektase: Public transport: from the center you should wait for minivan no. 35. In about 25 minutes you'll be there. After it goes up the mountain, makes a circle, passes trough big shop Maxima, turns left next to the bridge, on the left side you see a shop, you should get your butt out right there.
The Crazy House.: Crazy? Not really.......
I went to this bar/restaurant/cafe (the boundaries seem very blurred in Lithuania) simply because it was a) on my way back to the hotel and I was hungry and b) everywhere else which appealed was full (outside tables).
The advantage this place has is that there is a lot of outside tables on the opposite side of Vilniaus Gatve, with roofing and protected on one side by a fence.
I had a beer (very pleasant indeed...dark Suvtury's) and what appeared on the menu in English as 'pork leg' and peas (a 'beer snack'). I wasn't surprised that the peas were of the yellow split type, with onions, but should have realised that 'pork leg' was actually pig's feet. Well, piglet feet to be honest (they were very tiny).
Actually, the peas were very nice indeed and very filling. I didn't do much with the piglet feet, I'm afraid. :-(
Plenty of locals eating here, which is always a good sign. Prices as reasonable as everywhere else, menu in English and basic English understood by the waitresses.
Perfectly reasonable place to stop for a beer and a snack.
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Dekaedras: Ideal location......
This rather nice restaurant on the Old Town square has chairs and sofas and tables outside, facing the Town Hall. I decided to eat my last meal there, because I thought it would be more expensive (being in a prime position) and I was trying to use up my litas.
They have a good and interesting menu, with some more-or-less traditional dishes as well as those with a general European focus.
I had a beer (of course)..the rather nice 'white' beer Svytry's 'Baltas', which is served with slices of lemon and is a really refreshing drink when it's hot (or when it's not).
Then I had filled carp, with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
It was delicious, and very filling.
And I still had litas left....the prices were still extremely reasonable.
Pleasant service, good English spoken, clearly very popular with wedding parties (several turned up whilst I was there on a Saturday evening.
Worth a visit.......
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Avilys: A microbrewery!
Excellent beer here.......they make three types (I think), including the rather nice 'medaus alus' (honey beer) which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The bar is in a brick cellar, but they have tables outside too (with red fleecy blankets to keep out the chill).
I didn't eat here but they have a good range of what are termed 'beer snacks' (fried bread fingers and cheese, pigs' ears/feet and so on and so forth) as well as main courses and sweets.
The beer is the draw though and the place was packed every time I walked past. I finally managed on Saturday lunchtime simply because most of Kaunas was enjoying itself at the Medieval fair! :-)
Definitely a 'must-try' place, imo.
The website has an English translation, although it is not hugely detailed.
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Paulinga: The first cafe I visited.....
Hungry and thirsty, having flown from the UK and walked almost the full length of Laisves Aleja from my hotel in the Old Town (around a mile, I should think) I decided to try this cafe.
Service was pleasant, the espresso and beer ('Kalnapilis', which seems to be very popular) fine. I ordered the potato pancakes with sour cream. They duly arrived, freshly-cooked and rather tasty....although I am not entirely sure the cream was soured. It tasted like ordinary cream to me, and simply didn't work with the pancakes. Perhaps they'd run out of sour cream?
But no other complaints about service or food or prices (reasonable as ever) so as far as I'm concerned this cafe is perfectly ok if you are in the area and need a drink or snack.
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