When visiting Trakai Island Castle in Trakai, don't miss the popular Karaite dough pastry known as kibinai. This is a delicious hot juicy dough pastry stuffed with a choice of several meat (pork, beef or mutton or even vegetarian) mixed with onions and sour cream. The dough is made from flour, butter and egg yolk something like or in the shape of our Malaysian curry puff. We ordered just one kibinai each just to make sure that we liked the taste. We received this tip from Vilnius In Your Pocket, a popular travel guide, and decided to try it out.
Kibinai (as depicted on our fifth photograph) was actually our main dish from the restaurant. We ordered a glass of local beer and beetroot soup (depicted on our third photograph) as appetizer. The beetroot soup is served with local brown rye bread (depicted on our fourth photograph). The cost of this meal was just 13.50 litas. To have a complete lunch to fill your stomach you need to order at least two kibinai.
Favorite Dish: Kibinai was our favourite dish from this restaurant. Soup-wise we chose beetroot soup served with local brown rye bread which was certainly delicious. Don't miss the traditional Karaite kibinai when you visit Trakai Island Castle in Trakai!
For the quality of food, location of the restaurant and services of the staff, prices of food here are really reasonable. It will not cost you a fortune to dine at Gabi Restaurant. The restaurant has a cosy atmoshphere, fine decor, a nice fireplace (as depicted on our second photograph) after the entrance in front of the elegant bar.
We had a local beer which costs just 5.00 litas per glass. We opted for mushroom soup (trinta misko gryb - depicted on our third photograph) which was really delicious. It was certainly one of our best mushroom soups that we have ever consumed anywhere else in Europe, it has to be said! For main dish we opted for potato pancakes (bulvinial blynai-varske - depicted on our fourth photograph) as recommended by some readers on the interenet and we were not disappointed. We left the restaurant satisfied after the meal. The local beer, mushroom soup and potato pancakes cost just 36.00 litas.
Favorite Dish: As mentioned above, our favourite dish in this restaurant are bulvinial blynai and the hot mushroom soup.
Cepelinai is the most popular and favourite Lithuania dish. If the restaurant based on Lithuanian food, Cepelinai in menu will be definitelly.
Cepelinai (or another word - didzkukuliai) is a food from potatoes and meat. It is like potatoe dumpling, where meet is inside. It is always eaten with cracklings and sour cream. Sometimes restaurants offer cepelinai with a curd inside, but it is less tipical (I haven't tried it as well).
Restaurant called Kibinine by Karaits national food - kibinai. Karaites went to Lithuania in XIV-XV century to be a part of Lithuanian army. They mostly create his culture in Trakai and Vinius. Some Karaits work in this restaurant. Restaurant's interior looks great: wooden construction, nice attending. Especially memorized was a view to Lake galve with castle.
Favorite Dish: Of course don't miss kibinai. A quite wonderful, small and piping hot pasty stuffed full of meat and onions, kibinai are the traditional food of one of Lithuania's miority groups, the Karaites.
Hahahahaha, if you want to make 3in1 rent this funny vehicle! You are sitting at the bar, admiring views and...moving the vehicle, because every person has their own pedals to move the cart. Very creative!
Favorite Dish: Beer.
If you are travelling in north-east Lithuania by car or going to Latvia on A10 road you can rest at "19 kilometras" restaurant. Located some 10 km from Pasvalys, on the bank of the Tatula river it is a perfect place to stop for meal.
It's buffet style restaurant that serves mostly traditional Lithuanian food. But if you don't like that you can always get some traditional steak or chicken fillet. Vegetarians are not forgotten , too- they can choose salad and hot vegetable stew. Their potatoe pancakes are very good (but somes they run short of them).
There's place for about 100 people in the restaurant. So even big tourist groups travelling by bus can stay there.
The restaurant is built like traditional Lithuanian house of wealthy farmer. Well...it's not original and it lil'bit of kitch....... But still it can be a great fun. There is small museum of traditional Lithuanian household equipment(most of them original) and a souvenir shop. If you are tired there's mini-motel and sauna so you can relax for few hours. And while your kids would be delighted by playground with traditional country swings or while feeding pony or deer in mini-zoo.
A perfect place in the heart of the Old Town in Vilnius. Bloody strong coffee , yummy pastry and nice ambience. Staff seemed to be a bit unfamiliar with English, but helpful.
Favorite Dish: Poppy seeds cke was like my Mum's!
Wonderful ambience, fantastic smells of freshly prepared coffee, comfortable seats- extremely important for exhausted tourists. Good desserts although portions of ice cream rather humble.Wide choice of teas and coffees.
There's also a shop, so you can buy tea, coffee and some china as well.
Don't bother if you don't see an entrance from the street- enter the gate.
It's situated in the middle of old town, a nice place to have a stop. Menu also in English, what is a great advantage as staff didn't speak English.
Favorite Dish: Good coffee , also good pielmieni, although this was the first time I had eaten pielmieni (a kind of pierogi with meat) with sour cream and melted butter.
This restaurant is approached through the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius Lithuania. It is on the lefthand side as you walk to the cathedral. A steak meal and a small beer cost less than £3 in 2005. I called there twice in my 2 days in Vilnius. Very friendly staff.
This is one of the coolest spots in Vilnius. Actually it's not in the old town, but above town. The restaurant is located on a hill in the bohemian quarter Uzupis. In the summer you can wine and dine on the large terrace overlooking the church spires of the old town.
Tores serves mostly light dishes of international food. I don't remember exactly what I ordered when I was there, but I think it was pretty good. I mostly remember enjoying the wine ;-)
The best thing about this restaurant is the view, especially when the sun sets over the city and everything turns to red and gold. The terrace is decorated with statues, which is supposed to give it an artsy "Uzupis" look. But the restaurant mostly attracts young trendy types and young professionals in general. I, for one, enjoyed the atmosphere and if I lived in Vilnius I would go there often. I think the restaurant is mostly suited for romantic diners and diner with friends. I think they also cater for groups.
The luxurious restaurant welcomes to visit it and taste exquisite dishes of the European cuisine. You are also offered to enjoy wide range of wines and cigars. Bookings for banquets, parties, business dinners and any celebrations are available. Individual menu will be made at guests request.
Favorite Dish: my favourite dish is fish there. it is very tasty.
Dairy products and potatoes are mainstays of the Lithuanian diet, and pancakes are particularly popular. A traditional (and unforgettable) meal is cepelinai, a zeppelin-shaped parcel of a glutinous substance (allegedly potato dough), with a wad of cheese, meat or mushrooms in the centre. It comes topped with a sauce made from onions, butter, sour cream and bacon bits. Sakotis is a tall, Christmas-tree shaped cake generally served at weddings, while dinner on Christmas Eve consists of 12 different vegetarian dishes. Svyturys and Utenos are the best local brands of beer, perhaps preferable to midus (mead), which can be as much as 60% proof. Those who prefer to make their own decision about when to lie down should look out for stakliskes, a honey liqueur.
Lithuanian meals are simple but filling. Traditional specialties include skilandis (smoked meat), šaltibaršèai (cold beet soup), cepelinai (potato dumplings with minced meat filling), védarai (potato sausages) and bulviniai blynai (potato pancakes). Smoked eel is a famous Baltic delicacy.
There are many regional specialties. The Highlanders, or Aukštaièiai, who live in the northeast region, are known for their pancakes and cottage cheese dishes. The žemaièiai, who inhabit the lowlands, are known for herbed dips, porridges and gruels. In the southeast region, buckwheat, mushrooms and potatoes are important staples, and in the southwest, smoked meats, sausages and cepelinai (dumplings) are part of many dishes.
A traditional breakfast may be bread and cheese with cold cuts, or pancakes filled with cheese. At lunch, many Lithuanians enjoy a hearty soup or stew. Cold beetroot soup is refreshing in summer and hot beetroot soup (barsciai borscht) is warming in winter. For dinner, Lithuanians usually have a meat dish with potatoes and vegetables; pork is the most popular meat.
Lithuanians drink coffee and tea, soft drinks, milk and beer. Midus (mead), a popular Lithuanian drink, is a mildly alcoholic beverage made from honey. Sula, a beer made from birch sap, is drunk at harvest time. Lithuanians also enjoy gira, a non-alcoholic fermented drink made from bread.
Popular Lithuanian desserts include honey cake, pastries and ice cream. At Christmas, people enjoy a special fruitcake called kisielius.
There are things without which some nations could not exist. The French could not live without wine, the Chinese without their rice, and the Lithuanians without their black rye bread. This, for Lithuanians, is the everyday staple, eaten with soup, meat, fish, vegetables and milk. No festive occasion is celebrated without it. Guests are welcomed, according to tradition, with a loaf of rye bread on a linen towel: it is an essential part of wedding and christening parties.
Favorite Dish: Many Lithuanians returning home can hardly wait to feast on rye bread. They think that nobody in the world makes bread as delicious as here. When they go to see friends or relatives abroad they very often take a loaf of bread as a present.
Black bread has always been highly respected. It is the fruit of the joint efforts of many people: the farmer, the miller and the backer. Some centuries ago Bread was the name of a pagan god alongside Sun and Moon. Even now it is a sign of disrespect to put a loaf of bread upside down or to take a slice with a fork or a knife. Some old people will pick up a piece of bread from the floor, blow the dirt off and kiss it.
Black bread is made of rye flour. Sometimes wheat flour is added too. The finer the flour the less bran it contains, and the lighter the bread is. Sometimes loaves are put on sweet flag or cabbage leaves, which gives it an even more pleasant smell. Any baker will tell you that it is much easier to bake a pie than black bread. Although real bread should only be backed in a traditional oven, the method of making bread used by modern bakeries is very similar to that followed by our ancestors. It takes 12 hours before the ingredients turn into a nice loaf of bread.
Bread, the most important staple, is traditionally placed in the centre of the table, in front of the father. The ancient tradition of putting bread on the table before other dishes is still observed today. A piece of bread is also traditionally placed in the foundation when building a new house. Bread, salt and wine are presented to newlywed couples to symbolize the sweetness and saltiness of life.
Lithuanians have always been known for their hospitality. It is said that 'if u do not love other people, u will not be loved'.When expecting guests, Lithuanians go all out of food & drink,for they want the guests to comment'there was an abudance of everything,the only food was missing was bird's milk'.You stay in Vilnius should include at least one visit to any of the local Lithuanian restorants, where,in a unique atmosphere u can enjoy a live folk band playing. Taste the true national Lithuania dishes & drink delicious Lithuanian beer!
Favorite Dish: SALTIBARSCIAI(COLD BEET SOUP)
the cold creamed beet soup is very popular summer fare. It usually contains cold eggs, & is served with a slide dish of hot boiled potatoes.
VEDARAI( POTATO SAUSAGE)
These 'sausages'differed among regions, but the most popular are traditional potato-stuffed sausages whose usually are served with sour cream & bacon bits.
Beer has been brewed in Lithuania since ancient times- today is the most popular national drink.During your stay in Lithuania try some of:FRIED BREAD WITH GARLIC,'HUNTER'S CHEESE',SKILANDYS,SMOKED PIG EARNS,PEARS WITH FRIED BACON BITS....
patotaes have become Lithuanian's second bread & are eaten throught the year. Lithuania's national potato dish is cepelinai,a greated potato dumpling whose name literally means'zeppelin'in honour of its cylindrical shape. It is usually stuffed with bacon & onion.Mushrooms & cheese can be substituted in order to make it suistable for vegetarians.
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