As probably most of the Ukrainians, I don’t usually go to the restaurant for Ukrainian food. We’re used to eating our borsch and vareniki at home (not necessarily our own). But from time to time I crave something and have no time to cook, and here comes Garboozyk.
Nested on the corner behind Podil’s Zhitniy Market, it’s a tiny place with a little terrace outside that is over-decorated with traditional ornaments, pottery, paper flowers and ribbons. I would probably be a little scared by this type of decor in 2017, if I hadn’t been eating here for more than ten years.
The menu is extensive, including all the nation’s favorites plus some chef’s variations. My choice is green borsch and golubtsy (guess what that is) with a shot of samogon (moonshine). The place is rather affordable: 300UAH will get you stuffed and drunk. Expect a complimentary bread basket with spreads and an «on-the-horse» drink.