Žvėrynas is a district in town where most people would like to live – houses with yards and gardens line its streets, it’s clean and very peaceful for a part of town that’s so close to the centre. The building on Vykinto Street 17A looks like an ordinary house but it’s much more than that. This is ‘Jalta’. The place is about good food, great music to match and, overall, a good time.
Just like in any house, the space inside is divided into rooms and all have furniture that is at least twenty years old. You feel as though you’re in your cottage out of town, or, more precisely, your dacha. There’s even a greenhouse: you can have drinks or food inside, I’ve heard of movies being screened here and they also grow mint which you can pick to have it steeped into a tea.
As part of their pledge to good food Jalta will only use seasonally available ingredients that have been bought locally. If you’ve ever tried to cook meat or pancakes you will know these things take time, the same is true for this place: they will only start preparing your dish once you order it, they do not have it half-frozen and waiting.
Lastly, make sure your smartphone has an app that recognizes music, as this has always been my place for musical discoveries. All of the above plus the overall feel of this place is why I like it so much. Enjoy!
Jalta | Restaurants (Intern.) | Dinner & drink LT 40
Vykinto Street 17A
Mon – Thu 11:00 – 00:00, Fri 11:00 – 02:00, Sat 13:00 – 02:00, Sun 13:00 – 21:00