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2021-10-18

DIOR - Maria Grazia Chiuri Design For The ALBER ELBAZ Tribute Show

Dior - Maria Grazia Chiuri presented an exclusive silhouette celebrating the unique talent's bold style for the Alber Elbaz tribute show recently.

Entitled Love Brings Love, the special event unveiled a brand-new collection by the AZ Factory studio – the innovative label launched in January 2021 by Alber Elbaz – as well as a series of looks created by over forty designers. The must-see show closed Paris Fashion Week by bringing together key players in couture and fashion to honor the memory of a man who never stopped reinventing fashion in the name of love and joy.


Credit:
Savoir Faire Images : ©Sophie Carre
The final dress image : ©AZ Factory

穿著時尚的大志

穿著時尚的大志



今天共處            你將光陰停住
時裝與藝術是兩股應對不同需求的創作力量,前者關係到身體和動態,後者則完全不受任何限制,但兩者卻都離不開工坊。工坊是以雙手思考和創造的地方,將欲望、意念和感覺轉化為實體作品。創意總監 Pierpaolo Piccioli 決心為Valentino 2021/22 年秋冬高訂系列建構一個創造者社群,他深信高級訂製在時尚業界的意義,與當代藝術世界中的繪畫不遑多讓,因而號召多位年齡、背景和美學取向各異的畫家參與今季名為 Valentino Des Ateliers 的企劃,從而將面貌昇華,並將二維的創意構想轉化為三維作品,將畫作中供觀賞者沉思默想的靜態意象,透過三維動態生動地呈現出來。



給生命線            最終找到靠
Pierpaolo Piccioli藉由其他創作者的雙手實現工坊的煉金魔法,盡情在緩慢的醞釀過程中用心聆聽,將層疊的色彩、符號、背景、構圖與留白轉化為線條、剪裁與造型,邀請每位藝術家就服裝進行直接對話,在兩者的碰撞中衍生出新身份,並體現在系列服飾中。時裝與藝術的對譯,在這次實驗中開出豐碩成果,既保留了兩者相異的特質,又實現了聯乘共融的社群精神。在這個富實驗性的轉化過程中誕生的系列,糅合了品牌創立的高訂元素,包括輕巧飄逸的帽子以至華麗的舞會晚裝。系列色彩鮮明繽紛,大量的褶襇細節增添流麗動感。修長的線條層次豐富,而短版造型則別具雕塑的質感。系列服飾融合精巧的手工藝,洋溢難以言喻的從容格調,為男女兩性開拓無窮想像空間。



你用無限濃情蜜意            來造迷人玩意 
Salvatore Ferragamo 2021秋冬季系列乃是創意總監Paul Andrew為品牌系列設計的最後一擊,並坦言在時尚界,大家都常常會懷念過去,但今季卻刻意去顛覆這樣的傳統思維,將當前標準制服款式想像成長期被遺忘的封塵殘跡,打破原有類別、配色或教條主義的限制,突破創新,去顛覆21世紀對制服的刻板印象,設計出富有未來感的前衛衣飾。千禧年前的經典科幻電影《Gattaca》、《Until The End Of The World》及《The Matrix》賦予他無盡自由的靈感,影響深遠,過去對未來的想像塑造了今天的我們。Andrew懷揣著希望和樂觀的精神設計,摒棄所有陳舊的時尚理念,推出朝氣蓬勃、充滿年輕氛色的全新2021秋冬季系列,同時更展現品牌長期以來對環境保護以及可持續發展的關注,傳承品牌創新的技術,飛躍未來,塑造全新時尚潮流,去傳遞全新視角的意念和信息,致力設計出一個烏托邦式未來,同時也不會過時的時尚。



感覺 多麼似              加冕光圈變天使 
系列設計元素多元化,從軍事、運動、競技、潛水等行業中吸取靈感,大膽融合並精心調整多種剪裁版型,為成衣打造精緻的剪裁工藝。 男女式襯衫、海馬毛針織品、鞋履和配飾,均能相互呼應和搭配,用黑白單色與明豔色彩形成鮮明對比,彰顯十足活力。 皮革和羊毛製成的披風、外套和大衣,精製針織衫、針織緊身連衫褲和帶有未來抽象派迷彩花紋的連衣裙、保暖實用的皮質大衣,休閒剪裁的長裙和外套,以不規則流蘇邊飾點綴,舒適而不失俏皮。多款垂褶平紋針織連衣裙和半身裙上配以星形鏈飾,在秀場上格外閃耀奪目,更延續和保留簡潔的剪裁和優雅的綫條輪廓的存在主義, 不去為logo mania而萬歲!


留待明日傳頌你跟我這一節            完美情史
Givenchy2021秋冬男女裝成衣系列與音樂結合,Between Monuments & Music 不可缺一。在創意總監Matthew M. Williams構想的Givenchy世界裡,時裝是一種存在、感受和聯繫的方式,就像把平常日子變成值得紀念的日子,滿載情感,猶如可以穿戴的音樂一樣。奢華與簡樸融合,同時展示人類的缺憾美,喚起設計師和穿衣者對奢侈品和時尚界的情感。這個系列在許多方面也關於兩個世界之間的恆久張力,著眼於在艱難的境況下尋找個人意義,聚焦於我們行事的誠意,而非策略。Williams希望透過服裝及造型將現實生活的感覺,揉合精準、優雅及奢華的風格展現出來。


一世穿一次                是我畢生大志
男女裝造型將經典、大膽前衛與實用風格結合,探索奢華與紀律之間的張力。選用的物料質感細膩奢華,特別是人造皮草和天然羊毛皮,幾乎包裹整個身體。設計刻意強調更誇張奪目的冬季輪廓,以層次塑造不同比例,把舒適與保護、自然和浮誇共冶一爐,同時也探討大與小之間的張力,修長簡潔的線條與短小緊身的剪裁或闊大的褶飾和刺繡形成對比。俐落奪目的肩膊與衣袖設計,為剪裁注入立體美感,而立體精緻的針織服則體現靈活自在、解放身體的概念,並突顯腰部的線條。外套採用闊身設計,但同時也體現緊密、工整和嚴謹的風格,在Givenchy工作室的傳統西裝工藝中更顯張力。設計集誇張、玩味、輕巧和舒適於一身,不但成為造型的基礎,營造戲劇感,也將風格昇華,破拘前衛中不失百搭易襯,刻意營造一個超越亂世的系列,去穿出我行我素獨有的態度。


2021-10-15

DIESEL AW2021 Advertising Campaign

DIESEL AW2021 Advertising Campaign presents a visual store in which the only viable options for the viewer’s day-to-day essentials are DIESEL-made. As a result, the imagery in this campaign provokes, subverts and teases a conversation about the nature of mass consumer culture.
 

In a world that is physically over-saturated with choices, the hyper-iconography amplifies the playful, pop impact.


These customers are surrounded by colorful sundries, mock pricetag promotions and an overarching vignette of familiar, universal consumerism.


The aisles overflow with pedestrian products such as laundry detergent, canned soup and sliced bread, there’s an ironic twist: everything in this bodega is DIESEL branded.


Diesel Creative Director:
Glenn Martens

Art Director:
Christopher Simmonds


Photographer and Director:
Johnny Dufort

Stylist:
Ursina Gysi



2021-10-14

Kakhelebi on Beliashvili - Kakhetian Flavours To Tantalize Your Palate

The trajectory in the business life of a restaurant is not always an easy one, but somehow Kakhelebi has found a formula that was popular from the very beginning. What started as a restaurant near the airport, was the highway restaurant dining which ended up always being full, then developed years later into another but larger concept eat out in suburban Tbilisi, bringing the most humble, rustic and classic Georgian flavours to your table. mylifestylenews writes.


The current incarnation of Kakhelebi on Beliashvili has only been opened for four years but already has turned into a great success story. From tech savvy business to a totally different industry by running a reputable restaurant in order to host his business guests and VIP’s for the initial intention, the first Kakhelebi establishment was opened near the airport in 1997 (it is still operating successfully) and overwhelmed by its endearing and luscious traditional Georgian cuisine and due to word of mouth needed a larger location. Kakhelebi on Beliashvili was then established with the suburban location chosen because of the opportunity for bigger catering on many levels in order to cater for more appetence diners.


Tbilisi is well spread out - big, but not that big. Finding your way to Kakhelebi on Beliashvili can somehow be challenging if taxi is not your preferred mode of transport. Being an adventurous tourist intact, in fact, an easy metro ride on the blue line by getting off at the bustling Didube station, snaking through the chaotic market and bus terminal and with a good 20-30 minute flat walk crossing the Mtkvari river by staying on Beliashivili street, a big complex onto your right visibly seen and there you are. Otherwise, it is probably best accessed via a taxi for the less intrepid.


The signage is not bold unless you do read Georgian but as it turns out, the whole building is Kakhelebi, four parts are encompassed in the building from the basement to the third floor, it is divided into kitchens, main restaurant with ample dining space well spread out and segregated into various sections on the entire floor as well as a few private dining rooms and a bakery café on the ground level with separate door entrance.


At the entrance porte cochère, look up at the bricks ceiling inlaid with ceramic tiles with grapes motifs that expresses the famous Kakheti wine growing region in Georgia. The moment you open the door you notice that the décor is not plain or easy to instantly judge. The enormous space overall is quite surprising, after walking up a flight of stairs we finally arrived where our reservation was and you immediately realize that you are in a special place.


Passing through the arch hallway leads you to one section of the expansive main dining hall. The interior has been designed with some elements of an old castle reminiscence: church stained glass windows, candles for lighting, polished sandstone style brickwork and iconography with visual images and symbols interpretation especially the portrait of the King Erekle II aka Hercalius II (A Georgian monach of the Bagrationi dynasty, reigning as the king of Kakheti from 1744 to 1762) guarding the entire main dining hall.


Then, you begin to notice other touches that digress, multi-faceted artworks to create an eclectic atmosphere and it turns out that the blue ceiling with old Georgian writings and flora motifs around the walls reference Georgian poets from over one century ago.


With all forms of design elements (as well as the menu) are mainly from the Kakheti regions, the witty and open minded owner Chichiko Goletiani has a magnanimous passion and heartfelt attachment of his homegrown Kakheti region. Even the design of the tablemats as well as the menu layout references the cycle of life. Apparently when you are drunk you can possibly read the poetry on the ceiling. Mr. Goletiani’s cheeky sense of humour reflects entirely over his wining establishment.


Dimmed lighting mood bridles the entire cozy ambience adorned with a mix of age-old style café chairs well fitted with large wooden tables together with a few big sofas space out the dining area in different sections juxtaposed against all the stone walls and tiled floors. The large open kitchen takes centre stage at one end, so delicious smells emanate from this end of the restaurant. Mr. Goletiani’s concept of Kakhelebi on Beliashvili is to be a tavern and bakery, so it exudes a rustic charm and touts itself as a neighbourhood family restaurant and we were very taken with it the moment we sat down. 


The ethos is to treat guests like family. Also, when you look very closely, you drill down on details, so look for the god of fertility statue which was quite prevalent prior to Christianity in Kakheti. This stature exhibits characteristics of the hunter, wine and strength. Kakhetians are full of humour.


Provenance of the food and wine is also very important to Mr. Goletiani, so they have their own vineyards and orchards which supply the business with every freshest produce they need and some key ingredients play a part in the menu. They are very clear in their objective – High quality meat, experience and skillful chef, finest seasonal ingredients and the use of ancestral recipes, for which you sometimes cannot find such tastes anywhere else!  It is clear that Mr. Goletiani expresses it quite well by coming out with this winning formula.


If you begin to “study” the expansive menu, there are quite a few signature dishes that are a must-try, but beyond that we relied on the recommendations of the front of house to get things going and, of course, to organize some wine that would suit the food, as in Georgia, wine is just as important as the food! And so our Kakhetian food and wine experience took us on a wonderful journey at the hands of a well-seasoned restaurant team.


<Salad with Blueberry Sauce>
This is one of the signature dishes created in Kakhelebi that had won many acclamations from diners over decades. On arrival at the table, the mountain high salad looks sumptuous. The blueberry dressing creates an instant appeal and while you think it looks like it might be overpowering, it was perfectly judged and who would have thought this fruit would make the perfect accompaniment of a salad? It was sensational and the blueberries elevated the dish beyond words!


<Cold Boiled Hen>
This is a classic Georgian (Kakhetian) dish that is no nonsense. Although it is served cold, but well paired by the accompanied walnut paste sauce and the entire bird chopped up into its respective pieces and well placed on a big platter plate. You may think the flesh from a hen can be tough and sturdy as an old turkey, but when it falls into
the good hands of an experience chef, the world can be turned upside down. The big hen is meaty, easily pulled off by a gentle bite with some parts remains a little tight, but it has lots of flavour and was thoroughly enjoyable. Evidently, this sharing dish requires a big appetite to knock out this sumptuous giant beast.


<Veal Barbecue Cutlet>
We thought this was going to be a chop, but in actual fact it is a boneless minced meat in the style of a mini burger size form perfectly coal grilled. Four pieces of tender, meaty and juicy cutlets neatly presented on a wooden plate and garnished with parsley and accompanied by a long spring onion to be enjoyed with every bite of the well seasoned premium meat. A must order dish!


<Tatariakhli>
Soup dishes generally are quite popular in Georgian cuisine and this clear beef soup with spices and herbs is to no exception. The name itself already sounds exotic and every spoon full of the clear broth is full of aromatic flavour. Simple yet delicious and incredibly memorable!


<Grilled & Baked Pork Ribs>
This is served with the perfect 50/50 balance – half fat and half lean meat to ensure that the meat flavours are rich and juicy. The succulent meat was first grilled to a light crust on the surface and then baked to perfection, garnished with a bed of onion rings. With the melting fat effect in the mouth well balanced with the juicy lean meat, it is the best way to enjoy a genuinely premium pork ribs dish. Finger licking good!


<Buffalo Cutlet>
With the veal barbecue cutlet that was so deliciously unforgettable, we encored by ordering another cutlet dish with buffalo meat, fabulously paired with a citrusy sour plum sauce that counterbalances the richness of the meat. Once again, the use of a coal grill and the juicy meat well marinated offer you the flavour to die for!


<Fried Trout>
Two medium size trouts are well laid on an oval plate, the trouts were beautifully pan-fried to a smoky flavour and remain juicy inside, accompanied by a homemade pomegranate sauce which is a revelation – simple and full of flavour.


As mentioned, wine plays an important part in the history of Georgia and more interestingly in the history of Mr. Goletiani’s family in Kakheti. The family owned winery goes back some 50 years with the third generation already carrying on the tradition. We were delighted with both the reds and whites – so much so that we wanted to take some with us as a memory for months to come. We were very taken with their Mukuzani – a dry red wine made from the Saperavi grapes grown in Kakheti region, Vachnadziani. It is only a 2018 vintage, but already has a complexity and distinctive palate that paired beautifully with our meals, especially the meat dishes. The wine is distinguished by cherry and dark chocolate aroma. High acidity, characterized by dark ruby colour and perfectly balanced tannin. Such a triumphant exclusive wine production simply not to be missed!


Much to our delight, we wanted to sample more signature dishes but we had run out of room to indulge further. It was quite prescient that the reliable comfort food is not fussy and oriented to the freshest and best quality with great honesty. Genuinely Kakhetian!


We were grateful to have the opportunity to meet up with Mr. Goletiani himself and his graceful wife Salome over a chat right after our dinner with a single shot of their very own homemade ChaCha and Churchkhela as dessert. Both Mr. & Mrs. Goletiani’s  passion for enjoying life through food and wine was undeniable with full dedication to this heartfelt restaurant  and everyday is a joy for them to entertain.
The attentive front of house team service is rather warm and welcoming, straight to the point, quick and precise. We couldn’t have expected a more memorable evening, nor the surprises in store. The heart and soul of the harvest lives in the produce, so we ensured that a little slice of that left with us in the form of the wine and we are still thinking about the wonderful hospitality we were privileged to enjoy.
 

This is not fine dining, but the simplicity of the food is elevated by a passionate team to the point that the experience leaves you thinking you have had the best of everything! Of all the traditional Georgian restaurants, Kakhelebi has become one of the most beloved by locals. Fastidiously curated to delight your palate, this is a perfect pit stop while you are in Tbilisi. Totally a stand out!



Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Experience: 5/5
41, Beliashvili Street,
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 2184 222

 Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated. 

2021-10-13

PORTS 1961 AW2021 Advertising Campaign

Ports 1961 AW2021 Advertising Campaign is bold, heroic and iconic. Marking the 60th anniversary of the house and inspired by the minimalism of the early 2000s, the graphic collection is brought to life by three of the season’s most sought after models. The featured looks, from Ports 1961 Artistic Director Karl Templer and the team, highlight key outerwear styles from the runway collection, embody Fall’s new approach to dressing, emphasizing warmth, comfort and tactility, alongside compromised elegance.


Lensed by Steven Meisel, with creative direction by Fabien Baron, and starring Achenrin Madit, Alyda Grace and Lexi Boling, the fashion portraits depict the cast in cocooning coats and skin tight leather boots with butterfly heels, an entirely new shape in the accessories line of Ports 1961. The clothes are distinctly textural, the shapes are dynamic and enveloping.


There is an overall emotional quality to the collection which can be felt in the campaign images - one of ease, a clear longing for human connection through touch, a desire to free the body completely from any constraints. The images combine a sense of strength and power with one of protectiveness and embrace. Low angle graphic photography exaggerates scale and proportion. Pulled back hair finished in a knot and graphic black liner add strength and individuality.


A campaign that reflects the strength that was the starting point of for the collection, reflecting the timeless elegance of the brand over the past six decades.


Artistic Director and Fashion Direction: 
Karl Templer

Photographer:
Steven Meisel
Art Direction: 
Fabien Baron
Models: 
Achenrin Madit
Alyda Grace
Lexi Boling

Hair:
Guido Palau

Make up:
Pat McGrath



2021-10-12

ZALA Restaurant & Cellar - Exquisite Georgian Dining In Tbilisi


While Georgia has 8,000 years of winemaking history and the food also goes back a long way in terms of traditions, dining out in Tbilisi by finding the desirable restaurant is a wonderful surprise. The 200 year old epic and historic house of the Zala Restaurant & Cellar would be a shame to miss for a refined and exquisite dining experience in Tbilisi.  mylifestylenews writes.


History is such a mesmerizing counterpoint when experiencing a new destination especially for the first time or on your first visit to a city that awaits your exploration. One thing Tbilisi and Georgia have in spades is lots of history! It is not always about ancient monuments and buildings but the bountiful culture and true to their heritage has made this country so diverse for the locals and tourists alike to embrace the rich bequest. 
With an open mind and heart ready explore the unknown, a pleasant surprise awaits and bringing the most memorable experience home to share, especially when it comes to an unforgettable dining experience, which is that moment when you step outside  the restaurant with the most satisfying and happiest smile on your face - it says it all. Zala Restaurant & Cellar is tucked away in a leafy corner of the city, which is within walking distance of the old town for the adventurous, depending on your preferred mode of transport. Otherwise, a short metro ride for the less intrepid, exit through Rustaveli metro station with a short walk up the slope will take you to this epic restaurant in no time.


The façade is a large window with some elegant signage making a stand out from the entire street of this absolute colourful residential and charming neighbourhood. The street frontage is discreet and inviting, which belies the treasures hidden within. With two tiny steps of the elevated stairs to lift your feet off the ground, you really can’t wait to see what is inside.


Expect the unexpected, so upon entering Zala Restaurant & Cellar, you are immediately transported into an enchanting home with so many details to be discovered. The first visual of the entire dining room is overwhelmingly impressive, straightaway taking you back to the bygone era by the first look from your eyes. The rustic art décor and vintage interior design concept approach is unavoidable and well preserved from the old building history, keeping this former lady’s school noble milieu, making the old new again with an elegant style, as though you just walked into a movie production set without further embellishment needed to be adjusted on its own. Visually stunning and totally captivating!


With so much character and style to get inspired, it is only then that your eye begins to wander over every inch of the room. The exposed brick walls and objet d’art beautifully judged, it is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of delightful interior design touches that did not just happen randomly. You are instantly taken by a wall decoration – full of old clocks, frames and many other collectable ornaments, all vintage of course, juxtaposed with table lamps and standing lamps with lace and tassel embellishments. A wall niche filled with candelabra as well as distinctive floral cut out motif, because the longer you dine the more that gets revealed by soaking in such an enamored ambience and setting.


“Zala” means salon or lounge – a room to welcome and entertain your guests, so it is aptly spelled out. The restaurant only began its life two years ago, so while the building itself has a long history, Zala Restaurant & Cellar’s pre-eminence on the dining scene in Tbilisi is still quite recent but boy, have they made a mark in such a short time and already gained various recognition from those wine and dine aficionados and pundits that keep returning for reasons that only this unique establishment can possibly proudly explain.


You may think that every table is similar, but because you are in someone’s ‘home’, every room or “Zala” has a different feel, consciously decorated with a touch of elegance to please in different soothing lighting moods. You’ll have the luxury of choice to pick your preferred corner but best to have your request made prior to reservation.


When you explore further, just the wall behind the main dining area is another elevated bricked wall cellar styled round table dining salon which can comfortably sit 4 to 6 guests, well separated with a small wooden white balustrade for a more intimate dining experience. A further exploration will lead you to another salon with table settings spaciously well spread out leaning against the walls and a big carpet making the centerpiece of the room decorated with more collectible ornaments and old photos on the wall.


A small study/drawing room next to it has also being transformed into another dining area, looking out at the small garden courtyard at the back of the restaurant. Should you wish to dine alfresco surrounded by the actual living neighbourhood, it welcomes mainly well “behaved guests” that do not really make a scene or increase their volume over their conversation leaving their neighbor in peace. Rather cozy!


Maxo Tsikolia, the creative chef helms the culinary team and has put together a remarkable menu with plenty of sensible touches yet keeping the soul and culture of most traditional Georgian dishes. With his greatest homage to his heritage by sourcing some very unique produce and freshest ingredients from various regions throughout his most respectable country, what is brought to your table is not only the most sumptuous meal but a history to tell. 
While also thinking about the importance of his own creativity, the chef has trademarked some of his dishes, as they are uniquely made in a way like no other chef, which goes to show you how important he feels the food he creates is and honest to the produce being used, we totally concur in this regard.

 
<Chikhirtma with Lime and Mint>
This is a traditional Georgian soup with boiled chicken and could be described as a typical hearty family meal dish. Chef Tsikolia’s version of Chikhirtma uses ginger as a base ingredient to add extra kick to the delightful broth, well garnished with a lime wedge to be squeezed onto the cloudy soup that was thickened by egg white, adding a pleasing palate together with pieces of mint leaves well laid onto the soup also elevating the citrusy element and rounded up with more complexity in flavour. You may dip in with the two slices of Georgian bread for further enjoyment by lifting up the tender shredded chicken. This is a perfect stimulating appetizer with heavenly flavour.
 

<Mini Khinkali Soup>
Having just enjoyed the chicken soup we were not expecting that another “soup” dish would take us to another level, but this one surely does. This soup is made from boiling bones with Georgian spices, chiefly red pepper. The mini dumplings are reminiscent of Chinese Xiao Long Bao, but the chef makes these his own creation, more refined and delicate where each Khinkali can be enjoyed as a whole with a mouth full (the usual traditional giant size won’t allow you to do that and will surely burn your tongue by doing so) and it is an explosion of divine flavours juxtaposed with a salt and spice that is so enjoyable while also pleasing and comforting to taste. Five little pieces of mini Khinkali would encourage you to want more. A must order!


<Georgian Appetizer Platter>
Given that we had quite a few courses to come, we were apprehensive about ordering a Pkhali “platter”, but we were convinced that this was unmissable and how lucky we were to have a chance to sample this. Pkhali - some called it Mkhali - is absolutely a traditional Georgian mezze platter of chopped and minced vegetables: cabbage, eggplants, spinach, beans, beets are commonly used, combined and well tossed or marinate with ground walnuts, vinegar, onions, garlic and herbs or all variations of Pkhali is pureed walnut paste sauce which is rich on the palate and light on the stomach. Chef Tsikolia’s combination comes with six different bites: beetroot with Georgian sauce / marinated julienned carrot / bell pepper with walnut, garlic and cheese / smoked eggplant with walnut, garlic and Georgian spices / cottage cheese with mint/ and pumpkin puree with walnut paste – all refinely cut and chopped and presented in small colour bowls that are even more stimulating. Each taste and bite was a joy and truly comforting, your eyes instantly growing bigger with the wow and delicate flavour pleasing your palate that is completely different from every single dish. You felt like you were discovering flavours anew because of the expertise of the kitchen in balancing each ingredient so superbly. There is also freshly baked round corn bread to use to dip into the sauce which is served warm and another addition to enjoy (even on its own). This is a premium and exquisite mezze platter that is to die for with plentiful of unexpected wow moments to enjoy.


<Salmon Balls>
We honestly thought that this dish was going to be a straight forward rendition of a typical dish, but how wrong we were. This salmon balls were lightly battered, deep-fried to a beautiful golden brown that sits tightly on mashed pumpkin puree accompanied by a most refreshing and succulent coriander sauce. The presentation is superb and colourful, with beet chips, lime wedges, coriander petals and creatively accompanied by cold ice cubes that add some seminal touches on presentation. The light crunchy balls are packed with salmon and the elevated ingredient is such a delight and triumph to taste. A true flavour to cherish and well executed with homage to the ingredients used.

 
<Chicken Satsibi>
This is a cold appetizer that you shall explore and is a typical Georgian dish of chicken coated in a decadent walnut sauce. The tender chicken soaked up the walnut paste (more like light walnut soup) and is simply divine with such a unique combination that dances on the palate. This is a much filling dish that can also be enjoyed as a main dish by itself.


<Trout Rolls>
We love how Georgian cuisine gives another twist on fish especially by Zala’s culinary team. The trout is baked without any marinade, so it must be eaten and to be enjoyed with the secret homemade wine with tarragon sauce. Additionally, the trout is rolled with walnut and truffle cream and then served on a bed of risotto, which is seasoned with cracked pepper (the bed of risotto is already an outstanding dish by itself – firm, sticky and full of flavours). On the surface it all sounds so simple, but in the greater scheme of things there is a wonderful complexity and harmony of ingredients. Simply divine!

 
<Megrelian Khancho with Tashmijab>
While we continue the theme of traditional Georgian cuisine of our order in between two tempting beef dishes on the menu, the Megrelian Khanco with Tashmijab was highly recommended by Mr. Tengo – the manager of the restaurant. You may get carried away by its mysterious long Georgian name but the beef tenderloin with walnut paste, sulguni cheese, mashed potato cooked in various spices are superbly well connected by offering the most satisfying palate for a beef dish. It is such a delicious dish where the walnuts and spices are two distinct voices in taste along with the tender meat.


<Roasted Gilt>
Gilt is a young female pig and the young pork belly is selectively butchered and fried with honey, accompanied with perfectly deep-fried vegetable croquettes and two different homemade sauces to tantalize your palate: capsicum sauce with peach and pomegranate sauce. The pork is seriously delicious, well charcoal grilled to the lightly burnt crust with an intense smoky flavour that is rustic and so tasty.


<Pumpkin Cake & Grapeskin Cake>
Considering how many surprises we had had already, we were expecting something beyond the normal realms of a pumpkin cake and this surely delivered. The presentation is fabulous, along with the tasty and crusty biscuit base, with the seeds studded on the top provides such a rich sweet/savoury flavour that we would not forget in a hurry! If you are not a fan of Churckhela that you find on every street market/shop (a traditional Georgian all day snacker candle-shaped candy with main ingredients made from grape must, different kinds of nuts and flour, dipped in thickened grape juice or fruit juices and dried in the shape of a sausage) then just by the look of it, Zala’s Grapeskin cake is a pleasant and delightful entry level for you to have a (premium) glimpse of what Churkhela would taste like – in a form of well presented cake. Simply irresistible!
  

The wine list is extensive and some are exclusive, but unless you have a deep knowledge on Georgian viticulture, then you need to be guided by the front of house team, as Georgian wines are so varied and you will not be familiar with grape varieties, so the number of choices is wide ranging.


You have to be brave and order by the glass so you will be able to try more than just one or two wines, as the selected wine list is from smaller family production vineyards, which in itself is another unique point of view that beautifully complements the food choices.
 

Two wines which stood out were the unfiltered 2018 Gurashvili's Kisi and 2017 Gurashvili's Mtsvane. Each of these dry white wines displayed a high viscosity like a dessert wine and exuded such unique characteristics on the palate.


They are aged in traditional clay pots – qvevri – which creates complex flavours and intense colours, originate from the Khaketi region with a long history and are known for being a heavy/complex wine.


Their newly renovated underground arched cellar houses its very own selective wines from different wine production regions in Georgia uniquely well paired with Chef Tsikolia’s creative and carefully crafted culinary food. If opportunity arises, do ask for your visit to its cellar where they will be hosting special events and wine tasting sessions over time.

 
We did not want this experience to end, but we had pushed our appetite to the limit to ensure that every noteworthy dish on the menu had been tried and there was not one missed opportunity because every dish had us in awe of the flavours and presentation.


Zala Restaurant & Cellar in totality is like a fine European dining scene but at a fraction of the price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket and the chef’s trademarked dishes are unique contributions with a combination of ingredients that no other restaurant is doing and they do not want to be copied.


Having one of the most wonderful dining experiences in Tbilisi, dining in Zala Restaurant & Cellar is second to none, the outstanding food already has a great deal of maturity, incredible tasty and well presented that will have you endlessly talking about it yet excited to see which wonderful dish is coming next.


Besides, they have proudly created Georgian fine dining at its best while making you welcome and relaxed with the interiors are a delight and make you feel that you are in a very special place. You would then gratefully thank yourself for making it here by finding this restaurant and dine to please.

 
Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 5/5
Food & Beverage: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Experience: 5/5
 
Zala Restaurant & Cellar
2, Belinski St,
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 599 190 124

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