I read about it in a magazine when I was in another cosmopolitan restaurant in town, the Portuguese one called Bobbins.
As regular visitors to Lithuania over the last 10 years my friend Terry and I decided we had to pay it a visit, if only to refresh ourselves with some Švyturys beer.
So after having a coffee in award-winning coffee shop Bellissimo round the corner we went for some lunch.
We were made very welcome and despite my rusty Lithuanian (it’s been almost two years since I last went to Lithuania) it was nice to hear it spoken again and on the radio in the background.
There is a comprehensive menu in Lithuanian and English with all the food we were familiar with from Lithuania including Cepelinai (dumplings shaped like and named after Zeppelins but officially re-named – to get rid of words of foreign origin – as didžkukuliai).
My friend Terry chose a chicken salad and I had Balandėliai, cabbage leaves with a meat filling accompanied by mashed potato.
We were the only customers on a Friday lunchtime but were told it is busier at the weekend.
So a nice surprise and and an enjoyable meal bringing back memories of our times in Vilnius and Kaunas.
The food is similar in many ways to what they eat in Ukraine, for example my dish translates as dove and is the same in Ukrainian (голуб) as it looks like a bird with folded wings. It is also used in Lithuania to describe a couple who are acting like love-birds!
Anyway we plan to take our Ukrainian friends there next time we see them.
For further information on aspects of Lithuania see Man Patinka Lietuva