Georgian Dishes at Aragvi Restaurant

Located at 832 Sheppard Ave W in North York

This restaurant blew my socks off!  Despite the high ratings on urbanspoon that this restaurant earned, I never expected the food to be THIS good!  I definitely recommend a visit to this probably-overlooked restaurant in North York.

My friend Jen and I chose to catch up Aragvi Restaurant.  Having spent some time in Ukraine, Jen was well-versed in Russian and even had a short and friendly conversation with the owners of the restaurant in Russian!  Jen told me that they speak not only Russian but Georgian as well.  Speaking of which, Aragvi Restaurant (based on their website) boasts themselves as the only authentic Georgian restaurant in Ontario.  That’s a big deal!  I have never had Georgian food before and this was definitely a treat!

It’s not a big restaurant but feels cozy inside

We ordered two appetizers and two entrées that we decided to share.  Our table was small and when everything arrived, it was piled full of delicious and tasty food!  The pictures don’t do the food any justice because the taste of the food was absolutely incredible and amazing.

Jen chose the Russian-style Herring appetizer, which she told me was a classic raw fish appetizer.  I was very curious, thinking that raw fish must meant sashimi of some kind.  When it arrived, red onions piled high on top of a plate with black olives and herring seasoned with dill and olive oil.  It was already set up into sections and easy to eat.  Wow!  It tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before.  It was like raw fish except with some great dill seasoning and the fish flesh was very smooth.  I really liked it!

Russian-style Herring. $7.50
-served with red onion, olive oil, dill, & black olives

I ordered the Satsivi because its description said that it was a “famous Georgian specialty”!  I always go for the most popular and well-known dishes when I’m eating new food, so I was excited to try it.  Satsivi means “cold dish” in Georgian and also is also known as “walnut sauce”.  It arrived in a cute little red pot that was deep in walnut sauce with the chicken morsels embedded into it.  To my surprise, the restaurant was generous with the portions and there was a lot of chicken in there!  Also to my surprise, the chicken pieces were all very tender and smooth.  I was a little afraid that they would be rough and hard to eat!  I was very impressed with this dish too.  There was so much walnut sauce leftover that it makes me think that people eat this appetizer with bread?

Satsivi. $12
-famous Georgian specialty! Chicken in walnut sauce

Up next, we got our entrées!  I was SO impressed with this restaurant that I have nothing but good things to say about the rest of the meal.  Jen ordered the cabbage rolls and gave one for me to try.  It was very hearty and filling!  The cabbage roll was stuffed with lamb, beef, rice, and spices.  It was soft and yummy. :)

Cabbage Rolls. $12
-3 delicious home-made cabbage rolls stuffed with beef, lamb, rice, and spices

For my entrée, I couldn’t believe how amazing it tasted.  I chose the Beef Stroganoff.  Its description says that it’s a classic cream-based stew made with filet mignon, mushrooms, and onions.  Even though this is such a classic dish and I’ve heard of it before, I don’t think I’ve actually ever had it before!  It came in a pan-like dish and didn’t look appetizing at all.  Boy, was I surprised!  A side of potatoes also came with the meal.  The Beef Stroganoff had the bestest tasting filet mignon pieces with the creamiest sauce and mushrooms!  It was so, so, so mouth-wateringly delicious.  This is definitely something you need to try in order to know what I’m talking about.  Neither words nor pictures does this dish any justice!

Beef Stroganoff. $16
-classic cream-based stew made with filet mignon, mushrooms, & onions

Yum!! Favourite!

A small restaurant that you might miss as it’s located in a semi-run-down-looking plaza strip

All in all, I was super duper impressed and happy with this restaurant.  I had never tried Georgian food before and this was definitely a fantastic experience.  It also helped that Jen had had Russian food before and could tell that this was authentic Georgian food.  I’m super grateful that she ordered the Russian-style herring dish; she even said that it tastes the same as how they make it in Ukraine!  I absolutely loved my Beef Stroganoff dish too. :)

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16 Responses to Georgian Dishes at Aragvi Restaurant

  1. waelben2000 says:

    I remember going there and I ate khachapuri. They have some good food. Just not professional environment though. It feels weird being there. http://waelben2000.wordpress.com/

  2. andy1076 says:

    I’ve never had Georgian style food but everything looks so good!! :9

  3. Clarence Lau says:

    Been to Aragvi twice. Definitely a gem of a restaurant! Glad it blew your socks off,..more people need to know about this place! Downside is that its in a crummy-ish area and very few parking spaces.

    • stenoodie says:

      Yes, I agree! I can’t believe how delicious the food is! Definitey a gem as you say. :) I agree… the surrounding area isn’t very pleasant and I felt so lucky to get a parking spot when I got there! Lol

  4. Pauline says:

    Sounds delicious, Karen! This is one of the many reasons, I love this city! Who knew who could have such an authentic meal in a city in North America?! I’ve never had Georgian food before, so I will definitely put this one on the list of “where to eat in TO next” :p Thanks for the recommendation!

    • stenoodie says:

      Thank you for the comment, Pauline! You are so right. We are so blessed to live in this city with all the amazing food options! Definitely let me know what you think of it when you go! :)

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  7. David says:

    Well, having lived in Georgia for a few years I am looking forward to try out this restaurant. Although the herring and Beef Stroganoff are Russian dishes, The cabbage rolls look Azeri, what leaves only the satsivi as a Georgian dish. Well known for sure, but it’s far from being among the most famous georgian dishes. This honor goes to khachapuri (kind of a cheese pie) and khinkalis (meat dumplings). You should try those two dishes!

    • stenoodie says:

      Hey David! Thanks for leaving me such a detailed comment! You’ll have to let me know more about Georgian dishes for sure since you lived there for a few years! This was my first time having Russian food (at least from what I can remember), so I apologize for not knowing what everything is! :)

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