When it comes to gastronomic experience in Tbilisi with high standards and meticulous service, the Georgian capital offers a limited choice of restaurants to satisfy the inner connoisseur in you. The newly opened restaurant in Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences is precisely that – a perfect place for a fancy dinner out with stunning views all over the city, where meals are absolutely divine, and the service is very conscientious.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the property, but all opinions are, as always, my own.
What is Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences
Before I get into tidbits of the restaurant review, I’d like to explain what Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences is, where it’s located, and why you should visit.
The name already speaks for itself – Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences is a massive complex outside of Tbilisi, around 20-30 minute drive from the city center offering a golf course and residential buildings within its 331 hectares of land.
It’s an Estonian-Georgian project bringing top-notch designers and architects from Poland, Estonia, and Finland to create a unique venue in Georgia.
The residential area is still under construction, but if you are a golf-lover or enthusiast who’d love to learn how to play, the golf club is already open and ready for guests. You can call and book an introductory lesson.
There are two ways to get to the venue – one newly cut road through Krtsanisi District and one from Rustavi highway. If you’d like to have a glimpse at the whole complex, I would suggest going through Krtsanisi District while driving from Rustavi highway will bring you sooner to the restaurant.
What makes Tbilisi Hills restaurant so special
The elegantly designed restaurant has both inside and outside seating areas. The bar offers all sorts of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks along with only a couple of tables inside. The terrace, on the other hand, is quite spacious with stunning panoramic views over Tbilisi.
The main reason why Tbilisi Hills restaurant is exceptional is the fact that its resident Chef is Estonian, well-known cook Vladislav Djatšuk, holder of the Chef of the year and Bocuse d’Or Estonia selection 1st place awards.
“A little bit of humor, love, and salt“ – this is how Vlad describes gastronomy.
He is behind their menu and comes to Tbilisi every two months to renew the meals and offer new tastes and flavors to Georgian customers. Vladislav believes that a good meal is an emotional experience that should make a visitor happy.
Vladislav came to Tbilisi in May 2019 for the first time and said that the country’s cuisine and culture blew him away. He has heard about Georgia’s gastronomy in the past, but experiencing it and trying different meals from various regions was a whole different adventure.
With the menu of Tbilisi Hills, he wanted to introduce Estonian cuisine to the Georgian audience and create a new, exciting menu incorporating Georgian flavors and meals.
“I am meticulous about culinary details, fundamental techniques, and cuisine that delivers the very best products of the earth to the table.”
Unique events at Tbilisi Hills restaurant
Occasionally, Tbilisi Hills restaurant hosts exclusive events to its customers. I was one of the guests to attend one of such evenings dedicated to the first Bocuse d’Or competition held in Georgia.
Bocuse d’Or is an annual world chef championship held at the end of January in Lyon, France. Also referred to as the Culinary Olympics, it is the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions lasting for two days at the SIRHA International Hotel.
The Bocuse d’Or dinner at Tbilisi Hills was a four-hands event featuring meals prepared by two chefs – Vladislav Djatšuk and Levan Kobiashvili, a famous chef and the President of Bocuse d’Or Georgia.
This one-time exclusive dinner presented culinary masterpieces from both chefs – Vladislav’s meals had a European touch, while Levans’ was primarily focused around Georgian flavors. The menu included two meals per course, except for one – hot appetizer. It was quite interesting to try two different schools at one dinner.
I am definitely not a food critique, nor give myself the right to judge their work. I am here to offer you my experience, so here it is: I don’t like beetroot in any shape, form, or cooking style. And when I saw the first appetizer in the menu to be beetroot, I cringed inside, to be honest. When served, I decided to give it a try… and I ate the whole thing!
The presentation of each meal was absolutely phenomenal; photos speak for itself! I can’t even describe nor comment on the absolute balance of the flavors in each meal!
How to attend events at Tbilisi Hills
To attend the various events hosted at Tbilisi Hills restaurant, you’ll need to be their golf club member, a resident, or a “project supporter.” Otherwise, you can visit the restaurant without prior reservations from Wednesdays till Sundays any time from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant offers cocktails, drinks, and sandwiches.