I’ve sung the praises of the Asian ethnic cuisines available in Amsterdam on this blog in the past. Another unexpected, and quite pleasant, aspect of Amsterdam’s culinary scene is the opportunity to try foods from other parts of Europe that I’ve had no previous exposure to. Over the last week or two, one new food idea has been forcing it’s way into my imagination: Khinkali. I first heard about this dish at a Fusion dumpling pop up dinner hosted by the excellent Pinch. Khinkali are Georgian version of dumplings. Existing somewhere between pierogi and Chinese soup dumplings, khinkali possess the hearty doughy substance of the former and the half-soup half-meat filling of the latter.
After hearing about this dish for the first time, it was suddenly all over the place. A group I am a part of on Facebook posted that a new restaurant had just opened in Amsterdam specializing in Georgian food. This restaurant is Batoni Khinkali.
So I rolled over to Oost with my friend Zivile on Saturday night to try this place and this dish, khinkali. Lucky for me, they were also doing a one day special dish, Atcharuli Khachapuri. More on that later.
What I told my friend at the end of the meal was basically, “Wow, that really felt like home cooking.” and that is a HUGE compliment from me. This food was made with love, and I felt like I was eating in a Georgian couple’s living room rather than a restaurant. I promise you I’ll be back to Batoni Khinkali and I’d recommend anyone to check it out.