Batoni Khinkali Amsterdam brings georgia to amsterdam
Levan Tskhadadze came years ago as an ambitious clarinet student to beautiful Amsterdam to study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He left his birthplace Georgia behind, but could not forget about all the Georgian delicacies. And so the young Levan decided to cook himself. He started making khinkali (Georgian dumplings) as his grandmother always did when he was little. After ten years of making khinkali in his own kitchen, friend Maarten den Hengst convinced Levan to sell his dumplings on food markets. Together with Gvantsa Liparteliani they sold a lot of Georgian food on the food markets, after which the pop-up Batoni Khinkali Amsterdam was soon created. That pop-up turned out to be such a success that he has now opened his own restaurant. Good job!
It may be clear that Levan loves his Georgia immensely. A man to my heart!
the dishes at Batoni Khinkali are mouth-watering good
Good, Georgian snacks! Think of Pkhali; three different vegan starters with eggplant, sweet pepper and beans mixed with walnuts, fenugreek, saffron and many spices.
Khinakli; dumplings with meat (pork and beef), caraway, red onions, pepper and salt, with cheese and mint and with mushrooms and coriander. In the weekend you can also go for the ‘specials’.
Acharuli khachapuri; the so-called cheese boat! Dough in a boat form baked in the oven where at the end of the baking time egg and a little butter is added.
In addition to the typical Georgian dishes, you also have to try the Georgian wine. The wine you can order from Batoni Khinkali is Georgian kvevri wine. Kvevri is an earthen pot in which the wine is fermented. In 2012, Kvervi came on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the world’s oldest fermentation tradition, which until now is used in Georgia. Worth a try ;-)
The interior at Batoni Khinkali Amsterdam has a cozy touch and can not be compared to the authentic Georgian khinkali restaurants. Although the love that Levan has for his country certainly shows. There are pictures of Tbilisi and a five meter long poster of a Georgian painter from the 19th century; Niko Pirosmani.
Nice: the name Batoni Khinkali literally means ‘Mister Dumpling’!
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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