Armenia is a landlocked country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads of Asian and Europe, this country has a rich history that goes beyond the recorded history age. The country’s food and beverages reflect the history and the traditional elements. Armenians cuisine can perhaps trace its origins and roots way back, almost 2000 years. It has elements and influences from the Mediterranean Cuisine and Eastern European elements. Armenian food makes uses of vegetables, various spices, herbs, meats, fruits and fish.
Armenians are known for their skillful and delicious use of meat in their cuisine. Some of the famous meat preparations you should dig into are:
Top Armenian Dishes:
Khorovats – Meat Barbecue
Kyufta - tender meat balls boiled in broth
Dolma - stuffed grape leaves
Borani - fried chicken with aubergines
Tisvzhik - fried beef cooked with onion, tomato paste, salt and pepper
Bastyrat - strips of boiled beef
Armenia’s cognac is world renowned. It matches the standards of French and Italian cognacs and wine. The world-renowned cognac brands are “Ararat”, “Great Valley”, “Mane” and “Armenika”. Armenia grows six varieties of grapes for its wine. Perfect climatic conditions allow Armenia to produce unique desert and “sherry” wines. Armenian vodka, “Artsakh” is a highly popular and strong drink produced from the classic white mulberry and other berries. Sour milk, Matsun is a popular fermented milk product that has health benefits. Coffee is widely consumed and appreciated in the country. Armenians prepare coffee in a pot on live embers or red-hot sand. The taste of the coffee is very strong with a thick dark colour and is often served with a glass of ice water.
Famous Armenian Restaurants
Most of Armenia’s remarkable restaurants is focused around the capital - Yerevan. Here is the list of famous Armenian restaurants:
Dolmama – Informally considered as “Armenia’s best restaurant”, Dolmama specializes in eastern Armenian dishes which includes its namesake dolma. Sounds tantalizing? Don’t miss visiting this joint!
Location: 10 Pushkin Street, Yerevan
Contact: +374 10 561354
The Club – French cuisine with a French twist and deserts to die for.
Location: 40 Tumanyan Street, Yerevan
Contact: +374 10 531361
Malkhas Jazz Club – For those who want to enjoy excellent food over sublime Jazz.
Location: 52/1 Pushkin Street, Yerevan
Contact: +374 10 535350
Other popular restaurants:
Kovkas Tavern: Location – 82 Hanrapetutyan Street, Yerevan Contact - +374 10 56177
Mer Taghe: Location – 21/1 Tumanyan Street, Yerevan Contact - +374 10 58016
Tourists from Middle East countries can also enjoy halal food in the country’s capital at Liban, Taboule Lebanese Restaurant, Jaco Cafe Restaurant and Arya Restaurant Yerevan.