When I dined in Vilnius, I dined well. The cuisine in Lithuania revolves around a heavier and natural food source such as meat, root vegetables, mushrooms, and berries. Everything was fresh and local, and my O-Type blood was fed quite well.
From eating a Hesburger with a travel day friend, to eating at the oldest restaurant in Vilnius- My list on “What I ate in Lithuania – A Food Journal”
Lunch at Lokys – Vilnius’s Oldest Family Run Restaurant
One of the benefits of taking a Free Walking Tour is that you will get insights, and locations for great restaurants with a bit of history. Our guide spoke about Lokys being the oldest family run restaurant in Vilnius, and I bookmarked it on my maps app. I had the intentions on returning, and returning I did.
Lokys has a terrific wine menu including local Lithuanian berry wines along, with international wines. I decided on the sweet wine with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger – In the olden times it was believed that this drink had medical qualities. I finished my meal with a double espresso, and was given a hospitality shot from my server. I was well taken care of at Lokys.
One Lithuanian dish that was on my must-try-list was this ‘Pretty in Pink’ Cold Beetroot Soup. This traditional dish was as flavorful as it was beautiful. If you enjoy vichyssoise or gazpacho, this cold beetroot soup should be on your soup bucket list.
For my main entrée, I decided on this hearty potato dish, as it was big enough for a main meal. These savory potato balls were filled with ground game meat, and were delectable. The potato cutlets were accompanied with a side of wild mushrooms and fresh sour cream, which made for a very flavorsome meal.
For restaurant information and location, please visit their website – Restoranas Lokys
For my full review – Restoranas Lokys | The Forrest Food House in Vilnius, Lithuania
Another Dose of Asian Food
If you are familiar with my blogs then you know that when I travel, I get an itch for Asian food. It could be my South East Asian roots, but once or twice a week I need some type of Asian food. When I came across Asia Vet restaurant in Vilnius, I was already over that one week mark. I went straight into the restaurant after I got off the train from the Hill of Crosses, and happily ordered this noodle dish.
The Vietnamese Food at Asia Viet Restaurant was very delicious and and flavorful. They offer a full menu of different dishes for inexpensive prices. My Stir-fried noodles with beef was €6.50. It was an amazing dish for the price, and my Asian food fix was met.
For restaurant information and location, please visit their Facebook page – Asia Viet Restaurant
Etno Dvaras in Vilnius was on my radar for places to eat while I was in Lithuania. It is one of the country’s most well known restaurants that offers traditional Lithuanian dishes for about 15 years. Etno Dvaras is the first restaurant in the country that has been certified by the Lithuanian Culinary Heritage Fund, and it is a place that is true to the art of ethnic culinary practices.
If you are to choose one restaurant for traditional Lithuanian dishes, I would suggest Etno Dvaras, considering its certification with the Lithuanian Cullinary Heritage Fund.
On the table:
- Honey Mushrooms with pickled honey, mushrooms, red onions, zucchini, and radishes.
- Zeppelins (potato dumplings) with cracklings
- Kvass, a fermented bread beverage
- Mushroom soup in a bread bowl.
For restaurant information and location, please visit their website – Etno Dvaras
For my complete restaurant review and story – Etno Dvaras | Traditional Cuisine in Vilnius, Lithuania
Kebab Burger With a New Friend
My new day friend, who I met after getting off the train in Siauliai, and I decided to grab a bite at Hesburger at the bus station. We had just finished checking out The Hill of Crosses , and were pretty famished. If you are a solo traveler then you understand what I mean about a day friend. For those who do not, it is simply a friend that you meet while traveling. They are another solo traveler whom you spend the day with, have a meal, and connect on social media after. Hesburger is where we decided to have a meal, before we went our separate ways and connected on social media.
I ordered the Kebab Burger, which is a kebab seasoned beef patty topped with jalapenos, and your typical onion, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. All folded in a pita bread, it was pretty decent for a fast food burger.
Hesburger is a fast food chain restaurant that is based out of Finland, and reaches well into the Baltic States. They offer environmentally sustainable food options, which does not surprise me from a food chain in this part of the world.
For more information, please visit their website – Hesburger
First Class Sandwich
This sandwich set set up was given to me while riding in the first class section from Vilnius to Siauliai, where you will find The Hill of Crosses. I was not expecting anything to eat, since most transportation in Eastern Europe does not offer complimentary food on first class sections- I was thankful!
The attendant did not speak a lot of English but she asked, chicken or fish? I replied fish not knowing what to expect, and was given this simple salmon salad sandwich on white bread. Not bad for being a pre-packaged sandwich. I washed it down with a caffe, and a little chocolate treat at the end.
Good food is good mood…
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