Vilnius, the charming and historic capital of Lithuania, is a captivating city with a myriad of architectural styles and cobble stone streets, but with a youthful and bright disposition. Shortly after the fall of communism in the region, Vilnius was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, specifically the Historic Centre.
Political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the end of the 18th century, Vilnius has had a profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of eastern Europe. Despite invasions and partial destruction, it has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting.– UNESCO World Heritage Site
I truly enjoyed the city of Vilnius especially with its peaceful low key vibe, stunning architecture and the friendliness of the city. I also enjoyed the hearty and delicious cuisine that Lithuania had to offer, especially at Restoranas Lokys.
A Walk through Old Town Vilnius
I learned about Lokys from a walking tour that I took shortly after I flew in from Warsaw, Poland. One of the benefits of taking a Free Walking Tour is that you will receive insights and locations for magnificent 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.
—— On the Table ——
Noted as the Forrest Food House, many of the dishes revolve around berries, nuts, mushroom and game. Lokys menu combines old traditional Lithuanian recipes with modern cuisine, thanks to Rita, the restaurants chef and sommelier.
Olden Spiced Restaurant Wine
This traditional Lithuanian Sweet Wine is made with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. According to Lokys menu, “In the olden times it was believed that this drink had remedial qualities.”
Bread and Butter
I have eaten my share of bread and butter over my years and there is nothing else like it. Especially when you are offered freshly baked brown bread and herbed butter stars, like at Restoranas Lokys.
Lithuanian Cold Beetroot Soup
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.
Potato Cutlets with Game mean
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.
When my meal came to a closure, I finished it off in my typical fashion of espresso. Since my meal was quite heavy, I went all out with a double espresso. Then to top off my hospitable lunch at Lokys, my sweet server offered me a hospitality shot of liqueur.
🙏🏻 Bless the family who own this long running restaurant in Vilnius, as I was well taken care of at Restoranas Lokys- Cheers!
For restaurant information and location, please visit their website – Restoranas Lokys
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