I certainly enjoyed Vilnius, the capital city Lithuania, especially with its peaceful low key vibe, stunning architecture, and the friendliness of the city. I also enjoyed the hearty and traditional cuisine that Lithuania had to offer, especially at the delicious Restoranas Lokys- The Forrest Food House.
I learned about Lokys from a walking tour of Vilnius. One of the benefits of taking a walking tour in any city 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 even though simple 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 radar was this very 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, and it was big enough for a main meal. These savory potato balls were filled with ground game meat and were delectable. This potato dish was 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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