The Best Places in Kiev to Try Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev and mashed potatoes
Chicken Kiev and mashed potatoes | © Bev Sykes / WikiCommons
Maria Sibirtseva

It is easy to find an eatery in Kiev that serves Chicken Kiev. However, it is much more complicated to find one cooked just right. Preparing the tender fillet with a piece of butter inside requires professional skills in order to create the incredible and unique taste of this world-famous delicacy. Here’s a guide to the best places to try Chicken Kiev when you are in the Ukrainian capital.

1. Chicken Kyiv

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

The main dish that represents modern Ukrainian cuisine is undoubtedly Chicken Kiev. It is already a popular food in many restaurants of London and New York, so perhaps not surprisingly, the Ukrainian capital has a restaurant of the same name. Chicken Kyiv is located in a cosy square in the city centre and is decorated in a Soviet modernist style. In addition to other popular local dishes, it serves a delicious cutlet, prepared according to the classic recipe.

2. Sho

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

Sho opened in spring 2018 and has quickly become a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike. Owners claim that it is the largest restaurant serving Ukrainian cuisine. Here, you can find all the traditional dishes, from borscht and vareniki (filled dumplings) to deruny (potato pancakes) and Chicken Kiev. The speciality is offered with mashed potatoes (puree in Ukrainian) and onions. The taste of it is perfect, thus you’re definitely likely to make a return visit.

3. Kanapa

Restaurant, European

Located on Andrew’s Descent, one of Kiev’s most famous streets, Kanapa perfectly reflects the area’s historic and creative significance by serving modern reinterpretations of traditional Eastern European dishes. Thus, Chicken Kiev with egg and cheese sauce was transformed into a course, ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner by Kanapa’s chef (recently mentioned in the Michelin Guide). In general, the restaurant is reminiscent of the literary salons of the 19th century: your meal may be accompanied by chamber music or a book reading, and all the artwork on the walls is for sale.

4. Rebra & Kotlety

Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, European

Located in the ancient Podol area, Rebra & Kotlety is another spot to enjoy a proper Chicken Kiev, one of their signature dishes. They serve a large variety of the cutlets that cannot be found anywhere else. There’s a classic filling with butter and dill, an unusual combination with spinach, and even the one and only option in the whole city — Chicken Kiev with salmon and nori seaweed. Not by chance, Rebra & Kotlety is a gastro hotspot that surprises visitors with the unique flavours of its dishes.

5. Puzata Hata

Bistro, European

Puzata Hata is a large chain of cafés. With locations in almost every district of Kiev, it is extremely easy to find. The restaurant offers traditional Ukrainian dishes like borscht and salo (pork fat), and it is a place where you can eat delicious food and spend half as much as in any other eatery in Kiev. So, if you’re looking for a cheap but good Chicken Kiev, Puzata Hata should be on your list.

6. Ostannya Barykada

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European

Ostannya Barykada is a unique place in Kiev that resembles Lviv’s popular restaurant Kryivka in terms of its colour and atmosphere. The menu features modern Ukrainian gastronomy, and the bar serves only Ukrainian-sourced alcoholic beverages. Here, you can try vareniki, local whiskey and marbled meat, and amazing Chicken Kiev, made of tender Ukrainian poultry. Moreover, Ostannya Barykada combines art and food, and you can listen to live music performed by local bands in the evenings.

7. Pervak

Restaurant, European

Pervak is a restaurant in the centre of Kiev with an authentic Ukrainian interior, the details of which are stunning. Eight rooms on two levels are distinguished by a thoughtful design, while the menu combines Ukrainian, Jewish, and European culinary traditions. It is the right spot to come for local colour and an unforgettable experience. Among the signature dishes are borscht with salo and pampushki (fritters). However, don’t leave Pervak without trying their Chicken Kiev accompanied by rich puréed potatoes.

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