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|Address:||39 Chepstow Place, London W2 4TS|
|Tel:||020 3589 4523|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £59.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 6pm-12M Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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Now this is refreshing. Colchis balances slick decor and menu with a very unpretentious, relaxed attitude. We also found Georgian food the perfect comfort food for a freezing London night. However comfort in this case doesn't mean thick, grubby stodge. The food is quiet refined and well thought through. We started off with ham and figs and despite the figs being a bit out of season the ham was outstanding. The beans with bacon and cheese bread were a good starting point: full of flavour but not so overwhelming that you wouldn't taste the nuttiness of the beans. We had lamb stew and kebabs for mains and they were also very well executed. The lamb cooked with aubergine and thyme was tender and sweet. The kebabs were accompanied by two excellent spicy sauces that arrived in two separate pots. Great care is taken in the presentation of the dishes and this is a plus. The portions are very generous. We washed it all down with a caraffe of Georgian red and a bottle of Georgian sparklin water that we are told comes from Stalin's favorite spa (some achievement!). The service was good, friendly and competent. We had drinks at the bar and the Italian bartender does mix a mean Negroni. The dinidng room is very relaxing and being a jazz fan I appreciated the not obvious choices of background music. The only fault we could find was a slightly too long wait between apetizers and main courses but you can excuse that as the restaurant has been opened only three weeks and it is inevitable that they might have some teething problems. However we had a very pleasant night out, the food was new, the wine good and we really enjoyed ourselves. Colchis is relatively new and we think will become a destination for foodies looking for something different. We certainly go back and bring friends with us.