Exotic foods

Exotic Food: Best Ethnic Restaurants in Kyiv

Foreign cuisine in Kyiv has never been more popular than it is today. We’ve prepared a list of some of the more exotic foods in Kyiv: Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Pan-Asian and Indian.

The Ukrainian palette isn’t as eclectic as you’d imagine. Various types of foreign cuisine are still relatively new to most folks who live here. For instance, I’ve met people who haven’t tried Indian or Vietnamese food … crazy as it sounds! Hearing stories like these really reminds you of just how well off you are.

That being said, if you’re a foreigner living or traveling in Kyiv, at some point you’ll likely want to move away from (delicious as it all is) the borscht, potato dumplings, and salo.

So the next time you’re out, check out these places:

Chinese

Kitayskiy Privet
Address: Ivana Franka St, 7
Hours: 12pm – 11pm
Average bill: 250UAH

Kitayskiy Privet (translated to “Chinese Hello”) is a trendy place near the Golden Gate metro station. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the large portions of Chinese delicacy and the brightness of food. The restaurant is styled to look like a traditional Chinese cafe.

When I went, I ordered sweet and sour chicken and wonton soup because I hadn’t had these dishes in over a year. If I had to give it a score, I’d go w/a 7 of 10 on my personal quality scale, however where the restaurant shined was service and price. I didn’t have to wait very long to be served, the food came out quickly, and the bill was really cheap (even by Ukrainian prices). It’s a small place, and it was full when I went … so plan ahead and make a reservation.

BAO • Modern Chinese Cuisine
Address: Mechnykova St, 14/1
Hours: 12pm – 2am
Average bill: 800UAH

BAO opened its doors in 2016 and is a restaurant of modern Chinese cuisine run by celebrity chef Héctor Jiménez-Bravo. He was inspired by the culture and traditions of Asia, so he decided to recreate a small part of its culture in the heart of Historical Kyiv. The number one attraction in BAO is an open kitchen concept where you can watch the cooks prepare your food. It’s a bit upscale having really nice ambience and generally well-dressed clientele. It’s also a bit pricy, but the absolute best Chinese food you’ll get in Kyiv.

Kitaika
Address: Zolotoustivska St, 16
Hours: 12pm – 11pm
Average bill: 250UAH

Pan-Asian restaurant that serves Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Chinese food. Note: the facility is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians. An excellent option for lunch with friends. No-frills interior, affordable prices and there’s a summer terrace, where you can easily imagine yourself having lunch out in one of the streets of an Asian city.

Japanese

Noodle vs Marketing
Address: Khrestovyi Ln, 8/9
Hours: 11pm – 3:30pm and 5:30pm – 9pm
Average bill: 100UAH

This is a popular ramen shop and one of the first single product restaurants in Kyiv. Ramen is a Japanese dish made of broth and wheat noodles. In Noodle vs Marketing, the chefs are personally involved in the daily making of fresh noodles and sauces. Their concept of limiting their marketing means they concentrate on the main concept – tasty Ramen.

Menya Musashi
Hours: 11am – 11pm
Average bill: 200UAH

A chain of Japanese ramen shops is now opened in Kyiv. Musashi chain has 4 spots in Kyiv and 836 restaurants around the world. It’s been rated as #2 of “10 must visit ramen shops in Tokyo. In any of Musashi restaurants in Kyiv you can enjoy a true international quality for the reasonable price.

Mr. ZUMA
Address: Esplanadna St, 1
Hours: 12PM – 2AM
Average bill: 800UAH

There’s no need to visit Tokyo if you are willing to enjoy some modern Japanese cuisine here and now. Japanese Chef Daisuke Yoshizaki is here to amaze you with the most authentic Japanese food with a touch of latest gastronomic trends. He created an incredible menu full of the most beautiful and tasty Japanese food in Ukraine.

Vietnamese

Tin Tin
Address: Viacheslava Lypynskoho Street, 15
Hours: 12PM – 1AM
Average bill: 200UAH

Vietnamese restaurant-bar, whose name is similar to the Vietnamese phrase — tính tiền, meaning “ask for a bill”. Paying respect to the Vietnamese culture and the most popular mode of transportation in Vietnam (bicycle) owners opened this restaurant on the territory of the Kiev Cycling Track. In addition, the walls are decorated with illustrations of the eponymous comic book character Tintin.

Vietnamskiy Privet
Address: Bessarabs’ka Square, 2
Hours: 12PM – 9PM
Average bill: 150UAH

Vietnamskiy Privet (Vietnamese Hello) is a trendy street-food spot from the owners of the Kitayskiy Privet. Located in the Bessarabsky Market. Chefs are Vietnamese and servers are local. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine has been little bit adapted according to local guests’ preferences.

Korean

Arirang
Address: Antonovycha St, 160
Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Average bill: 300UAH

Arirang is the oldest Korean restaurant in Ukraine, it was opened in 1998. You can find more than 100 authentic dishes and drinks in the menu. South Korean chef M. Pak cooks only according to traditional recipes, so all the portions are pretty large and spicy. A pleasant bonus you can get here is free (3 and up to 6) appetizers for free once you are ordering a main course.

Indian

Himalaya
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska St, 80
Hours: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Average bill: 400UAH

The oldest Indian restaurant in Ukraine located in the downtown of Kyiv. Himalaya was opened back in 1997. Initially, it was located on Kreshchatik street, but during the revolution in 2013 moved to its current address.
Interior if full of silk fabric elements, light tones, handmade decorations, statues of gods, etc. The chef is a native Indian who was thoroughly collecting recipes from different regions of his country. One of the main features of Himalaya is that a lot of dishes are being cooked in tandoor oven. It’s better to book a table in advance.

Sutra
Address: Proviantska St, 3
Hours: 5PM – 11:30PM
Average bill: 600UAH

“Sutra” is a luxury Indian restaurant. The name in Sanskrit means “aphorism” and considered as a “set of wise sayings”. Everything is dedicated to the culinary traditions of India. “Sutra” is full of fairy tales and legends, and every element of the interior has some historical meaning. Visiting this place feels like visiting an Indian palace or a temple.

Podil East India Company
Address: Mezhyhirska St, 9
Hours: 11AM – 2AM
Average bill: 200UAH

Bringing you the best of the East right to Kyiv! PEAC serves Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian and other South-East Asian food and drinks adapted to local preferences. The restaurant will appeal to those who would like to learn more about Oriental cuisine, but not yet ready for 100% exotic. Amazing food and a great cocktail-bar with several classic East Indian alcoholic drinks.