For Those Really Really into the Olympics – Mari Vanna adding three traditional Sochi dishes to their menu – Plus Get a Free Shot and Food Feb. 7

by Prince Of Petworth January 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments

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From a press release:

“Russian eatery Mari Vanna will honor the city of Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympic games by adding three, traditional Sochi dishes to their menu. On Friday, February 7th from 6 to 9pm, the Dupont hotspot will also kick off the games with an Olympics happy-hour, offering all sports fans a complimentary vodka shot and free bites from a pirozhki tasting station.

Sochi is one of the few cities in Russia that has its own unique, multicultural cuisine, with influences from bordering Georgia. During the 16-days of the Olympics, Washingtonians will enjoy: 1) Shish Kabob ($22), cubes of marinated beef, 2) Solyanka Soup ($11), a spicy soup with cuts of meat and chopped vegetables, and 3) Khachapuri ($21), a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread.”

Photos of the three Sochi dishes after the jump.

Mari Vanan Sochi Shish Kabob by Joy Asico
Sochi-inspired Shish Kabob Photo credit: Joy Asico

Mari Vanna - Sochi Khachapuri by Joy Asico
Sochi-inspired Solyanka Soup Photo credit: Joy Asico

Mari Vanna Sochi Solyanka Soup by Joy Asico
Sochi-inspired Khachapuri Photo credit: Joy Asico

  • Anonymous

    The captions are messed up. The second photo is the khatchapuri.

    Do people in Sochi actually eat khatchapuri? I would love to find a good place for khatchapuri, especially adjaruli khatchapuri in DC, but I somehow doubt this will be it.

    • JoeOn3rd

      Sochi was once a part of Georgia until Russia took it (and many other parts of Georgia) over, so there is a sizable Georgian population there that loves its staple dish of khatchapuri. As for DC options….Levante’s is owned by an Azerbaijani who was born in Marneuli, Georgia. They have Katchapuri, Khinghali and Teliani Valley wine.

      • andy2

        NO WAY – khatchapuri in DC? Love Georgia and Georgian food – putting that on my list of places to go in the near future – lactose intolerance be damned!

        • K

          The xachipuri at Levantes is okay – it’s not on the menu, but if you order it, they’ll bring it out. Though it’s not as good as what you would get elsewhere, I’m just happy I have the option.

  • Anonymous

    Man, love Mari Vanna, but their prices… maybe this will justify my 2014 visit to the restaurant.


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