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The Jury of the 2015 SALT® Awards Saveliy Libkin Restaurateur

Mykhailo Zelman Restaurateur

A successful Ukrainian restaurateur, columnist, adherent of the Odesa culture. The owner of the famous Compote, the Odesa “Dacha“ (Country Cottage), the Deribasivska Street main restaurant ‘Steakhouse. Meat and Wine’, a restaurant Tavernetta, and several other projects. The author of My Odesa Cuisine and Odesa

Mykhailo Zelman worked at the Russian Commodity Exchange and came into its history as the youngest broker. In 1999 he opened his first restaurant “San Michel“, in the early 2000s founded the company “Arpikom“ which today unites more than 30 establishments in Moscow, London, Kyiv and Zurich. Now Mykhailo Zelman lives in Great Britain and is among the top 100 most influential figures working in the restaurant industry of the country. His Global Craftsmen Group includes more than 15 restaurants of Burger & Lobster chain (including those franchised), three restaurants Goodman, Zelman Meats and Beast, which serve only the Norwegian crabs and beef from Nebraska. There function “The School of Mykhailo Zelman’s Success“ and the mono-product consulting, which are based on the monoproduct philosophy and focused on giving the restaurateurs and chefs a practical experience and knowledge.

Feast from Pryvoz to Deribasivska. Saveliy Libkin has been working in the restaurant industry since 1981, and his first café PanPizza was opened in Odesa in 1993. Tavernetta Odesa www.tavernetta.ua “Dacha“ (Country Cottage) Odesa www.dacha.com.ua Steakhouse. Meat and Wine Odesa www.steak.od.ua Compote Odesa, Kyiv www.kompot.ua

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The Jury of the 2015 SALT® Awards

“The restaurant market in Ukraine has seen two positive trends: some successful chefs open their restaurants and there are significant projects beyond the familiar Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv. The SALT® Awards as one of the quality indicators will continue to focus on the restaurants that support a real cuisine and give a new impetus to the regional gastronomic culture. I vote for the restaurants and chefs that form a gastronomic image of this county and abandon the proSoviet clichés in favor of the present-day Ukrainian cuisine.“

“I am impressed by how in Ukraine the restaurateurs love their work and how enthusiastically they do it. In my opinion, the most important step of the industry now is to make the restaurants available and dispel the myth about elitism of the restaurant business. The trend of local and affordable food presented in original way, and not only in the city center but also in the remote districts, – in that is the future.“

Burger & Lobster London, New York, Sweden, Dubai, Kuwait www.burgerandlobster.com Goodman London www.goodmanrestaurants.com Beast London www.beastrestaurant.co.uk Zelman Meats London www.zelmanmeats.com

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National Cuisine Hіnkalnya

Vadym Kostenko

“Hіnkalnya” is a network of eating establishments in Ukraine, and one restaurant in Poland. “Hіnkalnya” offers only Georgian cuisine. Especially for the guests, a Lviv artist drew instructions on how to properly eat khinkali, spiced dishes of dumpling dough, which are like “knots”. Here is a concise one-page menu, at the same time once a month one of the dishes is replaced with something new. Chefs of the network are only Georgians. The corporate style of “Hіnkalnya” is an ancient pattern of Georgian embroidery. Its elements were used in the menu’s and restaurant’s design. The transformable furniture and aged screens allow to quickly adapt the space for big companies. In the institution a pleasant Georgian music is played.

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Located in the center, the restaurant Vintage Nouveau, however, helps guests to relax from the daily bustle. The cuisine is creative, dishes are made from organic products purchased at the farms. On the menu are an appetizer of marinated sturgeon with cheese Woerden and baked bell pepper, a hot appetizer of porcini mushrooms, dried meat with cream cheese and cherry tomatoes confit with vanilla; from desserts are millefeuille, lemon tart. The restaurant has a large wine cellar with around 400 international wines. Vintage Nouveau consists of three halls, which style organically combines modern and old: black-and-white photos, a clock, candlesticks. In the design of walls and ceilings prevail restrained colors. Everywhere are placed pots and vases with flowers. There is a summer terrace.

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CONFECTIONERY Cukiernia

Lesia Ionova

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Confectionery «Veronica» offers European and national cuisine. It has its own pastry shop that produces more than 40 kinds of handmade candies. In the hall showcase is a wide range of sweets: curd and berry pies, cookies and cakes. And also 12 kinds of ice cream of own production. In the «Veronica» they bake bread using organic whole-wheat flour, sunflower seeds and nuts (with dates, honey, smoked foods and garlic). Here is an abundance of dishes on the menu. For breakfast are croissants with jam or honey, omelets, pancakes, fresh juices. Besides Ukrainian potato pancakes, dumplings and borsch, the chef will offer French specialties with foie gras and other Mediterranean dishes. The wine list has the best wines from Australia, Italy, Chile. The interior is in the style of Viennese cafés of the 19th century, with reproductions of paintings of that time and vintage show-cupboards.

The Lviv “Cukiernia” (Confectionery) offers a variety of home-made pastries and desserts. On the menu are pies, cakes, cheese cakes, strudels, cookies, candies, ice cream, light desserts. To the sweets they offer a wide range of natural coffee brewed according to original recipes, hot chocolate, tea and juices. Also in “Cukiernia” it is possible to order breakfast or dinner (European cuisine). The confectionery has three halls with small tables. The first hall has a small shop window where you can select and buy confectionery to take away. There is also a summer terrace with a few tables. The interior resembles an appartment stylized to look antique. On the shelves are small cups, a vintage cash register. In “Cukiernia” it is possible to order a cake, especially for a festive occasion.

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Rodizio is a popular tradition of serving Brazilian cuisine, which is also called “eat as much as you like”. Steakhouse Grill do Brasil operates in this format. A guest selects an unlimited number of salads, appetizers, hot dishes, and a gaucho chef serves more than 14 kinds of meat specialties from the grill. A tables reserve is provided in the concept, because “no limit meat” starts only twice a day – at 19:00 and 21:00. The compilation of the wine list and supply of wines is in charge of the company Good Wine. The meat is only from Ukrainian producers, no long transportation or freezing. The open, without interior partitions, space of the restaurant was decorated by Italian designers with stylized rock paintings. Here children under 6 years of age are fed free of charge, children from 6 to 10 receive a 50% discount for Rodizio.

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GoodMan steak houses is an international chain of restaurants which are open in Russia, Ukraine, the UK and Switzerland. It is a place where the meat is loved and appreciated. In the Kyiv steak house, classic steaks of excellent beef are cooked: juicy Rib Eye steak, serious “Chateaubriand” (made of marble meat), fragrant “New York”. Special breed calves are grown in ecologically clean regions of Australia and Argentina. Steaks are roasted on natural coals in josper. The degree of roasting is recommended and selected for each steak. In GoodMan they are sure that the steak is not just food, it’s a lifestyle; so here are held original steak-classes for meat lovers. These include the theory, practice and tasting. The interior is made in the best American traditions: quiet classics, without deliberate cowboy style.

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The creator and owner of the coffee center Roman Ponomarov is an acting judge of many international coffee competitions. FairFinch can be divided into several zones: coffee shop, tasting room, roasting room, shop and school. Entering FairFinch, visitors immediately notice a big coffee machine and baristas who can make any coffee from the beans of their own imports. For dessert you can order eclairs from Musse Confectionery – with Madagascar vanilla, crème fraîche, couverture chocolate and fresh seasonal berries. Perhaps, this is the first place in Ukraine where you can buy everything for the preparation of an alternative coffee, starting from the beans and ending with all possible devices and ancillary accessories. Anyone can learn the skill of roasting and making coffee, and the history of coffee in The Ponomarov's School.

At the coffee house London they work exclusively with the freshly roasted Arabica. Beyond the usual espresso, cappuccino or café glacé, here is served coffee made by alternative methods: with the help of chemex (it imbues the drink with oxygen), fretta (for the preparation of icecoffee), pour over (the natural taste does not change), and aero press (coffee turns strong, dense and fragrant). With the help of aero press an Irish coffee is prepared, it does not become watery and keeps well a layer of cream. Of course, in the London you will be offered to try desserts: brownies, raspberry “Sacher”, carrot cake, profiteroles, apple pie. The interior has the London theme: the red front door is styled as a London phone booth, a portrait of the Queen is painted on the wall, and statues of English bulldogs are put at the entrance.

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The National SALT® Restaurant Awards

Best Coffee House Here they serve incredible coffee of various brands and according to original recipes. In these establishments a good mood with aromatic coffee is ensured for the whole day. Best Meat Restaurant Steakhouses that know the price of real juicy steak and offer a wide menu of meat dishes. Best Fish Restaurant Here you will always find fresh fish and seafood of excellent quality. Best Restaurant of Ukrainian Cuisine Restaurants that offer authentic Ukrainian dishes and preserve traditional recipes proved by time and favor of the guests. Best Restaurant of National Cuisine The restaurants that offer the national cuisine from other countries: France, Japan, Italy, Georgia to name but a few. Best Confectionery The place worth visiting in search of light, exquisite and original desserts.

Despite the young age of the independent Ukraine, our gastronomic traditions and hospitality were formed for centuries, passed from generation to generation. Today the Ukrainian restaurants face an important and difficult task – to create a gastronomic culture being guided by these traditions and taking into account the peculiarities of modern time, to combine skilfully the authenticity with modern trends. Restaurants are a mirror of the country’s culture, its pride and image. They are the first to meet foreign guests and have an influence on their impression of not only the food, but also of the country as a whole. Restaurants are increasingly becoming an integral part of everyone’s life because there we can celebrate the most important events, carry on negotiations, meet with friends. Therefore, the quality of restaurants certainly has an influence on the quality of life. To show which Ukrainian eating establishments deserve attention and love of visitors, the National SALT® Restaurant Awards were founded in 2013. The organizer of the Awards was the Hoteliero® Club of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs who had raised a question: “What exactly do the guests want to get while visiting a restaurant?” First of all, pleasant emotions from perfect dishes. So the SALT® focuses on the cuisine quality and rewards restaurants in specialised categories:

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Best Restaurant of Local Cuisine The restaurants that have retained the ageold traditions of their region and prepare dishes by the old recipes of Galician and Odesa cuisines. Restaurant with Best Wine List Restaurants with a professional som­me­­ lier and an impressive collection of wines from all over the world. Best Beer Restaurant Establishments with their own breweries or a collection of different beer brands and a themed beer menu. Best Restaurant of creative cuisine Here are the dishes that you will not find in any eating establishment in the world, which are cooked exclusively according to the chef’s recipes. Discovery of the Year The newest establishments of Ukraine that have already won the favor of guests and experts. BEST BAR Bars that develop a bar culture in Ukraine and are notable for a wide choice of unusual cocktails.

For three years of its existence, the SALT® has gained the trust of both restaurant owners and their visitors, and became the national – its geography has covered the entire country. In the first year, the Awards gathered 447 participants from 6 Ukrainian cities, in 2014 the number of nominees grew to 760 from 7 cities, and already in 2015 the SALT® established its own record – 1140 restaurants from 40 cities throughout Ukraine. We cheer for all the restaurants to have equal chances for winning, so their participation in the contest is free. With the same end in view, in 2015 a possibility of self-nomination was introduced: restaurants can apply for participation in one of the categories. The SALT® aims to be as honest and objective as possible, so the restaurants are estimated in several stages, and the jury members’ establishments do not take part in this competition. The prize for the winners is a copper frying pan SALT® – the award the restaurateurs are proud of, and the guests give credence to. Details on the methodology of restaurants’ evaluation and rules of participation in the contest are available on our website www.saltawards.com.

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Welcome to Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv! The unique and luxurious Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv which is located in the most ancient district of Kyiv – Podil opens a curtain to the cultural and historical heritage of magnificent capital of Ukraine. The hotel is proud with exquisitely comfortable and spacious rooms with overwhelming Dnipro river view, unrivalled conference and banqueting facilities, the largest variety of services in SPA complex and culinary masterpieces performed by chefs of Vogue Café Kiev.

Accommodation

SPA-center Elixir SPA Deluxe

VOGUE Café Kiev

Children’s room, baby sitter, special chairs, menu

Business talk facilities

Animal friendly

Park location

Smoking section

Waterside location

Free Wi-Fi

Panoramic view

Contact bar counter

Out-of-town location

Vegetarian dishes available

Hotel location

Car parking

Facilities for the disabled

Delivery service

Hryvnia, Hr, hrn, UAH (Ukraine monetary unit)

Take away

SALT® Awards winner

Summer terrace

SALT® Awards finalist

Conference and Banqueting

Parties, banquets 1 Naberezhno-Khreschatytska Street, Kyiv, Ukraine T + 38 044 322 8888, F + 38 044 322 8889

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CONTENTS Key to Symbols

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The National SALT® Restaurant Awards

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The Prize of the SALT® Awards

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The Decorations of the SALT® Awards

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The Map of Ukraine

10

Kyiv

12

Lviv

84

Odesa

110

Kharkiv

136

Dnipro

160

Ivano-Frankivsk

179

Poltava

182

Ternopil

185

Chernihiv

187

The Winners of the SALT® Awards

188

The Jury of the 2015 SALT® Awards

190

Alphabetical Index

206

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