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Shemoikhede is a down-to-earth chain of restaurants with a hefty menu and hearty traditional food. It is popular with locals since you get excellent value for money, while tourists love it for the sheer variety of Georgian dishes on offer.
Georgia has a longstanding culinary tradition, almost as old as the country itself. It is no wonder then that social dining (and drinking) holds a special position in Georgian culture, with traditional feasts (supra) being very important and ritualised. Leading a supra is always a tamada, toastmaster, whose role is to speak and propose toasts, until the feast is ended. Tbilisi offers a lot of restaurants serving local cuisine in accordance with Georgian tradition and it is not uncommon to stumble upon a typical feast with people toasting, singing and dancing.