Puzata Hata (Пузата хата), founded in 2003, is a self-service chain specializing in serving ethnically Ukrainian food in Ukraine. It is based in Kyiv, but with branches throughout Ukraine. When you walk in, grab a tray, choose your dishes from the counter, pay at the register and find an empty table to enjoy your meal!

All kinds of salads, soups, fish, chicken, pork, pasta, blini, and fresh vareniki (mushrooms, cabbage, potatoes, meat, and salty cheese with dill, among others) are served alongside a wide variety of toppings, seasonal soups, and vegetables at Puzata Hata. More than 30 types of desserts are available, including cakes, cookies, ice cream and sweet vareniki — alongside, of course, coffee and tea.  

With plenty of borsch, vareniki and chicken Kiev, cuisine at Puzata Hata is generally Ukrainian, though some branches offer alternatives such as pizza — and almost all locations offer samplings of Georgian cuisine. In all, each location offers over 300 dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Prices at Puzata Hata are generally low, and the restaurant is considered one of the most popular places to eat on a budget in Kiev. Student card holders receive a 10% discount at the register.

 

A sneak peak:

 

Watch Puzata Hata prepare vareniki with tvorog, potatoes, meat, and mushrooms!

Katheryn Weaver is a student of rhetoric and history at the University of Texas, Austin. Her primary areas of investigation include revolution and the rhetorical justification of violence against individuals, state, and society. She is currently studying Russian as a Second Language with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship.