Large, round, and cheese-filled is one way to make a khachapuri (Kotch-ah-Poor-ee), the best-known baked good in the country of Georgia and, perhaps, Brighton Beach. As my penovani khachapuri ($2) makes apparent, however, other sizes and shapes are possible. Indeed, at this month-old Georgian cafe, so are other fillings. More on this in future posts; many khachapuri are larger and meant to be shared, and this afternoon I had a table for four all to myself.
Also shown: nigvziani badrijani ($6.95), a cold appetizer of eggplant rolls stuffed with ground walnuts; garlic was one notable seasoning of many. I also appreciated the tartness, and occasional pop between the teeth, of whole pomegranate seeds.
Brick Oven Bread
230 Kings Highway (West 9th-West 10th Sts.), Gravesend, Brooklyn