But most exciting of all is that I have finally proved the existence of the mythical Black Lion restaurant, for which I have been searching since September. When my half-Georgian friend Bella informed me that such a place existed "around Davitashvili 19, up the hill in Sololaki", I was very confused to find no such street on my map. Google Maps gave me an alternate Sololaki address - 32 Tabidze St, so I assumed that perhaps Davitashvili was, as is so often the case, an archaic name for Tabidze.
Not so! After my friend Robin and I spent a full night aimlessly wandering Sololaki, we determined that there was, in fact, no 32 Tabidze St and promptly gave up. Two weeks later, my mother and I discovered a new (and lovelier) hidden part of Sololaki away from the touristic centre (keep going up Asatiani St past the Tabidze St turnoff torwards Freedom Square), and - thus buoyed - I renewed my search. Thus did I discover that Davitashvili Street is in fact now Amagleba Street.
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It was worth the wait. As eclectically Victorian-charming as Pur Pur, but about a third of the price, Black Lion is friendly (laptops, couches), gorgeous (carpets, mismatched furniture) and affordable (lunch options, largely of the Large Sandwich variety, run 6-8 lari). The proprietress was uncannily friendly, and the sangria plentiful. Possibly my new favourite Novel-Writing Haunt in Tbilisi.
The Black Lion is off 23 Amagleba St (keep going up Asatiani, turn right at the fork, pass a Populi on your left, right side of the street, look for the Black Lion)