My incredible adventures in Ukraine continued with an unforgettable food tour full of meat and amazing beer! Come with me as I go on the ultimate Ukrainian barbecue and craft beer tour in Odessa, Ukraine!
After touring Odessa during the day with my guide Natasha from Tours by Locals, my night began at Rebernia at 8 p.m. I had been to their restaurant in Lviv and fell in love with their unbelievable pork ribs. I’d follow that with some craft beer at Mash Taproom a block away. I was so hungry and couldn’t wait to begin!
Rebernia is located on Derybasivska Street, the main pedestrian street in town, where you can find live musicians performing. The restaurant is known for its giant, rotating grills, which are usually filled with juicy pork ribs!
Their selection includes both bottled and draft beers. I went with a Zenik Blonde Ale to start. It was light and delicious and reminded me of a pale ale.
The best thing about Rebernia is that they give you no cutlery or plates. You eat on the table, with a bib on, with your hands.
My waiter brought the ribs, which he chopped with an axe you can actually buy for $150. They come with a cup of barbecue sauce that you can drizzle on the ribs adds a sweet and sour flavor. The meat closest to the bone was the sweetest!
This was an incredible VIP ribs experience. I loved pulling the meat off the bones and eating with my hands. Luckily, they give you a roll of paper towels at your table!
Then, I dove into their cheese pesto salad, which contained some of the tastiest tomatoes I’ve had in a long time.
The combination of the cheese and pesto made for an amazing palate cleanser after having the greasy, fatty, hearty ribs and barbecue sauce.
Next, my waiter Igor brought me a Potato Egg Bacon Monster, which comes with a piece of fried potato, thick-cut bacon, a fried egg, cucumbers, and tomato sauce. You eat it with your hands! The meat was so tasty and the potato was like a fritter!
The fried egg was unbelievable! I couldn’t get over it. They were really treating me like a king there. Everyone was so nice, and the food was outstanding. This is the ultimate Ukrainian barbecue experience in Odessa, hands down!
Then, I moved on to a Milk Stout, which reminded me of a creamy Guinness. They have indoor and outdoor seating, but I had the best seat in the house inside with a view of the grills.
I ended my meal with a bowl of ice cream that reminded me of chocolate mousse. I’m not a sweets guy, but it was really tasty. I was so full!
After my Ukrainian barbecue, the guy from Rebernia walked me to Mash Taproom, where I met Andre. They have 12 beers on tap and over 100 bottled and canned beers. I started with a chocolate stout from Kyiv, which tasted like a melted brownie and has a malty caramel flavor!
Nine of the beers they have on tap are from Ukraine. They also have a number of international beers, including one from Estonia. My next beer was a pastry sour beer made with marshmallow, pomegranates, and blackberries. It was a sour but sweet and fruity explosion in my mouth! Next was a hoppy lager from Kyiv. It’s like a New England Pilsen or New England IPA and has more floral and tropical hops.
In addition to enjoying a drink, you can also eat in their gastropub if you’re hungry. They have tacos, blood sausage, fried cucumbers with honey and chili sauce, and more on their menu.
The fried cucumbers were incredible, and the chili-honey sauce reminded me of Korean gochujang sauce!
Next was a triple IPA, which was one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had! It was hazy and sessionable and had a nice mouthfeel! What a night!
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