The 19th century was an era of female empowerment, a time of courage and an age of discovery. Even though women often had to exist behind the scenes, they managed to leave an inimitable trace in literature, and to influence the life and society of their motherland. This is our Barbare – Barbare Eristavi-Jorjadze – a 19th century writer, poet and feminist who was inquisitive to the last; a woman who lived life in perpetual motion, and the author of The Complete Cuisine, which set a new course for gaonomy in Georgia. The family behind the Barbarestan restaurant have revived her cuisine by basing their menu on her cookbook. The 19th century atmosphere is easily felt throughout both the interior and exterior. On Agmashenebeli Avenue, which in its time represented part of a German colony and which is now one of the most multi-ethnic streets in Tbilisi, Barbarestan boasts tables laid with traditional tablecloths, taper candles, and gorgeous ceramics with grandmotherly motifs and modern shapes. Antique mirrors hang in clusters on walls of exposed brick. In a dining nook, a portrait of Jorjadze presides over a small shrine to the lady: candelabra, reading glasses, a red ink pen. To get a real sense of her magic, though, you’ll have to visit Barbarestan yourself: you’ll enjoy the brilliant service and hospitality provided by its staff, not to mention the exquisite cuisine.