In the 1940s, Dieta-Jarska Jadlodajnia, a restaurant owned by Faina Lewand and her husband Lazar Lewand, became the first vegetarian restaurant in the city when it opened its door on Vokiečių St. 14. Even famous artist Marc Chagall dined there and left his greeting in the restaurant’s guestbook. In 1938, Faina Lewando published a book entitled The Great Book of Vegetables: over 400 delicious recipes. The book had disappeared for decades and was not published again until 1995, when someone discovered it and donated it to the Jewish YIVO Institute in New York. Now, everyone can cook recipes from the past at home using the cookbook, which has been published in various languages.
This project is a way for the Lithuanian Jewish Community to promote tolerance. Every day except Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, this quaint eatery bakes fresh kosher bagels and loaves of bread. Baked goods aside, Beigeliu krautuvele is also the best place to taste traditional Jewish spreads, soups, and shakshuka.
The first and only kosher restaurant in Vilnius, Rishon serves traditional Litvak and Israeli cuisine in a charming and modern setting. Try the traditional beef, chicken, and fish dishes, salads and snacks, as well as a selection of kosher wine. You can also choose a kosher Jewish breakfast menu or even order a lunch delivery. Rishon also offers a special course where you learn how to cook Jewish dishes yourself.
The shakshuka from the wood-burning oven in the morning will make your day. For a light snack, order a hummus platter or a Sabich sandwich stuffed with fried eggplants, vegetables, greens and a hard-boiled egg seasoned with sesame seeds.