“ FORTAS restaurants offer a safe and democratic environment, excellent specialties a wide range of salads and main courses and friendly service. „
Forto Dvaras is a restaurant that is part of the Lithuanian
"Fortas" chain and the one I'm reviewing is located in the center of the city at Pilies g. 16, Vilnius on the main street heading through old town.
I've had occasion to go there a few times, they specialise in local cuisine and I can definitely recommend going there if you are looking to try something traditional.
The restaurant is a rustic restaurant with wooden interior, waiteresses in traditional costumes, old Lithuanian music playing and a selection of local delicacies ranging from the slightly bizarre beer snacks like pig snout or pig ears to the every day beer snack like fried bread, there is also a large range of potato dishes, cepeliniai (which I have reviewed), chicken, fish, beef, pork dishes as well as salads, soups, desserts and certain regional dishes from Samogitia, Upper Lithuania, Suvalkija, Dzukija and the coast.
The prices are very reasonable and the meals are cooked to perfection (unless there is a better way to cook pig ears that I'm not aware of).
The choice of beer and Lithuanian spirits is also spot on and this restaurant provides you with a good welcome to the country at a very affordable price bang in the center of Lithuania. It is quite popular but it's pretty capacious and I can't see there not being room for you!
Knowing the restaurant reasonably well and being even more familiar with the cuisine, having lived there, I would personally recommend (assuming that there are 2 of you for some reason):
SVYTURIO EKSTRA 0,5l for 5,9lt (enjoy this tasty beer, nobody goes to Lithuania to drink wine)
with it order
THE SNACK PLATE WITH BEER (2 pers.)
Smoked pig ears, chicken wings, fried bread, fried chicken bits, fried bacon, cheese, horseradish sauce, garlic
You'll be surprised at just how tasty it is and you can let the squeamish one gauge on the chicken wings and fried bread or nibble the cheese like a mouse.
With meat, crackling-and-sour cream dressing
OLD CODGERs POTATO PIE 10,9lt
With crackling dressing, sour cream or traditional crackling-and-sour cream dressing
COOKED AND BAKED BUCKWHEAT WITH MUSHROOM DRESSING 8,7lt
Dainava is a land of forests. You must try the "invention" of dzukelis - native resident of the woodland
A tasty and lighter weight meal, so that you can share the two meals and still not explode!
There'll be no room for desert though unless you really are a monster!
What I recommend is a nice glass of VILNIAUS STARKA (43˚) 4,9lt to help the digestion, for double fun, one of you could get ZALIOS DEVYNERIOS (35˚) 4,9lt and you can then taste to very traditional drinks!!
If you really don't like the idea of the beer snacks then perhaps have a soup instead, you can't go wrong with the CHICKEN VELOUTE SERVED IN A BREAD LOAF 7,9lt
4lt = 1 pound.
As they say in Lithuania Skanus! (Bon Apetite)