Welcome to authentic restaurant,
where we cherish historical traditions of
Vilnius bourgeois cuisine!
Restaurant Mykolo 4
Let us welcome you to our family-run restaurant-bistrot, where we cherish and continue the historical traditions of Vilnius bourgeois gastronomy!
Here we prepare dishes according to authentic recipes, read over on lady-bourgeoisie notes or overheard from their housewives’ stories.
Historical Vilnius cuisine, being profoundly affected by French bourgeois culinary and haute gastronomy science, was formed during XIX century and reached its heights before World War II. In our restaurant, we pursue this sophisticated gourmet rise within our region. Our mission is to treasure it, popularise and develop further.
Since the Middle Ages citizens of Vilnius are widely known for their hospitality, and the saying “Guest in house, God in house” perfectly reflects it. That’s why we called our restaurant-bistrot in the name of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of people, – Mykolo 4.
Visit us, and get embraced by gastronomic secrets of Vilnius bourgeois cuisine, Old Town cosiness as well as our sincere hospitality.
The idea of Mykolo 4 was born during our personal travels across Italy and Greece – countries, famous for authentic family-run restaurants. Such Southern tradition, being sincerely passed down through generations, have stolen our hearts. We’ve greatly felt for desire to create a similar path in Lithuania too.
Personal interest in old gourmet recipes and genuine respect to our country’s history naturally directed us towards the concept of Vilnius bourgeois cuisine.
We are glad that today all our family members work at Mykolo 4, even the grandmothers, who provide our restaurant with organic garden production.
All the authentic recipes were read on lady-bourgeoisie notes or overheard from their housewives’ stories.
À la Carte Menu
Restaurant’s menu reflects the traditions of Vilnius bourgeois gastronomy by relying on old culinary publications and even original notes of the housewives.
Our main source of knowledge, as well as inspiration, is a cookbook called “Kucharka Litewska”, written by Wincentyna A.L. Zawadzka. This precious manual was published in XIX century, the first copies of which got printed in the neighbouring street to our current restaurant location.
However, we are not intended to recreate the old dishes precisely as during long decades not only our own perception of taste got changed, but technologies too. Thus, we are bringing the old recipes to daylight, and share their modern interpretations in the best seasonality-based way.
Even one hundred years ago, citizens at homes usually did not rush to get out of beds. As doctor
Stefanowicz, who lived in XIX century in Vilnius, wrote in his memories “Saturday has a sun ray, but
Sunday has the whole bouquet of sun rays. The first pleasure of Sunday is that you don’t’ need to
jump out the bed and you can lie down and meditate in the warm bed. In the dining room you can
feel a celebration mood and Sundays are never fast days. Based on the traditions of that time, we
invite you to enjoy a brunch with family or friends on the weekends.
Weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:oo to 16:00
XVIII century was the time when remarkable vin français cult emerged in Lithuania’s culture: it successfully took roots and stayed until the present days.
In pre-war Vilnius, bourgeois citizens were enjoying German and Hungarian wines, but the French ones coming from Bordeaux as well as Burgundy were the most desirable. During those times enogastronomy, explained by food and wine pairing, gained popularity too.
Today the diners in our restaurant can enjoy various wines from the different winemaking regions that serve as a great aperitif or excellent food companion. We are very glad that our list is flourished with local Lithuanian production too. When the most advanced European winemaking traditions are being followed, even carefully selected fruits, as well as unusual berries, can turn to quality wine!
Purchase our gift voucher. It is an amazing opportunity to gift yourself or your loved ones an unforgettable time while tasting gastronomic interpretations of old Vilnius cuisine.
Tasting Menu (soon)
Variety of nations that lived in Vilnius during the pre-war times was particularly complex. Back to the days, one could frequently greet Jews, Poles or Russians, but pure Lithuanian was rarely met. Therefore it’s not surprising that Litvac, Tatar and Slavic traditions distinctly intertwined into Vilnius culinary history.
In order to better reflect this great diversity of pre-war Vilnius gastronomy, we are continually creating dynamic tasting menus, exclusively dedicated to the town’s ethnic minorities.
Reservation is automatically approved (SMS and e-mail confirmation will be sent you shortly after the booking is made). If your plans change, you can cancel the reservation online at any time.
Tables are assigned automatically. If you wish to book your favourite table, please write a note in comment field or call us directly +370 688 22210.
When making a group reservation for 7 people or more, please contact us directly +370 688 22210.