Ukrainian cuisine is very diverse. Different regions of the country have unique cooking methods for their traditional dishes. Western Ukraine, where Lviv is situated, historically for some time was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire and Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The result is a distinctly regional Galician cuisine, famous for its rich set of recipes which are suitable for meat lovers as well as vegetarians.
Here are some typical Galician meals.
Borsch – this well-known soup is made with beetroot as the main ingredient, that gives its distinctive deep burgundy color (locally ppl even use to call this color - beetrooty). Borsch is not an exclusive Galician dish, but it is cooked slightly different in all parts of the country. It is usually served with sour cream (smetana) and small bread with minced garlic (pampushky).
Varenyky, also known as pyrohy - crescent-shaped dumplings of unleavened dough, stuffed with farmer's white cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage or combination of this, sometimes also with meat or mushrooms. Typically topped with fried salo bits (shkvarky), fried onions and served with sour cream (smetana). There also can be fruit fillings for varenyky: blueberries, cherries, apples, plums. Sweet fruit-filled varenyky are still served with sour cream (smetana) and sugar/honey/jam.
Deruny - shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato, flour, and eggs, often flavored with grated onion and seasonings. Usually served with sour cream (smetana).
Nalysnyky - thin pancakes with filling. The most traditional filling is white cheese, but nowadays very common are nalysnyky with meat, cherries, apples, etc.
Holubtsi – stuffed cabbage leaves. Fillings vary widely and can be meatless or contain any combination of meat, vegetables, and grains. Typical is rice and meat or potato and pumpkin mixture filling.
Kholodets' – basically galantine meat, prepared accordingly to old recipes. Galantine is prepared from beef, pork or poultry meat. Usually served with apple vinegar.
Shkvarky - fried bits of bacon, universal snack and a component of many dishes.
Buryachky - a little bit hot salad dish of red beetroots and fresh horseradish, which goes as a spread for meats and sausages.
Uzvar - a slightly sweet compote of dried fruits.
Pechinkovyi tort – cake, made of liver and seasoned with garlic and mayonnaise.
These above are the eldest, traditional dishes, but nowadays the list is fulfilled with their various modifications, and also brand new ones, so it’s a lot to discover by yourself.
In Lviv, there are also places which serve Georgian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and other food so that you can mix experiences. Also, cheaper and more fun to do is to buy all the ingredients you need in the supermarket and cook new meals, along with the one you used to prepare, by yourself.
Lviv is a dream place for coffee lovers and sweet tooths, because coffee, chocolate, and sweets are famous treats here. So use a chance to enjoy delicious life, but remember not to overindulge.