Take a lunch break somewhere you’ve never been before: I don’t want to leave until the last minute

A few months ago, I read in the press that the Dutchman Timas van Wijk, who lives in Lithuania with his Lithuanian wife, opened an unconventional restaurant on Konstitucijos Avenue, on the premises of the Vilnius University Planetarium. As if there is nothing special that the idea of ​​the restaurant is not to employ people with disabilities.

When I came to this place, it was a cold but hot day, but even though it was cloudy, the sun was still shining in this place, it was just different. The menu is not long, one sheet of A5 format, which is used not only for delivering food, but also for ordering. I will tell you more about the curiosities, which, as you probably already know, there is certainly no shortage in this place.

For a lunch break, I chose the soup of the day – lentils and two pancakes of the day with minced meat. I paid €5.85 for this flight (you can leave a tip on the line). Table water with glasses is on the table, it is not extra charge.

How does it feel? First of all, I will mention that the daily lunch complex, which includes a different soup and two pancakes a day, is for the hungry. I say this because the portions of both soup and pancakes were large and filling, so I calmed down until the last dinner.

Restaurant “Primas blynas”

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Creamy lentil soup is perfect for cold days because it’s hot and instantly warms. And bright colors! The flavor is strong, the soup is not too runny – I want to make it at home. A few baguettes are placed on a small wooden table next to it, a simple but cute solution.

Pancakes in this restaurant dominate not only in the name, which, by the way, can be applied not only in places that make pancakes, after all, our folklore tells about the first pancakes in many areas. But back to this dish, you can find it on the menu with sweet or salty fillings. Cast for my lunch of the day came with meat, neatly presented on a large white plate, with a small tomato and basil sauce on the side. The pancakes here are huge and very thin, and at least the ones I’ve tasted are delicious. The world of pancakes in this restaurant is led by chef Balys Andrejevas.

it’s fast There is no need to rush here, and especially the people who serve you, who sincerely try to make lunch or just a special cup of coffee. I was served deliciously by several employees: one brought the order, the other brought the food, then took the plate, not forgetting to ask if I would like lunch. Tim, the restaurant manager, is always there, but I can feel the harmony of the whole team.

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Restaurant “Primas blynas”

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Although I was pressed for time to rush to a work meeting, I didn’t want to leave this place until the last minute, and at the end of lunch I even chatted and took photos with the smiling staff of First Pancake!

What is interesting? The most interesting and, perhaps I can say, the most daring idea of ​​this place is to hire people with disabilities to work in the restaurant. And to be able not to hide somewhere in the kitchen, but with a smile to go out to the main hall of the restaurant to serve guests, and later to receive payment at the bar. All these people were helped to find a restaurant by the Association of People with Down syndrome and their guardians and the social work agency SOPA.

For the mentioned menu, it also performs the function of ordering food, that is, on the menu you receive you write your table letter (differently placed on the table) and next to the plate, mark the number of dishes you want to order. Of course, nothing prevents you from improvising, you can circle (me), mark “x” or choose in any other delicious way that you want for lunch.

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Restaurant “Primas blynas”

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The interior of the planetarium is minimalist, especially there is a four-seat table that can be easily separated to sit in pairs. The restaurant is also child-friendly, as there is a corner with an Indian tent and a chalkboard where you can draw on the wall. As the owner of the restaurant said, they live in the old building to implement a new and positive idea.

DELFI previously interviewed Tim about all the plans to open this type of catering, so I invite you to read it here.

A brief conclusion. Share this review, spread the word that there is a place in Vilnius. Also, everyone should definitely visit, try pancakes or drink coffee, which, I promise, will definitely be tastier than in the most luxurious restaurants – it will be made here with the sincere love of people.

Restaurant “Pirmas blynas” is located on Konstitucijos Ave. 12A, in the place of Vilnius University planetarium. Opening hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00-15:00, Saturday 11:00-18:00. Facebook account.

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