Kharpert48 Hanrapetutyan str., Yerevan, Armenia.
Unfortunately, much of our culinary heritage, especially that of historic Western Armenia, perished in the Genocide along with so much else of our culture. We were left with a handful of popular dishes that became the standard-bearers of a proud culinary heritage. Today, with the exception of a few regional specialties passed down as family recipes and virtually unknown in the mainstream, little is left of the distinct local flavors that once added infinite variety and depth to our national cuisine.
At the Tufenkian Kharpert Restaurant staff is committed to revive this central element of Armenian culture, reawaken our tradition of culinary excellence, and in doing so, reinvigorate in you a true appreciation for the art of dining. We combine fresh ingredients, fresh ideas, and the age-old culinary wisdom of our ancestors, to bring to you our modern renditions of classic Western Armenian cuisine.
The menu is a labor of love. They have traveled to historic Armenian villages and researched local preparations and ingredients, pored over obscure cookbooks, and uncovered long lost recipes preserved only in private collections.
The staff see food as a vital, resilient and living element of our culture, and so our mission to breathe new life into Western Armenian cuisine is ongoing. They continue to search for new and seasonal recipes and ingredients that they feature in an extensive listing of daily specials.
It is the staff's sincere hope that you will not only be delighted with your dining experience, but that you will come away with a newfound knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Armenian cooking.
One of the most ancient peoples in the world, Armenians always treasured their incredibly rich culinary tradition. For thousands of years our people lived scattered across a multitude of isolated villages. As a result, our cuisine was characterized by great diversity, with as many regional variations as there were dialects of the Armenian language.