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    Delhi Darbar: Excellent Indian meals

    by Trekki Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    As I was still struggling with my “Bukharian Montezuma”, I don’t remember much about the food I had, except the lovely Delhi Darbar Indian restaurant. This was a suggestion of Anna of VT and it was an excellent choice – ah yummm. It is listed in Lonely Planet as well (which shows to me that it is indeed good, otherwise it would have vanished; LP info is outdated quite often). Anna made the choices, a delicious mixture of several kinds of dishes, marsala and tandoori. I even dared to try the lassie (and didn’t have another Montezuma attack, ahh, good!). Price was approximately 6 USD p.p.

    In the meantime (Aug 2007) I found out that one of the very much recommended local guides for Tajikistan, Goulya Petrova, has started to build her own website. It is currently under construction, but she has a good selection of Restaurants in Dushanbe, with notification for menus in English.

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    Delhi Durbar: Indian food in Dushanbe

    by Saagar Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    Delhi Darbar became the most revisited restaurant during my stay. It is still some distance to Delhi in the culinary way, too, but there is some spice and variety here that you will have to look far to find elsewhere.
    It's a good place, well worth visiting after days on the Silk Road, still searching for the spices and aroma of the orient...

    Favorite Dish: The Thali (veg/non-veg) was a fav among south Asian colleagues, while I liked the special murgh masala. The curries were good. Missed the tandooris from the menu, I guess they are using their stove for breads only.

    Delhi Darbar on a slow day South Asian fav
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    SIM SIM: DUSHANBE'S BEST

    by DAO Updated Mar 11, 2015

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    It’s a brewery. It’s a pub. It’s a restaurant. It’s amazing and delicious! If you only have one night in Dushanbe, you need to eat – and drink – here. Sim Sim started as a brewery on March 1, 2003 and has expanded its lines to include soft drinks and thankfully this bastion of delicious grill meats. They have sprawling gardens that can feed over 500 people and offer them a range of fantastic beers. On one side of the garden the cooks grill huge kebabs of every kind of meat you would like: beef, lamb and chicken. The fresh salad and bread come with any order. The pieces of meat are massive, tender, well seasoned and tender. A real delight. I had the pleasure of dining with 2 VT members: ‘kokoryko’ (Hermann from France) and ‘white_smallstar’ (Nicoletta from Italy). I had to stop them fighting over the portions (middle photo) by convincing them to look and see just how large the portions were. We ordered all 3 meats and it was all just delicious. And so was the beer. Between the beer, food and company I had the perfect dining experience. Make sure you don’t miss out!

    If you are driving, there is a good map here:
    Sim Sim map

    Or show this to the taxi:
    Пивоваренная компания "Сим-Сим"
    ул. Хувайдуллаева, 2
    Душанбе
    телефон: +992 (372) 2336109

    Favorite Dish:
    Kebabs and beer. Amazing.
    The SIm Sim people ask you a simple question with 11 great answers!

    Why should you buy a beer with us?
    1. We always sell only fresh beer
    2. Our beer has received numerous awards. It is the best in Tajikistan!
    3. Our beer is made according to the original (old) recipes
    4. Our beer contains no preservatives
    5. Our beer has no chemical flavorings and colorings
    6. Our beer has a high storage time (not less than 30 days)
    7. Beer is bottled in glass bottles to preserve the taste of beer
    8. We pour beer in kegs. and practical 1.5-liter PET bottles for your convenience.
    9. We can deliver the beer directly on your base
    10. We conclude the contract for
    11. There are cheaper but not better! Buy a real beer!

    VT members kokoryko and white_smallstar I love Sim Sim ! Kokoryko and white_smallstar fighting over food Sim Sim Sim Sim
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    Delhi Darbar!

    by ashtox Written Dec 13, 2003

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    Whenever I go to some place I look for 2 things.. an Indian Restaurant & an Authentic Local Restaurant. In Dushanbe I found both these next to each other!

    1. Rokhat: It is situated very near to President Palace. You get authentic Tajik food. Its really tasty. There are different types of dishes available ranging from $2 to $20. One has to be there by 8 pm since it get over crowded after that... and may not get a place!

    2. Delhi Darbar: It is situated just nearby Rokhat. It is one of the cheapest & best Indian restaurants from the places I visited outside India. You get entire variety of food. For the pure vegeterians this the only place to get such food. & if u want to taste a real spice of India then while ordering the food you must ask the waitress to make it spicy.

    Favorite Dish: 1. Rokhat: Plov, Samsa, Shashlik

    2. Delhi Darbar: Anything you order.. it's delicious!

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    SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN: 24/7/365 FOOD

    by DAO Updated Mar 19, 2015

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    Southern Fried Chicken is a major gastronomic institution here in Dushanbe. When you first hear about an English created business trying to replicate fried fast American food in Tajikistan, you are probably thinking rubbish food. Think again! SFC is excellent. They make a range of delicious prepared salads, fresh sandwiches and pizza. They of course make fried chicken, but again they do a very good job. Good enough that they have 3 locations in Dushanbe, so it’s not just the small ex-pat community keeping them in business.

    The best part? They are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week here and deliver to your hotel! Get in there! Even on Christmas Day. And you don’t have to worry about any language barriers, you can order online.

    And if you want to take the kids, they have a location with a playground and a free Nanny! Lost in translation – they also offer slot machines for the children to ensure their happiness. They also host birthday parties and make custom cakes for the event. They even host wedding receptions.

    SFC offers a large range of breakfast dishes as well a ‘Full English Breakfast’. And if that isn’t all – they make great fried chicken!

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    DBD: Great mushrooms!

    by Nourin Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    There is a great Iranian restaurant that can make you a vegetarian dish if you ask. They prepared a great meal with Iranian rice and stir-fried mushrooms for us. It was a bit pricy, but when your stomac is happy, who cares?

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    SOYUZ BISTRO: TRUE SOVIET

    by DAO Written Mar 16, 2015

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    “I'm back in the U.S.S.R. You don't know how lucky you are boy. Back in the U.S.S.R. (Yeah)”. The Beetles could have been writing about this humble but very good establishment. Soyuz Bistro is actually a true Soviet-era cafeteria in a basement underneath the Southern Fried Chicken on Rudaki Ave (no. 92). In fact you sort of go into the entrance of SFC and look for steps down and to your right. Once downstairs you enter – the Soviet Union. It’s a clean and bight cafeteria serving very good food at a low price. The more interesting things are Soviet artefacts across the walls. Old flags and banners hang with pride. Lenin is everywhere – just like the good old days. There are even some real propaganda posters denouncing the West/Imperialism/ USA/Great Britain and all the other likely sources of old Soviet hate. It reminds me of the walls in Moscow when I was there in 1986.

    The cafeteria has no language barriers as you just point at what you would like to eat and they hand it over. Simple.

    There are actually 2 Soviet Cafeterias underneath the SFC. The other one is named Iram Cafe (қаҳвахонаҳо Ирам) and its entrance is at the corner just past the Worthy Grocery Store (Aрзанда). If in any doubt, show this to the people in SFC:
    Бистро «Союз-1″ (Оперка)

    If you are on a budget but still want to eat tasty food – come down here for a pleasant time warp.

    OPENING HOURS: 08: 0-23: 00

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  • Sirius: Egyptian Theme Restaurant?!?!?

    by krayZpaving Written Jun 2, 2003

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    Mixture of Egyptian and local food, beautiful interior decoration. Menu is extensive, but not expensive.

    Food is probably the best quality in Dushanbe, as are the waitresses!

    Favorite Dish: Pharoan - a beef dish. Make sure you order their fried mushrooms too!

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    Royal Pub: Nightlife, Pub & Restaurant

    by yahoo84 Written Jun 5, 2013

    The best steaks and food here. Best Czech draft beer and English ale (beer). Nowhere in Tajikistan you can not find place like this. I totally recommend and it is a must visit pub and restaurant in Dushanbe.

    Favorite Dish: steaks and soups

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  • Tajikistan restaurants, food and drinks.

    by andreaberffini Written Dec 4, 2008

    Food & Drink : Traditional Tajik meals start with sweet dishes such as halwa and tea and then progress to soups and meat before finishing with plov. Plov is made up of scraps of mutton, shredded yellow turnip and rice, fried in a large wok, and is a staple dish in all the Central Asian republics. The appetising shashlyk (skewered chunks of mutton grilled over charcoal, served with raw sliced onions) and lipioshka (round unleavened bread) are often sold on street corners and served in restaurants: the Vastoychny bar restaurant in Dushanbe (on Prospekt Rudaki near the Hotel Tajikistan) serves particularly good shashlyk. Manty (large noodle sacks of meat), samsa (samosas) and chiburekki (deep-fried dough cakes) are all popular as snacks. Shorpur is a meat and vegetable soup; laghman is similar to shorpur, but comes with noodles. In the summer, Tajikistan is awash with fruit: its grapes and melons were famous throughout the former Soviet Union. The bazaars also sell pomegranates, apricots, plums, figs and persimmons. Little of the food served in hotels indicates its Tajik heritage : borcht is beetroot soup, entrecote are well-done steaks, cutlet are grilled meatballs, and strogan is the local equivalent of beef Stroganoff. Pirmeni, originating in Ukraine, are small boiled noodle sacks of meat and vegetables similar to ravioli, sometimes in a vegetable soup, sometimes not.

    Tea or chai is the most widespread drink on offer and can be obtained almost anywhere. Beer, wine, vodka, brandy and sparkling wine (shampanski) are intermittently available in many restaurants. If the restaurant is unable to supply it, it is acceptable to bring your own. Kefir, a thick drinking yoghurt, is often served with breakfast.

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    Sirius Restaurant: Restaurant with a spray

    by Saagar Written Feb 9, 2007

    Sirius is on a corner of Rudaki, in stately building that deserves a mention, too. But what draws people to this restaurant seems to be is the cool air and fine spray from a big fountain next to the outdoor tables. It's a Rudaki street front place and an ideal place to see and be seen; apparently a cool meeting place for the cafe crowd of professionals and intellectuals after hours, and everybody else inbetween. The chic factor of the staff is high, the food is fairly standard, but the beer in the spray is unbeatable. Quite a wide range of food served, but nothing off the normal. Have a try!

    Fountain, meigbouring tables already reserved... Sirius restaurant
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    Salsa Restaurant: The best place I found for good food

    by Saagar Updated Feb 9, 2007

    By far the best place I ate in Dushanbe;
    reason number 1: very well prepared food; 2) wide range of food; 3) food that I liked (incl Tajik food), 4) good selection of drinks.
    It is a bit dark and cave-like inside; does very well for the pub-style part. The outdoor seating in the shadowy back side makes sense during the heat of summer, but not so attractive otherwise.
    The menu is a reflection of the marriage between an Ecuadorian and a Tajik.... So you have the best of several worlds here and an impressive menu. For meat, this restaurant would be a good and safe choice, and for vegetarians also this place had some good options. It is an expensive place, so if you invite Tajik friends here on a normal pay schedule be prepared to pay.

    Favorite Dish: They did indeed have their own brewery and made a good ale.
    Now for food, I tried an Ecuadorian chicken dish, cannot even remember the name, but it was very, very good.

    Ecuadorian menu in Dushanbe Salsa upper right, Rudaki left
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    Choykhana Rokhat: Outdoors but indoors

    by Saagar Written Feb 9, 2007

    For lunches and dinners, this is an excellent place where the food is good and your Tajik partners are comfortable with everything.
    The food is Persian-Tajik and basically works out to be an advanced choykana. Good food. Staff somewhat apprehensive to foreigners (language shyness?), works out very well in the end. On one occasion we had a waiter composing our meal from her best imagination and knowledge - excellent!

    Favorite Dish: Had several dishes piled up on the table and shared a big meal - all good.

    Rokhat
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    Restaurant Eurasia: Crossover food - a good Tajik try!

    by Saagar Updated Feb 9, 2007

    The Eurasia is a bit of a hidden secret, with an obscure entrance and even more small and hidden billboard advertising its exisitence on the western side of Rudaki prospekt.
    This is apparently a lunch and dinner favourite among the young and modern professionals and international crowd. Not a big place, the style is European with light wood panelling. Extensive menu but it tends to work out this way: what they do have is considerably less than what's actually on the menu.
    The steak items are Tajik style, and not big and juicy. Good place regarding the vegetarian menu, salads etc., good drinks selection, desserts, too. I'll come back here.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetarian and fruits, all food safe and sound.

    The entrance to the eurasian restaurant on Rudaki One happy customer at the Eurasian
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  • Aristocrats Club: Nice restaurant

    by srichmond Written Nov 21, 2006

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    This doesn't look very fancy on the oustide, but it's pretty posh indoors. When we went it was very quiet, but the menu is very good, and the food was excellent.

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