We rather pass over such places during our trips. In front of Bukhara's Registan with no name and a poster "Best Photo View!" seemed to be another tourist trap. Frankly, there is a best photo view (see below) and food was really great - the best we tried in Uzbekistan! With reasonable prices and free shots of vodka!
Favorite Dish: 1. Noudles in a soup with mutton and vegetables - laghman!
2. Fried aubergine with garlic and tomatoes
If you're offered the opportunity to dine in a private home during a visit to Uzbekistan, do take it. A few years ago this was the best way to get a halfway decent meal in many places but now there are plenty of restaurants in the main cities at least and these home-cooked meals are not such a feature of the tourist's experience of Uzbek food.
We ate in three private homes as we made our way around the country.
In Tashkent, dinner was part of an evening spent at the home of the famous Rakhimov family of ceramacists.
Shahrisabz, being a small town, doesn't have much in the way of restaurants and so our guide arranged dinner for us at the home of a friend.
Bukhara found us having a cooking lesson - how to make plov. The recipe was easy enough to follow - I'm not sure that I'll be able to replicate the decidedly dicey outdoor stove - I don't know anywhere here at home where I could buy a combined gas- and wood-burning stove. The plov itself, cooked by our host (they say the best plov is cooked in the open air by men, as this was) was delicious.
We also had lunch in a private home on our day trip to Tajikistan.
Favorite Dish: Details of these dinners can be found on the respective city pages. All were really good, lavish feasts of salads and fruits, soup, a main course and more fruit and cakes - you need never feel hungry in Uzbekistan, but the very best was our dinner with the Rakhimovs on our first night in Tashkent - eight or nine different delicious small salads were followed by a succession of tasty hot nibbles - tiny fried pastries stuffed with pumpkin and cheese, teeny little grilled lamb ribs, baby-sized shasliks of herby minced meat, little stuffed vegetables - tomatoes and button squash. Then came the soup - and finally mounds of fragrant plov. White wine was served with the meal. After that we were taken on a tour of the studio and when that was done came back to the table for tea and a whole range of delicious cakes and cookies - some of which had been cooked for us by the 9 year-old daughter.
It was a lovely evening - a brilliant introduction to the hospitality and friendliness we were to find everywhere we went.
I think it’s fair to say that you don’t travel to Uzbekistan for the cuisine, which is perhaps rather limited compared with that of some other countries. There’s a strong emphasis on meat, especially mutton, and dishes can be a bit greasy and salty for western tastes, though we certainly had some enjoyable meals.
Some traditional dishes are:
plov: the national dish, a mix of rice, vegetables and mutton – we had a tasty example for lunch at a house in Nurata
manty: a soft pasta-style dumpling filled with mutton and onions, often likened to ravioli but I found it more like Chinese dim sum – this was one of my favourite of the Uzbek dishes, when done well as at the Caravan Arts Café in Tashkent
shashlik: kebabs, often made from the ubiquitous mutton but also available in chicken, vegetable and even to our surprise pork – we found the quality rather variable
samsa: a small pasty filled with meat or vegetables – I had a great spinach one at the Caravan Arts Café
You will also find a regular selection of salads, the most common being tomato & cucumber, and eggplant; stuffed vegetables (usually peppers and/or cabbage); noodles (either fried or in a soup) and sometimes a few other dishes.
A difficult topic. Food is rather good, but there are severe hygienic problems. The one or other upset is unavoidable.
Favorite Dish: It is everywhere the same, Shashlik, Plov and the Lagman soup. The bread is excellent, at least Bukhara and east from it.
These restaurants are located on the east part of the lake in Labi-Hauz. You can choose from 4 different restaurants. Ambiance at night is very nice and you can relax and enjoy the food.
You can eat full meal for $3us
Favorite Dish: This is a vegetarians paradise. Lots of different salads and differnt vegetarian dihes to choose from. Staff are ok, you just need to smile first. While I was eating (second night I was there) I saw a big fight between a drunk guy and the employees of the restaurants. I was very strange because the guy who was serving me sudenly run towards a guy and punched him hard. The guy felt and all the restaurant employees kicked him hard.
This is a very non-touristic restautant located right in the city centre, just a couple of hundred metres away from the Registan Square.
This is a very interesting restaurant because the building itself is quite big, but people are cooking outside on the street. there are lots of people cooking on stands on the street.
Favorite Dish: Food (I'm vegetarian) was noodles without any sauce, bread and tomato sald along with yougurt. You pay about 1500SUM for the whole meal.
You can also eat other Uzbek specialities like shashlyk and pilav.
Farruh is the place for tourist but they charge 2000-2500 sum for Russian beer.
The day after, we entered a small chaikhana (just when you leave the covered bazar). It's at a corner.
You can eat there comfortably but normally they don't have beer (pivo)
We asked and they went shopping for us.
We only paid 500 sum for one big bottle and had 4 for the price of 1 (Farruh)
Non-English speaking but very friendly
Our first evening we had the typical Uzbek plov (rice with a little bit of meat) for 1000 sum with the extra salad for 500 sum. After negotiating, they charged 2000 sum for 1,5 liter beer (not good).
The next evening we had shasliqs at 400 sum each, with aubergines, tomatoes and bread.
The meals are for Khiva standards ok but for Uzbekistan standards, they're expensive
It obtained with lunch, dinner, and breakfast in hotel ARKANCHI. There was also wine in dinner with Uzbek food and Russia food various. the time of my staying with 3meal $25!! It is very recommendation.
Favorite Dish: Ragman,Nan,Purov,etc...
The national food in Uzbekistan is rather heavy stuff. This is not the place for vegetarians!
Favorite Dish: Plov is always at hand. It is a dish with rice, meat and vegetables - cooked in large pots over open fire.
Shashlik is grilled meat - also available anywhere.
Samsa is meat and onion or other vegetables wrapped in pastry and cooked in a tandor oven.
Shurpa - meat and vegetable soup in different versions.
Laghmon - Uzbek pasta in a rich soup.
this is more just a rundown on the food moreso than on specific restaurants - we'll start with somsas. somsas are made of meat, onions, and chunks of fat. they are wrapped in dough and thrown in a clay oven. these guys are delicious but very greasy, they cost about 15-20 cents a piece and they're good.
osh or palov if you're talking to a russian is the national dish. it's also very greasy but delicious as well. meat and fat are fried in a big pot then onions followed by carrots are added then a bunch of water and rice is thrown in and it all gets cooked together. you must eat this. DO NOT BUY IT IN A RESTAURANT THAT CATERS TO FOREIGNERS. you should pay no more than 50 cents for a bowof osh but at some places in tashkent it will run you as much as $10 and it's not authentic. buy your osh on the street, the salad of tomatoes and onions is included for free. and get some bread to go with it.
Sorry, this restaurant has no name!
In this restaurant many families came to eat. They were very dressed up.
Favorite Dish: Shaslick. In Uzbekistan this is all kind of meat put on a stick and heated over a charcoal fire. Streets where there are more restaurants are filled with smoke and the smell of food during dinner time.
The Bakery in Buchara.The bread on the doorway means open and even has bread today! Samarkand and Tashkent have a variety of places to eat. Everything from small local establishments around the bazaars, to fancy international joint venture restaurants, to nightclub style places. The main cities really do offer a lot, including very friendly locals. Strike up a conversation you will be surprised.
The Choyhana or teahouse is a more traditional way of eating. There are many restaurants, but best to be with a local to choose one!!! The large pool in Buchara has great restaurants around it.
Favorite Dish: There is only one, shashlyk.
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