Great food, extraordinary environment, music. The only thing is they charge you for a lot of extra's, which they don't tell. They say music and service is included and then they ask 10 % for the kitchen and 10 % for a show which is going to start after your dinner.
We had a great and cheap meal in this restaurant. You have to go down the stairs and then you enter a big space. They are cheap and have a great menu. The decoration is something special.
Favorite Dish: Village chicken was great as you can see at the photo.
I liked Avtoretroclub restaurant most of all.
Design of this restaurant is so uncommon: they separated restaurant to some different parts (Russian cottages - izba, Muslim cottages, big public banquet room with wood furniture, beautiful garden with waterfall and lake, also many rarities and ancient motorcycles and cars in the garden, living music ).
There are European, Muslim, Russian dishes and also you can smoke hookah...
Prices are very low...I had many different dishes and drinks and paid 10$ for everything...
The director of this restaurant is very intellectual sportive ( little English, fluent Azeri and Russian speaking man), his name is Elshan...He likes travelers and makes them big discount.
Favorite Dish: shashlik and lula kebab and vine
It was a hot July afternoon and, after a long tiring meeting in Baku's Old City ( Icheri Sheher ), my colleague, Steve, and I were rushing towards the Maiden tower to have a relaxing lunch. Then suddenly, while crossing Boyuk Gala street, we came across this new brownish-red signboard - "The Oilman's Inn: Restaurant & Bar". We looked at each other and, without exchanging a single word, marched towards the large polished wooden door. I must admit, the instantaneous decision was more a result of our parched throats and empty stomachs than that of my ceaseless curiosity to try out new restaurants.
But when we reached near the door, the curiosity certainly took over as the hand-written menu hanging outside listed a rather unusual combination of offerings -- "Balti Chicken - 29,000, Lamb Biryani - 24,000, Pork Chops - 30,000, Full English Breakfast - 30,000, Fish 'n' Chip - 30,000". I had yet to come across an expat restaurant in Baku Azerbaijan that offers such a uniqe and diversified menu.
Is it a Curry House? A Pub? A Greasy Spoon? Curious, we pushed the door to enter and found ourselves in a dining hall with round tables and a bar at the end. There was a smaller hall on the right hand where, apparently, some private business lunch was being hosted. The semi formal interior and the cleanliness immediately forced me to rule out the Greasy Spoon option.
We were greeted and seated in the main hall by a well-mannered and pleasant waitress who handed over the menus.
Favorite Dish: A Set Lunch was on offer- soup, curry, rice, poppadum & soft drink for just AZM 32,000. But, instead of surrendering to their temping set lunch offer, I decided to explore their A La Carte menu. The starters and main course curries looked more like those offered by traditional Curry Houses - Samosas, Pakoras, Baltis, Masalas, Kormas, Biryanis etc. But the next pages of the menu seemed to take a sudden U-turn - Fillet Steaks, Lamb & Pork Chops, Egg Bacon Chips & Beans, Mushroom Omelette and many popular pub grubs. Then there was a section of Chinese dishes. Salad and smoothies selections were also quite impressive.
I ordered Italian Salad, Balti Chicken and Fruit Lassi. Steve went for Chicken Soup, Fillet Steak and Banana Shake. Service was fairly quick and courteous. Balti Chicken came with Pilau rice, Poppadum and pickles. Though, I was a bit surprised that the curry was served in a bowl, instead of the traditional Wok shaped pot as they serve back in the UK. No matter how it was served, the curry itself was probably the tastiest I ever had. Steve had the same comments about his steak and I don't argue with him when it comes to steak.
Total bill came out to be just AZM 110,000. As we were getting ready to get up, I saw the manager coming towards us- with a broad smile on face and two Discount Vouchers in hand. After enquiring if we enjoyed our lunch, she gave us the vouchers and requested us to come back for dinner. She also informe that they had opened just 2 weeks ago. It seems I was not very late in discovering this new gem of Baku dining scene.
This is a Turkish Restaurant. It is big and garden is covered with "tent" durng winter. The best thing about the restaurant is very rich menu. You can order grill, seafood, kebaps, Italian, Turkish, local, vegetarian, etc.
Favorite Dish: The grill is inside the restaurant, next to you. You can see and smell the food while cooking. Grill is recommended.
Very modern styled Italian restaurant. The decoration is perfect, even you rarely see in Europe. Staff is excellent and English spoken. The food is excellent with variety of local and import wines.
Favorite Dish: We were 8 people and had different food. My favourite was Penne L'arrabiata but my friends enjoyed other foods. Local red wine is recommended.
This is the Italian restuarant belongs to Azerbaijan State Philarmony.
It looks better from outside but inside is also not that bad. It was Sunday afternoon with "all you can eat" service. Pizza was average.
Favorite Dish: Nothing special. Average Italian.
The architecture is very unique. There are medieval like rooms with stone walls. Rooms have fireplaces of old style. Service is good.
Favorite Dish: Local food is mainly meat (red). "Sashlik", "tike" are the ones with most reputation. But my favourite was meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves. Locally called "Yaprak Dolma".
Very nice food and a good atmosphere. Quite busy when I was there (Dec 2007). The bar next door is also part of the complex 'The Lounge'. The spaghetti bolognese was excellent and we had a lovely starter made with gorgonzola. The place has a good name locally and the service was ok. We also got service quickly, and the wine list was reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Spaghetti bolognese - nice and meaty, great sauce. Pasta was just right consistency and very hot.
I am indulging in a Chinese restaurant, where the ex-pats say the food is authentic and not served as a burnt offering to the gods. Started with Sour and Hot soup. Truly fantasic. No pork was used at all (Muslim country you know) rich and quite spicy, with sweet, hot, sour, and salty flavors. Really exceptional. Then crisp pork spring rolls. Perhaps a bit oily, but the filling was meaty, the wrapper crisp and flaky, and the flavor very well developed. No sauce needed. The Ginger-pork dumplings were light and tender. You could really taste the ginger spice. The dumpling dough was difficult to pick up because it would break under the pressure of the chopsticks. Each entree item is served on a small metal box with holes in it. Within each box are warming candles to keep the food hot! I ate slippery-coated chicken with fried cauliflower and carrots. Mild and succulent. The meal ended with "green" tea that was closed to red or weak oolong. Still warming and calming. No bother. A hot towel and some candied walnuts made a nice top off.
Favorite Dish: Sour and Hot Soup, without a doubt.
This is located in an old Caravanisary beside the Maiden tower in the centre of the old town. The courtyard still has a well and around the courtyard are a series of private rooms decorated traditionally. Theres a band and I suspect dancers on occasions. Its all very picturesque (if a bit touristy). Theres also a gallery at the restaurant where you can chat up the charming artist as she tries to get you to buy a painting (very good but a little more than I'd intended to pay for dinner :-)
The service and food are very good although as everything is made fresh you should allow 45-50 minutes for it to come (This is a good general rule of thumb in Azerbaijan, especially outside Baku!)
Favorite Dish: They have a great meat dish which gives you a bit of everything they prepare (various kinds of Kebabs-Don't come to Azerbaijan if you're vegetarian :) Its too much for one but for a few its really nice.
PS If you are in a small place and don't want meat, they'll usually have good bread and really nice feta style cheese!
I have been in different restaurants in Baku...But if you are just in the centre, on Fountain Square and want to taste good and cheap kabab, made from fresh meat and given in big portion - you have to go to Nargiz Restaurant. It is made in very interesting midevel decor.
And also i want to advice Soho cafe- more than 20 sorts of coffee and drinks, prepared from coffee on T.Aliyarbekov 6 (barman Ziya +99450 3193819)
Red lion, Phoenix pub, near German Embassy and TJ’s pub near Lukoil Company's building.
I have been in different restaurants in Baku...But if you are just in the centre, on Fountain Square and want to taste good and cheap kabab, made from fresh meat and given in big portion - you have to go to Nargiz Restaurant. It is made in very interesting midlevel decor.
Favorite Dish: The kabab from Fish is very delicious!!!
Address: Fountain Square
Directions: Location - Fountain Square, in the same building with Bakcell company and 7 Gezel (7 beauties) beauty salon, basement near OXXO shop...
Favorite Dish: The kabab from Fish is very delicious!!!
The food is a little pricey but it is in the hotel so I'm sure that is why. But the food is good and the views over the Caspian and the Maiden's Tower are great. If you don't want to pay the food prices, then just sit in the bar below it. Same great view but for the price of a coke...
Favorite Dish: The filet mignon was good and beautifully cooked... especially because it is difficult to get good beef here. It is on all the local menus, but tends to taste too strong for Western palates. But here it was just like home.
Housed in a 14th century caravanserai, that’s all this restaurant has to offer. Half of the menu is international cuisine and only foreign drinks are served, while poor English speaking but aggressive waiters try to make the choice in your place on the highest end of the menu. And this is not all – the “local flavour show” is in fact a series of 4-5 Russian songs and ballades of Intourist type, for which 10 new mantas/table (11 usd) are requested above and outside the bill. Not to forget – you are kicked off at around 23,00 (“Sorry, we have to close, I will probably go home by taxi anyway”).
In a few words, a 14th century caravanserai transformed into a restaurant with average food and aggressive service, accompanied by kitsch Russian songs and foreign drinks.
Favorite Dish: Of all the things we ordered being pushed by an agressive waiter, LAVANGI - chicken stuffed with walnuts and herbs (speciality form S Azerbaijan) - is the only memorable one.
Restoran located on back of the Hotel New Intourist... It is a big spacious place... Food is good, service excelent... It is a unique experience, because restoran not just restoran. It is at the same time a bur and a dancing place, all combined together... You eat, dring and dance without any croud. All this done with elegance and style... It is a neet excepirience...