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As the capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent is the right place to discover the flavours of the meat-heavy national cuisine. In the midst of an unprecedented economic development which is revitalising the local dining scene, Tashkent’s many new restaurants and cafés are on a mission to introduce the city’s residents to international cuisines and local fusions. Find out more in our guide to the 10 best restaurants in Tashkent.
City Grill certainly deserves its reputation of being among the best restaurants to go to in Tashkent for a succulent steak. As expected, grilled dishes take centre stage at City Grill – in fact, the emphasis on grilled meats is something that’s also typical of Uzbek cuisine in general. Diners will be particularly grateful for the impressive list of local and imported wines to choose from for a great pair with their food. While both City Grill branches sport a refined ambiance, the newest location on Sharisabz Street has the added advantage of an inviting summer terrace. It is also recommended to families with children, as a whole room full of toys awaits to entertain the little ones.
City Grill, 1 Shaykhantaur Street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, +998 90 910 04 50
City Grill, 23 Shahrisabz Street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, +998 910 04 50
A good exploration of what Uzbekistan’s gastronomy has to offer might well start at Tashkent’s Caravan Art Café. Here, customers can taste the fundamental dishes of Uzbek cuisine, including the country’s signature staple: the plov. Also known as pilaf, the plov is a dish of rice cooked in a broth and served with a topping of meat bits, carrots and onions. More than just about the food, Caravan Art Café also serves as a great introduction to Uzbekistan’s cultural life at large, seeing as it comprises an art gallery and a small shop of local handicrafts, and the fact that it’s often used as a location for live music performances of local jazz and folk artists.
There’s a new restaurant in Tashkent which is quickly gaining a flock of aficionados for its combination of great food and laid-back ambiance. Barbaris Café opened in the last months of 2013, and was designed to do more than offer a solid – if somewhat unusual – meal of Italian and Japanese food. The café sets out to provide locals and visitors with a modern space to meet with family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is laid out over two floors, both with seating but one featuring a more classic, stylish design, the other with a funky punch to it. Those in Tashkent looking for an exquisite dinner and a fun night out should definitely consider Barbaris Café – it will not disappoint.
Barbaris Café, 21 Taras Shevchenko Kўchasy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, +998 71 256 35 35
By Graziano Scaldaferri