Best restaurants in Almaty

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    Line Brew

    This branch of the popular nationwide microbrewery attracts the carnivorously inclined with stone-cooked meats, an assortment of steaks, some of the juiciest shashlyk in the region and a supporting cast of salads and hot and cold appetisers. The beer on tap is the best in Kazakhstan and there's a pleasant summer terrace upstairs.

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    Tandoor

    This authentic Indian restaurant is well worth seeking out. Sultry decor and crimson ceilings combined with such classic northern Indian dishes as bhuna gosht (meat curry) and aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) make for an atmospheric meal. The pudina chicken tikka (chicken marinated in yoghurt and mint) is among the best chicken dishes we've ever had, anywhere.

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    My Cafe

    Yes, this place is self-consciously trendy, with pulsing ambient music, hip young staff and decor comprising giant steel feathers, but the food is imaginative and excellent. The okroshka (cold summer soup) is the best we've ever had, the flavourful lamb burger comes in a charcoal bun and the buckwheat noodles with grilled eel hit the spot.

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    Crudo

    Trendy without being snooty, this bare-brick-walled, industrial-themed place attracts meat lovers with the best steaks in Almaty. Ribeyes, T-bones, flank steaks, filet mignons and New York steaks are expertly seared to your specifications, with horse steak adding a local touch. Good-value lunch deals, too.

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    Manga Sushi

    It's worth travelling all the way to the outskirts of Almaty to sample some of Kazakhstan's most imaginative sushi rolls amid floor-to-ceiling manga art'; our favourite sushi rolls are called Ghost in the Shell. The service is young and sweet, and there are slurpable bowls of ramen as well.

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    Venetsia

    Popular Venetsia sits beside the little Malaya Almatinka River and its outdoor terrace is a great place to eat on a summer evening. There's a huge choice of Central Asian and Caucasian dishes, including Kazakh beshbarmak (flat noodles with meat cooked in a vegetable broth which is eaten separately), and the many varieties of shashlyk are among the best choices.

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    Daredzhani

    The pick of the city's Georgian establishments, Daredzhani serves numerous favourites from the Caucasus, including pkhali (cold, fragrant, herb-rich vegetarian starter), khinkali (giant seamed dumplings), chicken in plum sauce, shashlyk, and four types of khachapuri (Georgian bread with melted cheese). The decor is all earthy colours, pottery and farm implements and there's a solid Georgian wine menu, too.

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    Zheti Kazyna

    This exotically decorated, Central Asian–themed restaurant is a place to come for quality regional cooking. Old favourites such as manty , laghman , shashlyk, plov and spicy Dungan noodles are styled for the Western palate, and it's a good place to try Kazakh specialities including beshbarmak and horse steaks. The Japanese food in the basement is missable. Enter from Makataev.

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    Khodja Nasreddin

    This is one of Almaty's best Uzbek restaurants and especially nice in summer when you can sit around the courtyard. Go for the plov prazdnichny (festival pilaf), kazan kebab (lamb ribs and fried potatoes) or a good old shashlyk with spicy adzhika (hot pepper, garlic, herb and spice) sauce. The pichini (potato and cheese pies) make a good side dish.

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    Gosti

    The owners of this restaurant decided on a 19th-century Russian-country-mansion theme and then ran with it a few kilometres. Expect lots of samovars, chintzy curtains, a menu full of refined Russian standards, such as meat in aspic, pelmeni (dumplings), vareniki (other dumplings), draniki (potato fritters) and beef stroganoff, and kvass to wash it down.

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    Korean House

    In a green and leafy part of old Almaty, this popular, upmarket chain serves a smorgasbord of spicy, flavourful dishes from the Korean peninsula, from bulgogi and udon with seafood to squid in chilli sauce and bibimbap. Service is attentive and professional and there's an obligatory sushi and pan-Asian soup section.

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    Tyubeteyka

    With greenery-clad partitions granting patrons an illusion of privacy, this long-standing local favourite titillates local taste buds with a cornucopia of Central Asian favourites: several different kinds of plov, manty with pumpkin (autumn only), grilled meats... Wash it down with shubat (fermented camel's milk).

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    La Barca Fish & Wine

    Local professionals swear by the fish and seafood here – the grilled seabass, the oysters! – but the rest of the menu is also refreshingly different from most other restaurants in the city and includes such gourmet delights as quinoa salad and baked bone marrow. If you order the steak, make sure you have a fat bank account.

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    Fakir

    Cheerful Uzbek cheapie near the Green Market, with heaped helpings of manty (steamed dumplings), plov (pilaf), noodle dishes and chorba (stew). Popular with office workers. Waiting staff vary from cheerful and welcoming to surly and uncommunicative, Soviet-style.

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    Coffeedelia

    This fashionable coffee house with a relaxed atmosphere, fabulous cakes and pastries and good coffees, teas, juices and breakfasts is an evergreen chart-topper on the big Almaty cafe scene. This branch is busy and has a great pavement terrace.

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    Kaganat

    One of several branches of a popular self-serve cafeteria where you can eat your fill of salads, soups, mains and desserts without drifting into insolvency.

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    Kaganat

    This popular cafeteria chain will feed you satisfactorily and cheaply all day. Soups, salads, breads, assorted hot mains and desserts are on offer.

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    Coffeedelia

    Trendy, pleasant cafe that serves a good variety of salads, light dishes, pizza, coffee and cake. This branch is quieter than the main one.

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    Dastarkhan Food

    This superior cafeteria with attractive decor and spacious layout serves up a big choice of well-prepared dishes, from salads, soups and bliny (crepe) to laghman (long, stout noodles), plov (pilaf), Korean kuksi (noodle, meat and vegetable soup) and assorted fish and meat mains. Draught beer too. Long lunchtime queues Monday to Friday.

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    Eldoro

    This catch-all place near Panfilov Park has such a long, varied menu that you can't imagine they'd do it all justice – but the crowds day and night suggest otherwise. Go for breakfast, a burger, shashlyk, a steak, lasagne, salads, drinks – or the good-value set lunch served from 11.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.