Restaurants

Top Choice Central Asian in Astana

Astana Nury

This top-class Azerbaijani restaurant has excellent service and two lovely decks overlooking the river as well as an inside dining room with beautiful Azeri decor. The many varieties of shashlyk and Azeri pilaw (plo…
International in Astana

Line Brew

You can’t miss Line Brew’s large, red-brick castle building, and the interior is, well, like a tavern inside a castle. The excellent food runs from Greek salad to Angus and horse steaks and grilled sea bass. A shash…
Central Asian in Lake Burabay

Kafe Taranchi

The Taranchi has an unmissable pink, castlelike exterior, a short walk west of the main bus stop in Burabay. Good Uyghur laghman, plov and tosh-kan (a spicy meat, onion and noodles dish), and some Russian dishes, ar…
European in Astana

Rafè

This cosy, relaxed cafe/restaurant is great for coffee and delectable cakes/desserts but also good for mostly Italian main dishes, from risotto or pizza to duck with tagliatelle and cherry tomatoes. Salads are overp…
Cafe in Astana

Eagilik

The relaxed cafe at this friendly English bookshop, a bit of an expat hangout, does a very welcome range of home-made quiches, pies, cakes and cinnamon rolls. The coffee's fine too. The shop (open from 10am Monday t…
Cafeteria in Karaganda

Rational

Rational bills itself a 'business-class stolovaya (canteen)' and serves up a range of typical Russian and Central Asian staples that are indeed a cut above the general run of self-service restaurants. It's bright an…
Central Asian in Lake Burabay

Kafe Alina

Just east of the Burabay bus stop, Alina is done out in pinks and purples and turns out respectable versions of everything from bliny to kuksi (Korean noodle, meat and vegetable soup) to shashlyk to salmon with red …
Cafe in Astana

Caramel

A tasteful, spacious and relaxed coffee house that’s great to drop into for a late breakfast (including English and continental) or a caffeine-and-strudel pick-me-up. The original branch in the old city is just as g…
Central Asian in Astana

Kafe Shymkent

Shymkent is a spacious, clean and efficient local restaurant doing dependable local staples from eggs and bliny to plov, shashlyk, manty and beefsteak with mushrooms. It's on a rear corner of the Kazyna shopping cen…
Turkish in Astana

Divan

The menu at this friendly Turkish eatery is little more than a series of lamb/chicken/beef kebabs and shashlyk, and salads, but it's all good – as are the views of the Bayterek monument and dancing fountains from th…