Kazakhstan

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Kazakh, Russian

Restaurants

Top ChoiceIndian in Almaty

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)...

Top ChoiceItalian in Shymkent

Olivia

Visually a sultry cross between a stone-walled cellar and a library, with plenty of books on art and design on surrounding shelves, this gorgeous restaurant serves beautifully executed pasta dishes, risottos and...

Top ChoiceInternational in Almaty

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Almaty

Line Brew

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...

Top ChoiceItalian in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Pane & Vino

Decorated with framed recipes from different regions of Italy, this refined, contemporary restaurant really delivers when it comes to pasta, risotto and grilled meat dishes. Homemade gnocchi and prosecco and...

Top ChoiceUzbek in Shymkent

Kok-Saray

Atmospheric multiroomed Kok-Saray, with carved-wood pillars, murals and an airy front terrace, serves the best Uzbek food in town (and in Kazakhstan, claim aficionados). Don’t miss the perfect plov (tashkentsky...

Top ChoiceRussian in Almaty

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,...

Top ChoiceItalian in Medeu & Chimbulak

Bellagio

There's no denying that the setting is idyllic: yurts with dining tables against a snowy mountain backdrop, a glacial stream crossing the property. The dishes are a mix of Italian and international ones, and...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Astana Nury

This top-class Azerbaijani/Georgian restaurant has two lovely decks overlooking the river as well as an inside dining room with beautiful Azeri decor. The many varieties of shashlyk, coal-grilled meats and Azeri...

Top ChoiceCafe in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Hot Spot

Popular with a young, laptop-wielding crowd, this trendy cafe has something for everyone: good coffee, ample breakfasts, some of the best burgers in town, a great take on syrniki (cottage cheese fritters) and a...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Izumi Tai

Tasteful minimalist decor and friendly service greet you as you enter, and the extensive menu of Japanese dishes – from sashimi to cold soba noodles – doesn't let the side down. The scallop sushi rolls are among...

Top ChoiceInternational in Turkestan

Edem Restaurant

Edem Hotel's courtyard restaurant – by far the best place to eat in town – is a fine place to down good shashlyk, sushi, pasta, salads and beer.

Steak in Almaty

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...

Sushi in Almaty

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....

Steak in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Myaso

With a diagram on the exposed brick wall showing the different parts of a cow, fashion shows on the TV screen and a solid menu of (mostly) European wines, Meat is Nur-Sultan's best steakhouse. Read the statistics...

Central Asian in Almaty

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...

Georgian in Almaty

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...

Central Asian in Almaty

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...

Ukrainian in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Melnitsa

The owners of this restaurant chose a 'Ukrainian peasant inside a windmill' theme and then decided to run with it a few miles. Expect hay wagons, pitchforks and a menu full of gut-busting Ukrainian favourites,...