Restaurants

Top Choice Indian 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) ma…
Top Choice Italian 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 gri…
Top Choice International 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 be…
Top Choice International in Almaty

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 an…
Top Choice Italian in 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 shrimp …
Top Choice Uzbek 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 with…
Top Choice Russian 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, such …
Top Choice Italian 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 there a…
Top Choice Georgian in 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 pil…
Top Choice Cafe in 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 hand…