Restaurants

Top Choice Pizzeria in Ust-Kamenogorsk

Pitstsa Blyuz

Highly popular local chain in several locations including Gorky, Tauelsizdik and Kazakhstan serving pretty good pizzas and salads, and great ice cream and bliny, in clean, bright surroundings. Also at the Gorky loc…
Top Choice Uzbek in Shymkent

Kok Saray

Atmospheric multi-roomed 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 wit…
Top Choice Cafe in Almaty

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. The Kabanbay Batyr branch…
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…
Top Choice Central Asian in Aktau

Bakkara

The best shashlyk in town – tender lamb, pork or sturgeon – are grilled up at this place with no sign but recognisable by the trees lining its perimeter. The shashlyk go down a treat with chips, a salad and a mug of…
Central Asian in Almaty

Kok Tobe Kafe

For terrific tender shashlyk, grilled to a turn, at good prices, it's hard to beat this semi-open-air summer cafe known by expats as 'The Pit' (for its toilet, but don't let that put you off). The 14 varieties on of…
Central Asian in Almaty

Venetsia

Hugely 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 Kazak…
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 Western p…
Cafeteria in Almaty

Kaganat

This popular cafeteria chain will feed you satisfactorily and cheaply all day. Soups, salads, breads, assorted hot mains and desserts are on offer. There are branches at: Abylay Khan; Bogenbay Batyr; Dostyk; and Sat…
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…