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 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 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 Cafe in Almaty


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 Aktau


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…
Italian in Almaty

Mama Mia

A bright, relaxed, little pizza/pasta/salad house, with efficient service and a good choice of tasty food.
Chinese in Almaty

Restoran Printsessa

Come to this large, bustling restaurant for a filling, good-value Chinese meal. The menu offers a big choice including an excellent chicken, chilli and peanut dish.
Supermarket in Almaty


Yubileyny is one of the biggest central supermarkets, with a huge wine section, among other temptations. There are several quick-eat and take-away food options out front, too, with inexpensive bliny, manty, samsa, k…
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…
Russian in Astana


A cheerful restaurant/cafe where helpful, red-silk-shirted or -skirted staff serve a good range of fare from breakfasts and bliny to soups, manty, laghman and meat and fish mains.