Restaurants

Top Choice European in Bishkek

Cafeteria

Great for cocktails or coffee, American breakfasts or spicy pitas, vegetarian lasagne or salmon risotto this brilliantly reworked classic building has a semi-circle of columns linking high ceilings with chequerboard…
Russian in Bishkek

Russian Drama Theatre Buffet

For sheer novelty, seek out this inexpensive cafeteria hidden in the basement of an outwardly drab concrete theatre. The windowless dining room's unique feature is the luridly colourful wallpaper portraying giant 16…
Halal in Karakol

Bistro Mustafa

Steering just clear of serious tackiness, Mustafa has made more effort than most Karakol eateries to create a sense of style – a mish-mash with Islamic imagery, cases of Soviet badges, mirror walls and faux beam-wor…
International in Osh

Izyum

Osh's most complete drinking/dining experience is a hit in summer for its riverside and woodland tea/dining platforms, but it also has a stylishly angular cafe with amply piled cushions on wide sofa seats. Slightly …
Central Asian in Bishkek

Manty Bar

This is a cosy, comfy and very friendly place to compare speciality foods from several Central Asian countries. The signature manty (steamed dumplings) have a gourmet brilliance, encased in dreamily light dough as t…
International in Karakol

Kench Café

Slightly classier than the competition – which doesn't say a lot – Kench has stone-effect walls with playful petroglyphs and stylishly elegant tables that would be better if the chairs fit under them. An English men…
Kyrgyz in Bishkek

Arzu Style

One of central Bishkek's most convivial upper market eateries has back-lit filigree panels in the more attractive smoking room, but an overload of brand new 'antiques' in the smoke-free section. Unusually tasty lagh…
Central Asian in Kochkor

Café Vizit

Clean and comfortable, if over-bright and often in a hurry to close early, Vizit is still open later than almost anything else in town and is the only Kochkor eatery with a menu in English. The duck brazier (sizzler…
Central Asian in Bishkek

Chaikhana Jalal-Abad

The faceted facade evokes an archetypal Central Asian teahouse with carved wooden columns, tea beds and octagonal lattice-work pavilions. The main restaurant interior has far less character, but produces a fine sele…
Russian in Bishkek

Derevyashka

Airy if bare, this pine-and-glass beer hall has large indoor spaces with low couches plus ample outdoor bench tables. Fine pub food includes excellent 'snow chicken' (fried with onions, mushrooms and cheese) and McD…