Top Choice Central Asian in Astrakhan


This is the ideal spot to sample the diverse cuisines of the Caspian Sea region. Choose from traditional Azeri, Persian, Kazakh and Russian dishes, starting off with a 'Tsar's fish soup', then dabbling with baked la…
Top Choice Chinese in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Kitayskaya Gramota

Never mind the dubious humour in dressing waitresses as Mao's soldiers, this is the place to try outstanding Cantonese fare in an atmosphere echoing that of the opium wars decadence. A true culinary magician, the Ch…
Top Choice Mongolian in Irkutsk


Take your taste buds to the Mongolian steppe for some yurt-size portions of mutton, lamb and steak as well as filling soups and buuzy (dumplings), sluiced down with a bottle from the decent foreign wine list. Smiley…
Japanese in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Nihon Mitai

Yuzhno’s favourite sushi spot is a bit out of the centre, but the stylish bamboo 2nd-floor dining room is good for soba noodles and ramen (R410 to R550) and picking from the sushi conveyor belt after 7pm (from R180 …
Sushi in Murmansk


Fresh, thankfully, lives up to its name, and delivers top-quality rolls, sushi sets and noodle dishes in hip surrounds.
Central Asian in Novosibirsk


With a warm, relaxed atmosphere and a creatively decorated dining room it's no wonder that this central restaurant, which serves up an exotic flavour of Central Asia (although there's a fair few Russian staples as w…
Central Asian in Kosh-Agach


South of the centre on the Chuysky Trakt, Kazakh-run Yulduz is reputed to have the best laghman in all of Altai along with manti (steamed dumplings) and its specialty Kazan Kebab (lamb), all homemade and fresh. Well…
Asian in Vladimir


This sleek-looking pan-Asian restaurant offers everything from tempura to teriyaki to Tom Yum, including a wide variety of sushi rolls. On weekdays a 'business lunch' set (R350) is available until 5pm. It's at basem…
Central Asian in Chemal


This sky-blue open-air cafe and yurt serves traditional and tasty Altai and Central Asian dishes that will start to make Mongolia seem awfully close. It's at the southern end of town just where the road forks off fo…
Asian in Astrakhan

Restoran Yamato

Locals will tell you that Yamato is not the best of the Japanese crop in Astrakhan, but its location certainly is – right on the waterfront. It does a range of sushi, wok and pan-Asian dishes with a European edge.