Top Choice Turkish in Ashgabat


This charming red-painted cellar in the backstreets between the train station and the Hotel Paýtagt attracts a thoroughly local crowd, but you'll be made to feel very welcome. It's all about the sublime kebabs here …
European in Ashgabat

Sim Sim

Now a decade old, this one-time upstart is something of an establishment favourite. Despite its try-hard-and-fail decor, which is just tacky, the service and food here are top notch. The dishes are international wit…
Turkish in Ashgabat


The food is good at this friendly local institution and includes pide (Turkish pizza) and delicious kebabs. The service is attentive and swift, although it can get very hot in the summer months due to the wood-fired…
Russian in Turkmenabat


This friendly place has three garish rooms and even in the quietest one you’ll still have to compete with the TV to be heard. There’s also a bar that's popular with locals. The large menu runs from game to fish, and…
Kebab in Mary

Altyn Asyr

This simple kebab spot in the centre of town serves up delicious shashlyk. There’s a pleasant patio out by the barbeque. Next door you'll find the similar standard Miras Kafe.
Kebab in Mary


A furiously popular shashlyk place with outside tables, as well as private cabins inside for feasting away from prying eyes.