Samarkand Asia Restaurant did not disappoint as some places did during our stay in Uzbekistan, as it is well decorated and has splendid service, which is impossible to fault. Breakfast buffet is perhaps a bit simple, considering that the hotel has 4 stars. Breakfast is much better in other places. I had nothing special just some hot dish: sausage , eggs, etc ... This restaurant belongs to [poi = 468701] Hotel Asia Samarkand [/ poi], and had the most people had already had a group of French and one German. The menu like all the others: salads, soups and meats, but here we were surprised the dessert was made with puff pastry and nuts, very tasty ...
I like bread, what can I say ... And it's still true that in our country there are a variety of good breads. I wanted to do a homage to Uzbek bread ... It is slightly similar to Moroccan bread with a small amount of yeast and if it's not fresh, a little chewy, but if fresh ... It's something else! It's a type of sponge cake, slightly sweet, and also cooked in the clay oven walls, as they do in India with chapatis, or the equivalent in Iran ... This bread is a staple of the Uzbek diet. It's not original or unique in this country, but eaten in several countries or regions of Central Asia ... For example in Kyrguizstan and Kashgar in China ... Here are some photos of each country ... To see who is where distinguishes each ;-) ...!
The truth is that in my tour of different cities we got to know many hotels and restaurants and one of them that we least liked was the Asia Tashkent restaurant, in the hotel that is named Asia Tashkent hotel . At breakfast the choice was simple: - Coffee or tea with cold milk, hot water, cold water, cherry juice and peach juice. - Crepes, lemon cake, raisin bagels, muffins stuffed with marmalade and bread mold type. - Hot food: frankfurter sausages, boiled eggs ... Well there were also various cereals, yogurt fruit fillings Uzbek, Uzbeks skin peanuts, jam and butter. In my case the worst were the lunches and dinners we had because as a set menu if you do not like something you do not eat ... Uzbek as the menu is always the same: - From Incoming salad bowls you and were placed in different classes. - First things first: here soups always had noodles and vegetables. - The second was the best steak ever, but very well prepared here and they had a beef stew with carrots and a veal escalope with cheese and mushrooms. - The desserts were very bad, one day we ordered lemon cupcakes and another day filled rolls.
Of all the hotels I stayed in on my trip through Uzbek, Asia Buhkara hotel, was famous for its Asia Restaurant which I think was one of the best buffets for me personally. The breakfast buffet had: - Drinks and other juices, coffee, tea, milk and cold mineral water. - Crêpes, different rolls, yogurts, cereals and fruit (only had apple, pear and tangerine ... it was a shame not to go in the summer when they have many watermelons and melons). But here, unlike other breakfast buffets there was a cook who made fried eggs or omelets with the ingredients you chose, and they were really delicious. The dinners here were also very good, in fact it was the only restaurant that was able to sit our party of 17 together. The Uzbek cuisine here was similar to that of other cities with starters of salads, soups and meat.
The pilau rice is one of the typical dishes of Uzbekistan. It is a potent stew that is halfway between couscous and paella, and is good although quite powerful. It is made of rice, beans, meat (chicken or lamb), vegetables (carrot, tomato, onion), raisins and saffron . You can eat in many places, but I prefered to try in Tashkent, the capital. We were at a popular restaurant where pilav is made in large pots, in the middle of a courtyard, and diners line up with their dish to be served and move to one of the long tables to share. There it is eaten by hand ... Hygiene is not quite important there, but nobody was sick. Finally, you can take a slice of the delicious watermelon from Central Asia ...
The nice surprise that the capital of Uzbekistan gave us was the amount of bars and restaurants given that we were in a Muslim country thought we were not going to have alcohol or just beer. After a long day of sightseeing we stopped at the terrace that was the place called Cherry Sushi Bar located on the street Kari-Niyazova a little ahead of where is the famous Theatre Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet. As we had a fantastic day we decided to stay on their terrace listening to live music, where Uzbek Sarbast had a few beers, a Coca-Cola and best of all is that if you ask the waitresses she will bring some pistachios that were Typical Uzbeks and they were delicious. Its opening hours was the most comprehensive from 11.00 am to 11.00 in the evening every day of the week.
When spending many weeks traveling around Uzbekistan, one misses: good coffee, a good pasta, a dessert that tastes "foreign", in short, Western food. When traveling I love to enjoy the food, but being a non-consumer of meat I sometimes had very big problems. I arrived at Café Sunduk by Lonely Planet, which rightly recommends it. Situated in a nice neighborhood between residential areas and offices, not far from the Protestant Church, Café Sunduk goes unnoticed by the outside but when you walk in, you realize that it had something different, with a very refined taste, food is carefully prepared and nothing less. In a beautiful handmade handwritten menu you find pancakes that are sweet or savory, omelettes with vegetables, pasta with different sauces, delicious mashed potatoes, amazing sandwiches, meat that was certainly very good- and an exquisite black tea that is "death" Honey Pie with cake. All at very affordable prices and attentive service. For fans of the original environment is a place to consider here the reuse of objects to give rise to new entities is very successful decorative.
Throughout our circuit of the Uzbek land, one of the best places we visited was Khiva, I do not know if it was because it coincided with them putting on a buffet that we all loved, or because it was two of our colleagues birthdays. There was an Uzbek folk show, with cake and everything. The Asian restaurant was located in a separate building opposite the second block of rooms at Hotel Asia Khiva. This is a fairly large room with possibility to eat both indoors and outside under a covered terrace, enjoying the warm weather of the city of Khiva. The breakfast buffet was like that in another hotel where we'd been, but here there was a wider variety, and there was fresh toasts here that were delicious.... besides that it was much like the other buffets. The best thing that happened was that the first night we prepared a dinner buffet which we loved and that everyone could take what they liked. They had everything: lots of salads, various soups, burgers, fajitas, chips , etc ... And then the last night here we prepared a special dinner party with the auction of a huge birthday cake for our 2 friends whose birthday it was.