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Located a few hundred yards from the Hermitage, an ideal place to sample the exotic dishes of Central Asia. Stepping in off the street is like taking a journey to another world of vaulted ceilings, exotic decor, luxurious furnishings, painted murals, gently murmuring water features, and of course a warm oriental welcome.
Start your meal with some local dishes, hot or cold, perhaps a warming soup on a cold winter's day or a selection of cold salads based on Russian and Central Asian recipes incorporating aubergines, pomegranate seeds and walnuts for example. Then try one of the main meat dishes such as shashlik or dolma kebab in a choice of chicken, beef or lamb, together with a plate of vine leaves, juicy and sweet Uzbek dumplings, or the national rice dish, plov. If fish is your preference you can try the salmon steak. Make sure you get a choice of vegetables to share, such as tomatoes, peppers or baked aubergine, add some freshly-baked flat bread and try the local hot sauce, adjika, to spice things up. There's a full wine, beer and liquor menu, or go for a pot of jasmine tea.