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Chaikhana Jalal-Abad

cnr Kiev & Togolok Moldo | city centre, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
(312) 61 00 83
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Ranked #32 of 116 Restaurants in Bishkek
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Lausanne, Switzerland
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The first thing you will notice when you arrive in this restaurant is the atmosphere: the biggest part is a terrace, and lets you enjoy the view on the street. You can choose to sit on what we, westerners, consider a "normal chair" or to sit in the traditional kyrgyz way. They serve many different local specialities. I had the... More

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I like this place, because it is located at the heart of Bishkek. The facade of the building is decorated with hand crafted woodsmanship. The food is also good, and they serve traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. But it has been my experience that the service is poor, especially if you are seated outside, it is hard to get them to come... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Good relazed atmosphere with large tables of various styles (Kyrgyz and western). It didnt seem like a place alot of westerns go to, so if you like the local touch of clientel also, this is the place for you. Food is good and waiters are quick and friendly. Its rather cheap and smack in the center so great for a... More

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Indiana, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you want to try local food dished up in a Western-style cafe, then don't go to Chaikhana Jalal-Abad. However, if you want authentic Uzbek food in a local environment, this is the place for you. Located right off the main thoroughfare in downtown Bishkek, this restaurant serves great plov, shasklyk, and other Central Asian dishes. I love the 'tapchani',... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Fantastic food - try the shashlik or the layman. Service was great and the staff were helpful. The tea was quite good as well.

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Jalal-Abad offers Kyrgyz national food (southern). Food is too fat. Even if for Asian cuisine. Not customer-oriented.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

It was friendly, and communal with strangers often sharing tables. The seats are raised platforms that you can stretch out on, and there's a smaller table rising from the middle. I went there twice and the food was good. I'd recommend the tandoori samosas. Prices reasonable, as everywhere in Bishkek.

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New York City, New York
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122 reviews 122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Actually, there are few places called Chaikhana in Jalal abad. This one is probably the best one, as I was invited there by locals. If not the best, then the most "international". Bread (lepeshka) is good, it is ibaked on the premises and served first with the tea. By the time the mai course arirves you have had enough bread... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Beware of this establishment. The english menu has lower prices than the Russian menu. When you realise that you have been overcharged, they argue that the english is the "old" menu and the russian is the "new" menu. Stand your ground, like all crooks they will back down. Unfortunately another Lonely Planet dud.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

An average place with questionable hygene standards heavily advertised for tourists. I personally prefer Faiza as they have better food and lower prices. A no place for vegetarians.

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