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