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Reviewed February 10, 2020

Stopped for lunch since we were in the area.We enjoyed the stuffed cabbage and the crispy chuchvara. Both were delicious and the portions were huge. Looking forward to going again and trying some of the other interesting and different dishes. Our server was very helpful...in explaining everything.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 19, 2019 via mobile

While we would like to support this establishment because the food is just fine, we will not be returning. Anytime a business posts a sign announcing that an 18% gratuity (or any other amount) will automatically be added to the bill for all customers not...only do they violate the true meaning of the word gratuity but they rob the customer of the opportunity of blessing the servers if their service warrants such a gratuity. If the business cannot afford to properly pay their employees and instead demands that the customer bear this burden then the company should not stay in business and in all likelihood will not.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 26, 2019

This gem is the result of the owner, Mazal, perfecting a multitude of dishes. Everything was prepared to perfection. Service was included, and excellent. Lamb skewers, veal liver skewers, and sweetbread skewers are some unique and delicious specialties. The chuchvara was a bit oniony by...design, although not my taste. The Uzbek plov was outstanding. Now, for the desserts The best non-dairy Napolean in the world. The tiramisu was equally fabulous. ChakChak is worth a try. Our only regret is that we only ate there twice during our 5-day visit to Scottsdale.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

This is not a Russian restaurant, even though you may find many diners there speaking Russian. Close your eyes and you are having a fine meal in Samarkand. You must have the plov - meat on a wonderfully moist bed of seasoned rice with beans...and fruit and wondrousness. Our other favorite was a lamb kabob that periodically appears as a special when the chef has the ingredients available. We ordered a second because it was incredible. Cafe Chenar is BYOB, but be sure your beverage is kosher. We can't wait to go back to try more of the menu!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 7, 2019

Always looking to try something new and different. Very adventurous eater. Love to find the local eating spots. This was truly disappointing. Service, a complete disaster. Portions of meals never delivered or main courses delivered while we are having appetizers. Could not even remember we...ordered tea with our dessert. Food was okay, nothing special. Even my grandma, cooked better than this! Tables were jammed together, so almost no room to move your chair. I would not recommend. How they got the great reviews is truly beyond me.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 18, 2019

Our first visit to this new ethnic restaurant, but not our last. It is nice to have a local chef-owned restaurant in our neighborhood and an added bonus when the food is very good. This was our first experience with Russian food and we thoroughly...enjoyed the flavors. We started with the onion bread. I could have stopped there as it was delicious, hot and flaky, and big enough for our party of four. Our main dish was plov with beef. The beef was very tender and flavorful. For dessert we had a napoleon pastry which was excellent. Be aware the portions are big. Thank you "Phoenix Magazine" and Nikki Buchanan for featuring this restaurant as we wouldn't have been aware of it otherwise.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2019

This is a clean, stylish (for a strip mall), approximately 40 seat restaurant serving 100% kosher cuisine from Uzebekistan/Bhukara. The cuisine, generally speaking, is an offshoot of a pan-Central Asian cooking style based largely on Silk Road exoticisms like grilled kebabs called shashlyk, meat-stuffed pastries,...hand-pulled noodle soups and plov (rice pilov). It also has Russian and Muslim Uzbek inflections, as well as, surprisingly, Korean: In the 1930s, Stalin forcibly relocated thousands of Koreans to Uzbekistan, giving Bukharians their much-loved Korean carrot salad and kimchi, both of which are excellent here. Of the ten or so dishes we ordered, eight were absolutely fantastic. The other two dishes were only delicious. Musts are the eggplant salad, kimchi, any kebap, cornish hen, soups, any vegetable. The doughy things, like manti or chuchvara, both dumplings, are on the thick side, unlike the thin, gossimer style of Japanese gyoza; tasty, but of a certain style. The place is very busy, so reservations are a must. No booze, but BYOB is welcomed (no corkage fee).More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

Kosher Bukharian food. Pleasant but novice servers. Modest menu and one of the dishes we ordered was not available at noon! Peroshki tasteless. Samsa with unforgivable meat and scant onions. Vegetables very nicely done and huge portions. That hid the ghastly Cornish game hen and...the greasy and tasteless lamb. Expensive for what was served. Needs serious improvement.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a clean looking strip mall restaurant with friendly service and many doughy foods to select from. The cuisine is Bukharian Jewish of Central Asia. We started with a meat pie (belyash) which had a gummy crust. It was a little tough to cut...through, otherwise fairly tasty. We shared an order of chuchvaya ($11, should be $8) which was great for sharing and very tasty. Each of us ordered the lagman soup, which was filled with veggies and chunks of beef; very good ($10 each). This is a great place to order small bites/appetizers and share among all. Each appetizer is good to share with three people, maybe four. Bring your own kosher wine to this BYOB cafe. It starts getting busy at 5:30. Parking is in front of the cafe. There are desserts, too. You must read about the food online and ask questions inside and we had a chance to talk to The delightful chef Mazal. Check Phoenix Magazine January 2019 for a detailed article. We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

This is a new, strictly kosher restaurant serving authentic Bukharian food, fresh and tasty. Service is superb. My takeout order was prepared and properly wrapped up, waiting for me in less than 20 minutes. I was able to transport it back to my home and...it was still piping hot after 15 minutes in the car. The restaurant itself holds about 40 persons or so. I especially loved the Samsa hot appetizer, stuffed with ground beef in a homemade pastry dough. Skewers of chicken, beef, lamb and fish are also available. There are multiple choices. The Lagman chicken soup is delightful. Make sure to add the Fatir Bread -- a thick but tasty dough with onions.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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  • Cafe Chenar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4