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#101 of 163 Cafe in Honolulu
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Lunch, Brunch
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Seating, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible

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Downtown Honolulu
0.3 miles from Downtown Honolulu
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Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch with a group of friends and family and had an amazing experience. Authentic Uzbek cuisine with plov and kabob provided excellent menu options. Highly recommend trying out this place!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

I loved every bite of the food I ordered at Silk Road cafe. Comfort food from Uzbekistan. Uzbek has some similarities to Ukrainian/Russian/Polish...if you like these foods I do not think you will be disappointed here. The one down side was that the boscht ($8.95)...is supposed to have some beef in it, even if a little bit (and the description on the board says it has it in it), but mine did not. That said, it was still delicious!!! The golubtsi, beef and rice stuffed cabbage roll cost $3.45 for one or $9.75 for a plate meal. It was excellent. The Plov (Osh) is a rice pilaf with beef, chickpeas, carrots and raisins, $9.50 The deep fried bread with beef (Perashka) was tasty aprox $3- for one...I came late, I think it would have been amazing if it was just cooked vs sitting in on paper towels room temperature in a bowl. I will certainly return as there is so much more to try...what an awesome treat to find this restaurant in Hawaii.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

After all the hype died down, a comfort killer in this city when trying a new place, I decided to give it another try. I had been reading about Uzbekistan in National Geographic and decided it was the perfect time. Silk Road Cafe is located...on Merchant Street in Downtown Honolulu. It's part international grocery store (Uzbeki, Russian, Turkish, etc.), and part restaurant. The serve both lunch and dinner. The menu changes often and certain days of the week they offer a special combo. It was perfect for me as the Friday I came in was a dolmas plate; one of my favorite foods. The location is so clean and bright, the opposite of the former tenant. Colorful cloth curtains hang in each window, giving it a comfortable vibe. You can eat inside or in the walkway; all tables are comfortable and in the shade. A full wall is the international foods to go, while many freezers contain ice cream and other frozen items. The drink cooler has special cheeses and meats as well as bottled kvass, sodas, and homemade fruit drink (that I thoroughly recommend trying). The special combos run around $12, which is typical for a full meal lunch in this area. My combo had seasoned rice, hot spiced beef dolmas, a dill seasoned pepper carrot blend, green salad, and julienne carrot salad with a zesty dressing. One of my favorite parts was the freshly baked bread with seeds and a hint of fresh dill that never left my hands for the rest of the afternoon. Any drink on the top shelves is included, so I tried their homemade red drink, which was a semi-sweet combination of various fruit juices and apple pieces inside. It went perfect with spices and hot temperature of the food. The staff at first came across as cold, but the more questions I asked, the happier and friendlier he got. I recommend inquiring about the food, it'll be worth your time. This is definitely a unique restaurant, it's the only Uzbeki one I've heard of on the island. The food is healthy and delicious, portion sizes are moderate for the price. I look forward to coming and trying more items soon; especially their sweet looking desserts.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

This was a great place to stop while out seeing the sights. The food was tasty. We got the kebabs - chicken and lamb. It came with a small salad, Uzbek bread, rice and a serving of Markov carrot salad. The fruit kompot was tasty,...as well. You can get it to go or eat there.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

First time here! Had their Tabaka - rotisserie chicken thigh, seasoned rice, salad & house-baked Uzbek naan bread. Everything was really delicious! My friends had the Lagman (beef & vegetable soup over hand-pulled noodles) and Pelmeni (small dumplings were in vegetable broth) - I got...a taste of each and they were yummy too! For dessert, we shared a Medovick (layered honey cake) & an apple pie tart. Both were good, though the honey cake stood out because it was so surprising - a cake that’s moist, with honey though not super sweet ... just right! We almost ordered another, and there are other versions of honey cake to taste in the future! I’ll be back! ;) Silk Road Cafe is located in the old C&G’s space.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I am always up for a new place to eat, and Silk Road Cafe did not disappoint! Living in Hawaii where everything is Asian fusion, I am so happy a place like this has opened up downtown and is doing so well. I love middle...eastern food, but have never tried Uzbek food. There was a long line, but it moved very fast. They have it down to a science and the service was a well-oiled machine. The cashier was friendly and you can tell they are proud of what they serve. I ordered the beef somsa and the goluptsi which were delicious! The somsa is like a pastry filled with beef and potatoes. The gulptsi reminded me of the Polish golabki (spelled MANY different ways!) my grandmother used to make and took me back to childhood! No better compliment than that! I am looking forward to returning to Silk Road to try the Borscht soup. This is a place not to be missed!More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

A friend brought me to this new restaurant and they had me at Borscht. Unfortunately when I visited they were out so I'll need to go back for another taste. The restaurant itself is located inside a dingy building which they did a great job...cleaning up. I never wanted to eat in any of the restaurants inside this building before because it gave me a dirty feeling. But the owners of this restaurant really clean in up and brighten up the place with good lighting and a fresh coat of paint and flooring makes me want to eat here. The menu is very simple but there are enough variety to make you want to come back. Since they are out of Borscht and I really wanted soup, I decided to try the Lagman because of the handpulled noodles. It did not disappoint - the noodle texture is quite different from oriental noodles, however, so you need to keep an open mind. Unlike udon, the noodles are not chewy at all, it's very soft. The soup base is very good, however, you can tell it took time to develop the flavors needed. I don't mind there is not that much meat there, I like the veggies that make up the difference. The portion is good, so you are not stuff and fall asleep in the afternoon. The price is also good for a downtown lunch. The service is quick, you are eat there or take out. Will come back to try other menu items.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

The flavors are India to Africa with Persian & Russian basics depending on your entree, so delicious & enough food for lunch & dinner!!! We arrived about 12:30 & just happened to be there with a short wait & available table. Few min later, the...line was again long. They were already out of several entrees. I had the pilaf w/ beef which was tender, the pilaf had so many different flavors with each bite & the carrot salad awesome! My husband had the grilled chicken which had a spice that reminded him of an African restaurant in LA, tender on a bed of rice with salads. I'm definitely going back to try some of the other dishes especially the ground beef skewers & the blinis. Silk Road Cafe is a gem tucked into the many restaurants in downtown Honolulu. Park at Kukui Plaza & walk down the Fort Street Mall to Merchant Street.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed June 11, 2017

I love this place! The husband and wife owners are friendly and cute. You can tell the passion and love they have for their place and for the food. Everything I've ordered so far, I love! I am going to try everything on the menu!...It would be awesome if they could expand into a full service restaurant one day. We definitely need more ethnic foods in Hawaii, other than the usual Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, etc. If you are a tourist, it's very near the Iolani Palace, so walk on over and grab some lunch. It might get busy during noon as you'll get the downtown lunch crowd. But it's worth it. Or order take out and eat on the Iolani Palace lawn grounds.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

Uzbek cuisine absorbed the best national dishes from countries along the Great Silk Road and added to them unique ingredients and cooking techniques. The Silk Road cafe offers a rare opportunity to taste delicious and authentic Uzbek food in the middle of Pacific Ocean. My...wife and I ordered much more than we were able to eat: pumpkin samsas (similar to Indian samosa, but better), lamb manty ( similar to Chinese dumplings, but better), lamb and chicken kebobs, fish. All dishes were freshly prepared, flavorsome and really enjoyable. Also, friendly people and reasonable prices are waiting for you at this place. Tips: Pay attention to carrots salad and red sauce. They are special. Park at 1099 Alakea St. This is an inexpensive public parking.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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