Can you find vegetarian food in Uzbekistan? If so, what can you get? Can anyone recommend a good restaurant?
Generally difficult, but not impossible. If you eat salad and bread only. Most if not all local treats contain meat. I don't think there would be a day when you'll find a vegetarian restaurant in Uzbekistan. This is land of shashlik. It's better to procure food yourself from a supermarket while in Tashkent, and in other parts, you would have to cope with salad. Vegetarianism is not really understood in Uzbekistan, especially in the regions. Say "bez myasa" "g'ushtsiz" (without meat) when you order a salad, as occasionally the salad plate will contain sliced meat.Edited: 4:58 pm, July 03, 2011
I disagree. It's not all that difficult to find vegetarian food here. Although most of the national foods here include meat, not all do, by any means. Plus, most restaurants have vegetarian dishes. In addition, there aren't very many supermarkets at all. If you want to purchase fresh veggies and/or fruits, you're best going to one of the bazaars.
It's no more the land of shashlik (usually grilled meat), that it is the land of samsa (stuffed pastry). Samsa may be stuffed with meat, or potatoes, or mushrooms, etc (your choice). Plus there are many vegetarian salads. For that matter, shashlik can be grilled tomatoes and/or mushrooms.
Moreover, especially this time of year, there is an amazing selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Although, to my knowledge, there arent actual restaurants dedicated to vegetarians, you will have little to no trouble finding vegetarian food in Tashkent. Eating salads with food is common place, and I assume that your diet consists of fruits, vegetables (salads), and bread, and well assuming that my assumption about your diet is correct, then you should have no trouble finding food to ear. Another great, and culturally significant and interesting place you can go to is a Bazaar, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables and very low prices.
As stated, you can buy fruits and vegetables in bazars, not just in Tashkent but across the country. You can order salads at restaurants, of course. If by vegetarian food you mean special dishes which are normally prepared with meat but with beans for vegetarians, that sort of dish is hard to find. So, as others, I recommend going to bozors or (in Tashkent) supermarkets, as there are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available.Edited: 7:08 am, July 07, 2011
Uzbek restaurants usually offer meals with meat / chicken / fish but if you are staying in a hotel it is a good idea to ask them to cook vegetarian meal for you specially made for you. If you are staying in the house of your friends - they can cook anything (you say what you want to have in your meal ) it will be ready right in front of you in an hour or so. even in a restaurant you can ask the manager and offer to pay a little bit more for a specially made meal. JUST SIMPLY mention that you DO NOT want any meat in your dish. might take bit longer than usual but time is not a problem in uzbekistan (you will have plenty of it)
Yes you can at the Ragus restaurant.
Yesss ! Uzbek people are use to eat Rice and Pulao and Biryani You can find large verity of Vegetables and fruits in Market and ready made Veg Rice Pulao which contain lot of vegetables dry fruits .
Just walk around Market y.
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