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“Best Indian food in Central Asia”
Review of Namaste Salaam - CLOSED

Namaste Salaam
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 28, 2012

I think I've tried every Indian restaurant in the region (there aren't many) but this new addition was a new high for me. Food quality up to the standard of a good British high street Indian, with lots of flavours and they aren't frightened of using spices (although optionally hot, medium or mild). Prices are top end for Dushanbe but that isn't high ($6 for a main dish). Restaurant is only small so plan ahead.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The place only opened last week in mid September and as a Brit of Indian descent, I know my grub, and I wasn't disappointed. The official opening has yet to take place so they are fine-tuning the running. By chance I knew the owner from the 90s when he had the only Indian restaurant in Minsk, Belarus - the Taj - which was a roaring success.

The location is prime centre on the Rudaki Street and almost opposite the Zsum Store. Best to avoid weekends - we had to wait for a table on Friday as it was full. It did feel a bit stuffy if full and smoking is unfortunately allowed but it should be better as the season cools and their AC systems updated for next summer.

Food: marvellous. One can go for hot, medium or light spice - ie. the chilli factor - and although they don't have Chaat Maasala (a standard starter) the menu is reasonably comprehensive, authentic and the meats - especially the mutton - is superb. Black Dhal or lentil is a north Indian and Kashmiri dish which is not easy to get in restaurants and they do it and do it well. The breads are reasonable although proper chapati flour it ain't.

I have been there three times in 10 days and I have yet to order a dessert given how stuffed I am on the main courses! But I'm told they do Halva and will be introducing home made gulab jamuns shortly.

Wines: I like my wines but I would never dream of having it with Indian food! As a Punjabi I take my lassis and they do both sweet and sour - the latter is better. Their wine list is fairly limited from grumblings on the next table but I gather they will be stocking a wider range by October when the place is in full flow.

A very popular place with foreigners and with the Tajik toffs.

Value? Yes, but its not cheap by Tajik standards although excellent value if you're on a perdiem as it costs approx 10-15 dollars/head without wine.

Thoroughly recommended!

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