We travelled to Milliy Taomlar by metro and on foot from our hotel (Hotel Uzekistan) and it was a very worthwhile adventure.
Loved the casual, bustling, noisy atmosphere. Without any Uzbek or Russian language skills, I ordered by looking at what was on offer as we walked in, looking at what people were eating at other tables (the restaurant was very busy on the night of our visit), and then finding a waitress, taking her to the meal prep area and pointing (also tasting the little samples that the cooks offered me!)
It was an unfamiliar cuisine to us, reminding us of a mixture of Middle Eastern, Uyghur Chinese and European flavours, and we enjoyed everything we ordered. Lots of cumin, paprika and onion, plenty of vegies and fresh salads (I'd feared that the food might be overwhelmingly meaty), surprisingly lots of beef dishes (we'd thought it would be primarily lamb/mutton and that we'd be encountering horse at every turn!), accompanied with delicious thick yoghurt and Uzbek traditional Non (bread). We washed our meal down with lots of hot tea. Couldn't eat it all (we over ordered) but it was an inexpensive night out.
If you go, make sure you try the shurpa!
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