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“Amazing food court”

White Sun of the Desert
Ranked #205 of 14,835 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tverskaya
Description: The White Sun of the Desert Restaurant is ideally situated in Neglinnaya Street, one of the oldest streets of the capital, and is not far away from the centre with the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and The Kremlin. The restaurant is named after the legendary Soviet film of the 1970-es - “Beloye Solntse Pustyni” (White Sun of the Desert). The interior and its oriental design revive the atmosphere of the film: a summer garden with peacocks, walls and floors decorated with hand-made carpets. Three tiny halls are separated from each other by screens, which makes you believe that you are in a Tajik saklia (house). The walls are coarse beige. The tables are put on a boat in one of the rooms. There’s a pool with sturgeons in the middle of the room. Uzbek, Oriental and Chinese Cuisine. Specialties of the house: Zhauaneh - chicken wings with garlic cream-sauce, pilaw, shashlik on live coals, various salads and appetizers, Uzbek soups, "lagman", which is a dish made of Uzbek noodles, and more. Every evening: belly dancing, live music.
Reviewed January 2, 2014

The White Sun of the Desert Restaurant is located in Neglinnaya Street. This is one of the oldest streets and famous streets of the town. Moreover, this restaurant is nearby some famous tourist attraction places like, the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and The Kremlin.
After my business meeting, I and my colleague visited this restaurant to have lunch and drinks. The interior of the restaurant is refreshing and touch of oriental design perk up the ambience of this place. The interior of the house also includes screens which separates the hall in three portions that give the classy look to the restaurant. In one hall, the tables are put on a boat, which looks nice and different concept. Apart from decoration, this restaurant offers delicious food and we ordered Zhauaneh - chicken wings with garlic cream-sauce and drinks. Zhauaneh is the specialty of the house and of course, the taste of the chicken is out of the world. I enjoyed this place and have great food there.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

I was not disappointed visiting this legendary restaurant, which celebrated its 16th anniversary this year. The atmosphere, the service and the interiors are very authentic and stylish. But the main forte of the place is surely excellent Uzbek & Central Asian cuisine. Wonderful bread, great soups & salads and the best plov I have ever tasted in my entire life! The deserts of various traditional oriental sweets like nougat, pakhlava, etc. are also worth trying.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

The food and service was great. The staff speak Russian which given you are in Moscow is to be expected. Ordering your food is a bit of a lottery as for some reason there are more items on the Russian menu than the English version. Don't be off put though the food and experience is well worth it

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1  Thank John H
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Was not in this place for over 12 years: great to tell that it remains as good as it gets! Food is tasty, fresh and well presented. We had probably the best lamb chops ever, not to mention manti. Service is very friendly, as they do want your business.
Atmosphere was very accommodating even for our small kids, but that was Saturday lunch time at +29 outside. The whole city was at dachas...
Few points to improve: a few mix ups vs our orders, as well as we had to chase our waiter a few times to order things. At the end credit cards were not accepted, probably due to machine set up and only for foreign cards.
Overall, remains one of the best in Moscow for asian food with a good service at somewhat high price.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

For all expat and travellers to Moscow this one among others Novikov's restorans is so-called thematic place: interior is made per famuos Soviet movie. The quality of food is so-so and pricy. If you want to try a great Uzbeki cousine try Kinoplov or Vizir Makhallya

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