BISNIS - Uzbekistan Report

31 JUL 95

FM AMEMBASSY TASHKENT


IMI: GUIDE TO RESTAURANTS IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF TASHKENT


1. SUMMARY. CS TASHKENT PROVIDES A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ACCEPTABLE RESTAURANTS FOR THE FOREIGN COMMUNITY IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF TASHKENT. MOST OF THE CURRENTLY OPEN RESTAURANTS IN TASHKENT USED TO BE "SOVIET STYLE FANCY" RESTAURANTS WITH LIMITED SERVICES AND INADEQUATE QUALITY OF FOOD, DUE TO STEREOTYPES ABOUT RESTAURANTS, WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT A CAPITALIST STYLE OF LIFE. SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION THIS ATTITUDE HAS BEEN CHANGING, MORE PEOPLE HAVE STARTED TO VALUE GOOD QUALITY FOOD AND SERVICE AND NEW PRIVATE RESTAURANTS HAVE EMERGED LIKE MUSHROOMS AFTER THE RAIN. END SUMMARY

2. PAYMENTS IN ALL RESTAURANTS ARE MADE IN LOCAL CURRENCY. TIPS ARE NOT A WIDELY ACCEPTED TRADITION IN UZBEKISTAN. HOWEVER, IF BUSINESSPERSONS LIKE THE FOOD AND SERVICE, TIPS MAY BE APPROPRIATE, ALTHOUGH SERVICE CHARGES WILL USUALLY BE ADDED TO THE BILL.

3. FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF RESTAURANTS FOR THE FOREIGN COMMUNITY, WITH CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RESERVATIONS:

ISTANBUL

1 PUSHKIN STR.
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 33-73-67

LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY, ACROSS PUSHKIN STREET FROM THE HOTEL UZBEKISTAN. ALTHOUGH THE LOOK OF THE RESTAURANT IS FANCY WESTERN STYLE, THE QUALITY OF SERVICE AND FOOD IS NOT VERY HIGH. DUE TO THE RESTAURANT'S IDEAL LOCATION, IT COMES UP AS A FIRST CHOICE OF BUSINESSPERSONS. PRICES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH (AVERAGE USD 50 PER PERSON). IN ADDITION TO THE POOR QUALITY SERVICE, THE RESTAURANTS' MANAGEMENT OFFERS A PRIX-FIXE SELECTION OF FOOD WHICH INCLUDES DIFFERENT TYPES OF SALADS AND SIDE DISHES THAT WILL INITIALLY COST ABOUT USD 25. THE MAIN MENU OF THE RESTAURANT CONSISTS OF EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL (SHASHLIQ AND PLOV) OF MAIN MEALS.

TIYON

13 PUSHKIN STR.
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 33-20-50, 33-91-17

LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY AT PUSHKIN STREET, WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE HOTEL UZBEKISTAN. FANCY WESTERN STYLE LOOK DOES NOT REALLY REFLECT OVERALL QUALITY OF FOOD AT THE RESTAURANT. WITH ACCEPTABLE QUALITY OF SERVICE AND EDIBLE FOOD, THE RESTAURANT OFFERS VARIOUS ITALIAN AND EUROPEAN MEALS. THE AVERAGE PRICING AT THE RESTAURANT IS AROUND USD 35 PER PERSON. THE RESTAURANT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DIFFERENT SORTS OF OFFICIAL RECEPTIONS AND INFORMAL GATHERINGS.

ZARAFSHAN

17 MATBUOTCHILAR STR.
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 35-56-93, 33-43-76, 33-68-98

THE RESTAURANT LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE CITY OF TASHKENT, WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM CENTRALLY LOCATED HOTELS SUCH AS THE UZBEKISTAN AND THE TASHKENT. THE "ZARAFSHAN" REPRESENTS THE TYPICAL SOVIET-STYLE RESTAURANT IN A GIGANTIC BUILDING WITH SEVERAL HALLS. WITH FANCY FURNITURE AND ACCOMMODATIONS BUT INADEQUATE SERVICE AND BARELY ACCEPTABLE FOOD, IT OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL FOOD INCLUDING "SHURPA" (SOUP WITH VEGETABLES AND MEAT), "PLOV" (RICE FRIED WITH VEGETABLES AND MEAT), AND KABOB. THERE TWO CONSTANTLY OPEN HALLS "CENTRAL" AND "MIRROR" WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FOR OFFICIAL RECEPTIONS AND INFORMAL GATHERINGS. THE AVERAGE PRICING AT THE RESTAURANT IS AROUND USD 15 PER PERSON.

CAFE OLEG

INTERSECTION OF PUSHKIN AND YAKUB KOLAS STR.
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 33-45-22

LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY (DARKHAN), CAFE OLEG IS ONE OF THE RECENTLY PRIVATELY OPENED RESTAURANTS IN TOWN. IT OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF EUROPEAN, GOOD QUALITY, FOOD. CAFE HAS ONE HALL AND ALSO CABINS FOR PRIVATE AND BUSINESS "POWER" LUNCH ES AND DINNERS ARE AVAILABLE. THERE ARE SEVERAL SEAFOOD SPECIALS AT THE RESTAURANT SUCH AS LOBSTER AND CAVIAR. THE RESTAURANT PRICE LIST IS VERY REASONABLE (USD 10-15 PER PERSON). PORK DISHES ARE A SPECIALTY.

VERNISAZH

40 RASHIDOV PROSPECT
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 56-34-07, 56-50-46

LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE CITY, WALKING DISTANCE FROM INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, ADMINISTRATIVE AND BUSINESS AGENCIES. THE RESTAURANT OCCUPIES THE BASEMENT OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION HALL. IT OFFERS WIDE RANGE OF EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL MEALS, SPECIAL SEAFOOD AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE NOTICE. THE RESTAURANT ITSELF REPRESENTS A NICE AND QUIET PLACE FOR BUSINESS LUNCHES AND DINNERS. IT USED TO BE THE BEST PLACE IN TOWN FOR LUNCH; HOWEVER, FOOD QUALITY HAS DROPPED CONSIDERABLY, BUT STILL ACCEPTABLE (USD 15-20).

RICHMAN

16 LAKHUTI STR. (LOCATED IN THE ISRAELI EMBASSY BUILDING).
TASHKENT 700000
TEL! (011-7-3712) 56-50-38, 54-96-57

RICHMAN, LOCATED A FEW MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE CENTER OF THE CITY, IN THE OIBEK SUBWAY STATION. THE RESTAURANT HAS A FANCY LOOK, WITH TWO HALLS, EUROPEAN, MOSTLY WESTERN STYLE, FOOD, BUT ORIENTAL FOOD (KOREAN, CHINESE) IS ALSO OFFERED. THERE IS ALSO A PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE FOR OFFICIAL DINNERS. THE FLOOR SHOW IS NOT OUTSTANDING. RICHMAN IS ONE OF THE PRIVATE RESTAURANTS IN TASHKENT WHICH PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES SUCH AS SENDING AND RECEIVING FAXES, PHOTOGRAPHY, FOOD DELIVERY, AND TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE RESTAURANT. THE AVERAGE PRICE IS AROUND USD 70-100 PER PERSON.

SEOUL

65 USMON NOSIR STR.
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 53-57-86, 53-14-14, 53-52-52

KOREAN RESTAURANT, LOCATED A FEW MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE EMBASSY, AND VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION. "SEOUL" OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF KOREAN, EUROPEAN, AND NATIONAL MEALS IN AN ACCEPTABLE QUALITY WITH ADEQUATE SERVING. THERE ARE TWO HALLS IN THE RESTAURANT, VERY NICELY FURNISHED AND WITH THE SOFT MUSIC. THE MENU CONSISTS OF MAIN COURSE, SOUPS, DESERTS, DRINKS, AND SOME SPECIALS OF KOREAN AND EUROPEAN FOOD. THE AVERAGE PRICE AT THE RESTAURANT IS AROUND USD 30- 50 PER PERSON.

SAM-YANG

11 CHILANZAR
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 74-45-71, 75-94-32

RECENTLY RENOVATED AND OPENED PRIVATE KOREAN RESTAURANT. LOCATED IN ONE OF THE SUBURBS OF THE CITY, CHILANZAR, ON A FEW MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE EMBASSY. SAM- YANG OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF ORIENTAL, MOSTLY KOREAN, AND EUROPEAN FOOD. QUIET ENVIRONMENT WITH SOFT MUSIC, QUALITY FOOD, AND GOOD STANDING SERVICES. THE RESTAURANT ALSO OFFERS NATIONAL MEALS. THE PRICES ARE RANGE FROM USD 25 TO USD 50.

BOGI-SHAMOL

107 AMIR TIMUR STR.
TASHKENT 700000
UZBEKISTAN
TEL: (011-7-3712) 34-53-96, 34-40-31

LOCATED AT THE NORTH END OF THE CITY, A FEW MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE CENTER OF THE CITY. IT IS NEXT DOOR TO "TASHKENTLAND," A NEW AMUSEMENT PARK WHICH BEGAN OPERATIONS RECENTLY. "BOGI-SHAMOL" HAS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR HALLS, WITH ACCEPTABLE FOOD AND ADEQUATE SERVICE. THE RESTAURANT OFFERS NATIONAL, EUROPEAN, AND KOREAN DISHES. "BOGI-SHAMOL" IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SEAFOOD SUCH AS CAVIAR AND LOBSTER. THE AVERAGE PRICES ARE RELATIVELY HIGHER, SO AS THE SERVICES ARE (USD 30-50 PER PERSON).

BLACK DRAGON

6 ABAY STR.
TASHKENT 700000
UZBEKISTAN
TEL: (011-7-3712) 44-00-67

LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE CITY, A FEW MINUTES DRIVE FROM INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, WHERE THE ADMINLSTRATIVE AND BUSINESS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LOCATED. IT IS ALSO LOCATED WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE HOTEL "TURON." THE RESTAURANT IS PRIVATELY OWNED, AND OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF EUROPEAN, KOREAN, AND CHINESE FOOD. "BLACK DRAGON" IS FAMOUS FOR KOREAN FOOD. IT IS A NICE PLACE FOR LUNCH WITH SOFT MUSIC AND PRIVATE ENVIRONMENT. THE AVERAGE COST AT THE RESTAURANT IS AROUND USD 30-50.

MUBORAK

1 ISTIKLOL
TASHKENT 700000
TEL: (011-7-3712) 33-36-80, 33-37-70

LOCATED AT CENTRAL SQUARE (AMIR TIMUR KHIEBONI), WALKING DISTANCE FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. MUBORAK OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEALS INCLUDING NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN. THE RESTAURANT HAS TWO HALLS; MAIN AND BALCONY. THE MAIN HALL HAS VERY NICE AND QUIET ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS BEST FOR DINNERS. ACCEPTABLE QUALITY FOOD AND ADEQUATE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT THE PRICE (USD 40-50 PER PERSON).

PIZZA HONA

49 UZBEKISTANSKAYA STR.
TASHKENT 700000
UZBEKISTAN
TEL: (011-7-3712) 45-58-62,45-76-40

LOCATED ON ONE OF THE CITY'S CENTRAL STREETS, WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE PALACE OF FRIENDSHIP, IN THE BUILDING OF TASHKENT STATE ECONOMICS UNIVERSITY (TSEU). "PIZZA HONA" WAS ESTABLISHED BY SUMMER BUSINESS SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT GRANT UNDER THE PEACE CORPS' SUPERVISION. IT OFFERS 20 KINDS OF AMERICAN STYLE PIZZA IN SMALL, MEDIUM, AND LARGE SIZES.

  PRICE LIST FOR PIZZA ARE FOLLOWS:

     SMALL                    USD 3.5-5
     MEDIUM                   USD 7-9
     BIG JEFF PIZZA           USD 15-20

  ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS:

     PINEAPPLE      USD 1.00
     MUSHROOMS      USD 1.00
     VEGETABLES     USD 0.35
     SAUSAGE        USD 0.82

FESTIVAL

98 UZBEKISTANSKAYA STR.
TASHKENT 700000
UZBEKISTAN
TEL: (011-7-3712) 45-81-23, 45-79-26

LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE CI7Y, ON ONE OF THE MAIN BOULEVARDS, ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF "DOM KINO" (MOVIE HOUSE). IT IS A NICE PLACE FOR LUNCH AND BUSINESS DINNERS WITH MUSIC, NOT VERY CROWDED, AND BETTER THAN AVERAGE FOOD. THE RESTAURANT OFFERS SEVERAL KINDS OF EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL MEALS. THERE IS ALSO WIDE BAR SELECTION (SOFT AND ALCOHOL BEVERAGES). THE AVARAGE COST OF THE RESTAURANT IS AROUND USD 20-40.

OLD CHIGATOY - RESIDENTIAL AREAS

LOCATED IN THE OLD PART OF THE CITY, "ESKI SHAKHAR". IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION PRIVATE RESTAURANTS WERE NOT ALLOWED DUE TO STEREOTYPES ABOUT SANITARY ENVIRONMENT IN PRIVATE RESTAURANTS. AFTER INDEPENDENCE A NUMBER OF SMALL PRIVATE RESTAURANTS WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE OLD PART OF THE CITY. MANY OF THESE RESTAURANTS MEET WESTERN SANITARY CONDITIONS AND OFFER GOOD QUALITY NATIONAL MEALS SUCH AS KABOB, PLOV (FRIED RICE WITH DIFFERENT VEGETABLES), LAGMAN (SOUP WITH NOODLES), AND SHURPA (SOUP WITH DIFFERENT VEGETABLES). THE RESTAURANTS OFFER WIDE RANGE OF SALADS, SOFT DRINKS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. THESE RESTAURANTS ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR DELICIOUS KABOBS. WHILE DRIVING IN THE OLD PART OF THE CITY ONE CAN NOTICE CHILDREN INSISTINGLY CALLING TO VISIT THEIR GARDEN "RESTAURANT" IN THEIR HOUSES. PRICES IN THESE RESTAURANTS ARE NOTICEABLY LOWER THAN IN THE RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY (USD 5-7).