National cuisine restaurants

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This is an Oriental chain restaurant mostly offering Tatar food, known for its outlandishly colourful interior decorations. The hallmarks of the place are deep, soft sofas, baldachins, lots of rugs, and ethnic Tatar tableware, which patrons use to eat Tatar Azu, homemade noodles, manty with mutton, or sesame flatbread. Rubai with its home cooking, ornate lampshades and subdued sounds feels more like a roomy, hospitable Oriental home than a public dining establishment. One other plus for Rubai is its deli counter, offering things like chak-chak in a gift box, meat and cabbage pie, "Turtle" cake, and much more. Rubai also delivers. If you have no desire to walk to Rubai, Rubai will deliver food to you in any part of town within 90 minutes.
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Humo is the bird of happiness in Uzbek lore, and it is no accident that this restaurant is so named. Humo is a two-storey restaurant designed in a modern Oriental style. It has a veranda with a nice view of the city. The restaurant stages DJ parties with dancing on Fridays and weekends. Sundays are reserved for children's festivals and family dining. Humo styles itself as a Lounge Café and keeps up the appropriate atmosphere. People come to Humo, not just any place, to have a good time with family and friends. The meat entrees are huge – one is big enough for two. Humo has an agreeable discount system.
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This is a bar, so alcohol comes first and music shows happen every night. However, the food is worthy of note. The menu is mostly American and Mexican: tacos, quesadillas, clam chowder soup… You do not get this kind of food often in Kazan. The food is complemented with some microbrewery beer (mostly from Saint Petersburg) and rare fine whiskeys. Rockstar Bar staff sound proud of their alcohol selection when they write about it at length on social networks. Rockstar Bar is one of the happening places in Kazan. Irrespective of the official hours, it will stay open until the last customer leaves. The bartender won the 2016 Kazan Beard Award in in the Biggest Beard category. The bar uses a flexible system of discounts and bonus points.
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Cuba Libre is a Cuban restaurant with spicy food, exhilarating mixed drinks and dancing till dawn. Expats and foreign students love it. The menu is saturated with meat and all kinds of spicy foods (steaks, tacos, fajitas and all the rest of it). The local bar staff know exactly which mixed drinks go well with this kind of food. Their hardest-hitting preparations are Mojito and Cuba Libre, considered an integral part of the place's style and atmosphere. It is a nonstop party at Cuba Libre every night and on weekends. If you want to try it, be prepared for lots of music, dancing and cheerful Latinos. It will be fun, as long you are not planning on a quiet evening out.
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This is a popular Asian takeout café, offering rice and noodles with a choice of toppings: shrimp, mushrooms, veal, pork, etc., wheat tortillas with similar fillings, and two most common Asian soups: tom yum and fo. The servings are large and the prices are below average.
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Uryuk is an Uzbek restaurant chain present in many cities across Russia. There is only one Uryuk restaurant in Kazan. Due to its central location, it is the preferred lunch destination for office staff from the neighbourhood during the day. In the evening, most of the clientele are business travellers and locals. The owners of Uryuk deserve credit for popularizing Uzbek food like no other place in town. Now everyone knows what jigar sai, kazan kabob and tovuk sai are, not to mention manty. Even people who rarely go out to eat know those dishes. Uryuk has this smart system of "sets." For example, if a small party shows up for dinner and everyone is hungry, they will be advised to order one of the six sets on the menu, which includes shish kebab, lulah kebab, vegetables, and at least one litre (35 fluid ounces) of lemonade. They have animators at Uryuk on weekends. Aside from other amusements, they will be happy to water-paint your child's face while you are busy with your pilaf.
This Uzbek chain restaurant has a pretty standard decor for an Uzbek place: ornamental rugs all over, hookahs, and sofas with pillows. Some menu highlights are shish kebab, pilaf, manty with mutton and veal, chebureki. The food is pretty basic, and the prices are lower compared to other Uzbek restaurants. It is not surprising that P.love is one of the most popular Uzbek restaurants in town. If you plan to come here on a weekend, it is best to call and reserve a table.
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You are unlikely to notice this small Indian restraint when you are simply walking down the street. You have to know where to look to find it. The interior decorations are typical of an Indian establishment. The place is always packed (call for a reservation). Malabar's traditional Indian menu is not large, but very much to the point: various kinds of soup, biriyani rice, lamb verendra, machli tikka kebab (fish kebab). Malabar is pretty pricey, so if you are here for the first time and not sure what you want to order, the smart thing to do is to pick one of their sampling sets, which are big enough for two: chicken, fish, vegetarian, or the hefty dessert platter. Promotions happen at Malabar on a regular basis. For example, they will occasionally offer free watermelon, accompanied by the reminder that it is good for your kidneys. They stage what they call "green weeks" here, adding light veggie specialties to the menu.
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This is an Uzbek restaurant, offering mostly traditional Uzbek food. The servings are gigantic: one order of pilaf or chuchvara is enough food for two. They say that mutton specialties are particularly good at Karshi, and must not be missed. Thyme tea and baklava are popular among locals.
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One of Kazan's favourite Uzbek restaurants, Pashmir elegantly fuses Oriental chic with European service. The highlights of ethnic decor are the ceiling-high vases, mosaics, wicker furniture and a huge fireplace. Government officials and other local people of consequence dine in peace and quiet at Pashmir. You can judge the clientele by the cars parked out front. They cook with flair at Pashmir, but no matter what your server recommends or your own instincts suggest, go for the pilaf. The chef will personally bring a wokful of pilaf to your table. The thing to bear in mind that it takes long to make the dish. They make it fresh a few times a day at Pashmir, so you may have to wait. Alternatively, call them to make sure pilaf is ready. Public baking of a whole lamb takes place every Friday at Pashmir. Sometimes they run promotions here – a wine festival, for instance, and they cater for family events.
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The brand chef of this Oriental restaurant, Bakhriddin Nazhmidinov, is a celebrity chef who has worked in some highly successful restaurants in Moscow and Tashkent. One time, in 2010, he prepared pilaf for the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Nazhmidinov's trademark pilaf, made with red rice and mutton, can be tried at Mamadzhan. All other Uzbek favourites are also on the menu: shurpa, chuchvara, manty, mutton chebureki, saj, and more. While this food alone would totally make one's evening, the proprietors of Mamadzhan have a plethora of entertainments in store for the patrons. Something fun is always going on here: singing, dancing, raffles and promotions.
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Romeyn is a bourgeois gastropub located inside an upscale residential complex – Magellan. Their bulging menu is dominated by grilled selections (meat, poultry, fish and vegetables) and mixed drinks. Romeyn is serious about steaks (Rib-eye and New York), offering five meat cooking options. Your server will guide you through Romeyn's extensive selection of wines and beers. Families come to Romain on weekends and stay very long. The animator will keep the kids entertained while the grownups unhurriedly consume their sumptuous dinner. There is a karaoke bar at Romeyn.
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This restaurant has been around for more than ten years, but nothing has changed here. The same interior decorations, the same servers, the same clientele turnout… The place is packed on weekends, just like it has always been. The menu is cross-cultural, featuring the all-time favourites culled from most world cuisines, but nothing too fancy: risotto, pasta, borscht, shurpa, pelmeni, marinated herring… Steaks and Japanese food each have their own section on the menu. Priyut Kholostyaka consists of several areas: main space, hookah bar, party room and secluded porch, which opens in summer. The restaurant also offers a completely detached space for small to medium-sized parties and educational events. It is like an apartment in its own right with its own restroom, couch, TV and kitchen, which is suitable for teaching master-classes.
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This is a festively decorated Uzbek restaurant of five rooms with sofas, hookahs, Central Asian music and friendly staff. The place owes its unfailing festive feel to things like multicoloured pillows, rugs, the heap of watermelons in the middle, gaudy drinking bowls, hookahs, mosaics, ornaments and carved wooden furniture. On weekdays, Drevnyaya Bukhara serves business lunch, offering a large selection of dishes in sets. Their main menu is huge and complicated, consisting of both Uzbek and international specialties. The Uzbek selection includes horse sausage kazy, mashkhurda soup, Tuyena mutton tenders. One room, which easily fits 90 people, is reserved for parties.
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Khinkalnaya is a Georgian café chain started in Moscow years ago. This café has a light-coloured wooden interior finishing and furniture, and plays Georgian choir music on weekends. The menu is pretty obvious and mostly Georgian: kharcho soup, pkhali, satsivi, Ajar khachapuri, khinkali, lobio. All food is prepared according to traditional recipes – no modern adaptation. If the soup is supposed to be greasy and heavy, that is what it is going to be, and your server will tell you so. There are Georgian wines on the menu – ask your server what wines are proper to what foods. The café is roomy enough for parties and all kinds of celebrations.
This restaurant is a wooden building with interiors decorated in the traditional style. Right in the middle of it stands a Bolgar wood-burning oven in which they bake goose, duck and lamb dishes and simmer ready-to-eat foods. Those in the know speak highly of the local tokmach, shurpa mutton soup, "bridegroom's pelmeni," horsemeat salad and beef echpochmak. Despite the success of their traditional cooking, the chefs at Tatarskaya Usadba decided to transcend the national cuisine, adding numerous international specialties to the menu. The restaurant has an extensive wine selection and a sommelier on staff, who will help you make a choice. TU is more than just a wooden hut. It has a winter garden, a veranda, a hotel, and a pen with lots of sheep and a peacock. If you happen to visit Tatarskaya Usadba when it is warm out, try to get a table on the veranda, which opens up on the scenic Kaban Lake.
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This Kazan restaurant has existed since 1969. It was remodelled in the 2000s, but that did not affect its culinary specialism. The best specimens of Tatar cuisine are prepared here with love and respect for tradition. Dom Tatarskoy Kulinarii, located on a pedestrian street in the city centre, must not be missed! As you walk in, remember one thing: you will probably want to try everything, but DTK is not cheap.

The following specialties come highly recommended by steady patrons: kalzha meatloaf, horse sausage, meat and noodle soup, and manty (go for the ones with mutton). And do not forget to order some traditional Tatar baked products: echpochmaki or chak-chak. The Tatar Gourmet House is a large multiplex, where a family get-together can happen in one room while a reception for some foreign ambassador is in progress in another. Artists and musicians, who are available onsite, will grace any event with music and singing. There is also a Tatar Cookbook for sale on the premises, and a book on the restaurant's history.
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