Aleksandr Chuprakov/

This is an unpretentious Oriental restaurant with a prevalence of Uzbek cuisine. Neither the proprietors nor the chef seem to have any interest in wooing customers or showing particular hospitality. The food is right on the money: no-frills but time-honoured for centuries. Pilaf, dolma, lagman, chuchvara, manty, and all the rest of it. Visitors come in droves, the kitchen goes nonstop, and the prices are markedly below the competition. Once you’ve taken the edge off of your hunger, you will notice the beautiful, colourful décor: Central Asian rugs, mosaic ornaments, tableware and tiling.