As-Kazan – Local Food in Bishkek

As-Kazan Кулатова, 20 9:00- 10:00 Main Dishes from $3 As-Kazan has been one of my favorite restaurants throughout my time here in Bishkek. Colloquially referred to as the “Lagman Shop” by my friends, As-Kazan is...

Room Pub in Bishkek

Room Pub Б. Юнусалиева 142 10:00-2:00 (P.M) Drinks and Dishes under $3 The Room Pub is the definition of a quality hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Originally found by my friends just wandering around Bishkek, the Room Pub...

Euroasia Cafe in Vladivostok

 Euroasia Cafe/Евроазия Кафе ул. Крылова, 10 Hours: 9:00-21:00 daily Meals from 300 Rubles ($4.60) While restaurant selections are plentiful in Vladivostok’s city center, there is actually a dearth of options close to Vladivostok State University...

Govinda in Irkutsk

Govinda / Говинда ул. 2-я Железнодорожная, 66в 11:00 – 19:00 Meals from $4 www.Govinda.cafe Govinda is a surprisingly progressive restaurant for the conservative, Siberian nature of Irkutsk. Styled with an Indian flair, it is the...

Vostochnyi Kvartal Cafe in Moscow

Восточный Квартал/Vostochnyi Kvartal г. Москва, ул. Арбат, 45/24 Hours: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm Prices:8+ vkvartal-arbat.ru Central Asian food seems to be all the rage in Moscow. These restaurants are often decorated with beautiful Central Asian designs...

Chainaya by Kolomskoye Park in Moscow

Чайная/Chainaya Andropova Ave., 39 Prices: 450 rubles+  Shashlyk is a simple meat dish that is made by literally putting meat to fire. However, the way it’s done here in most restaurants is usually attributed to...

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Bishkek

Being a vegetarian in Bishkek was not nearly as challenging as I had expected it to be. This incomplete guide covers some of the places and dishes I discovered during my nine months in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Supara Ethno-Complex, Bishkek

Supara Ethno-Complex/Супара Этно-Комплекс Supara.kg 1a Karagul Akmata Str., Kok-Jar village Meals from 340 som Супара Этно-Комплекс (Supara Ethno-Complex) on the scenic outskirts of Bishkek, was developed over the past several years by Tabyldy Egemberdiev, president...

Central Asian Plov Center in Tashkent

Central Asian Plov Center/Среднеазиатский Центр Плова 1 Iftihor St./ул. Ифтихор, д. 1 Hours: 10:00-14:00 Entrées from 5000 sum ($2) Though I have tried плов (plov, or pilaf) in only one restaurant in Uzbekistan’s capital, I...

Manty Bar in Bishkek

Manty Bar/Манты Бар 108B Sholokova St./ул. Шолокова 108В Entrées from 140 som ($2.75) Potatoes are my favorite food; wrap them up in a dumpling, and I’m in heaven. Throughout my travels, I’m always keen to...

Chaikhana Jalal Abad in Bishkek

Chaikhana Jalal Abad/Чайхана Жалал-абад 30 Togolok Moldo/Тоголок Молдо 30 (corner of Kievskaya/Киевская) Entrées from 130 som ($2.50) Ramadan began on June 28, but the only change in Bishkek that I can discern is that some...

Soviet Cafeteria in Bishkek

Soviet Cafeteria/Советская Столовая ул. Чуй (рядом с Цум) Full Meal from $3 The Soviet-style cafeteria next to Tsum in Bishkek has large banner on it’s side that advertises it as tasty, fast, and cheap. That...

Faiza in Bishkek

Фаиза/Faiza 157. Медерова Like many places in Bishkek, opening and closing hours are relatively subjective. It usually opens around breakfast time and officially closes at 10 pm I woke up after a long night out...

Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to...

Dishes from the Eastern Quarter in Moscow

Восточный квартал/кафе восточный квартал Vostochnyi kvartal Address: улица Арбат, 45/24, Moscow 119002 Telephone: 8 (499) 241-38-03 Meals from $12 www.vkvartal-arbat.ru One of the first restaurants I ate at when I arrived in Russia was an...

Restaurant 134 and “Succulent Dog” in Bishkek

Restaurant 134 Address: Southeast corner of Axunbaeva and Yunusalieva (formerly Karl Marx St.) Hours: 9:00am-11:00pm Prices: Dog stirfy = 150 som ($3.13), dog soup = 120 som ($2.50) It is well known that there is...

Restaurant Hawaii in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most bizarre restaurants I have ever been to in Kyrgyzstan is called “Restaurant Hawaii,” a dining destination outside of Bishkek in a small town called Tokmok. For most people, this restaurant is...

What Bishkek Eats for Ramadan

Well, Bishkek, it’s the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, the holy month starts July 9th, coinciding with watermelon season in Kyrgyzstan. Ramadan also coincides with the...

Kilikiya in St. Petersburg

Kilikiya/ Киликия  ул. Гороховая 26/40 Open 10:30 a.m-6 a.m. Meals range from 200-600 rubles Restorankilikiya.ru While my roommates and I enjoy traditional Russian food, we also like to explore other exotic fare. Therefore, we have designated “foreign...

Samsa in Bishkek

Chaikhana Adish-Ata Address: Nekrasova Street (West Bishkek) Hours: 8:00am-11:00pm Prices: 60 som ($1.25) per samsa I have always admired the “one cook, one dish” tradition. To paraphrase food critic Anthony Bourdain, this is the tradition...

“Special Beshbarmak” in Bishkek

Ozgocho Beshbarmak Café Address: Hекрасова 9А (south side of Osh Bazaar) Hours: 7:30am-11:00pm Prices: 165-195 som for beshbarmak This past weekend, I checked out a restaurant that offers 12 variations of one of Kyrgyzstan’s most...

Seven of Bishkek’s Best Dungan Eateries

One of the best parts of living in Bishkek is its cuisine. With over 80 ethnicities represented in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek offers a smorgasbord when it comes to answering the question, “What’s for dinner?” This week...

Cafe Bogema in Vladivostok

Cafe Bogema/Кафе Богема Ул. Крылова, д. 10, здание Ливонии 11 am – 12 am Daily Meals from $4 For the last month of the Cheap Eats challenge, I decided to stick with a theme that...

Classic Central Asian Teahouse in Bishkek

Jalal-Abad Chaikhana Address: Togolok Moldo 54/a Meals for ~$3-6 Hours: 8am- 11pm Telephone: +996 312 61 00 83 If I had out-of-town visitors this summer, I would take them to Jalal-Abad Chaikhana, a teahouse in...

Turkish Kebab in Bishkek

Adanali Café Address: First floor of Moto Shopping Complex. Corner of Toktogul and Sovietskaya Streets Hours: Open Everyday, 9am-9pm Cost of Signature Dish “Adana Kebab” = 165 Kyrgyz Som ($3.50) You know you’ve found your...

Kebab in Vladivostok

Kebab/Кебаб Ул. Фокина, д. 16 9:30 am – 9 pm daily Meals from $3 My next February Cheap Eats is, thankfully, a much better bet for my readers than my last entry. (World’s Best) Kebab...

Chaikhana in Irkutsk

Chaikhana / Чайхана Байкальская 14/1 1000 – 1700 A chaikhana is a traditional Uzbek restaurant, and while Central Asian food is widely available throughout Russia, a lot of it is quite bad. Chaikhana, located near...

Street Food in Vladivostok

Food Stands/Киоски с едой City-Wide (Most often found in the city center) Hours: About 9 or 10 am – Sunset Meals from $2.50  In my search for “cheap eats,” I usually scour the city with...

Cafe Osh in Irkutsk

Cafe Osh / Кафе Ош Ул. Чехова 22 Hours: 10:00-20:00 The central market is probably one of the most interesting areas in Irkutsk. A huge area with many different trading squares, malls, and open air...

Poznaya “Kafe Hausbrandt” in Irkutsk

Poznaya “Kafe Hausbrandt” / Позная “Кафе Хаусбрандт” Ул. Горкого 32 Hours 1000-1800 Meals from ~$3 A poznaya is a type of restaurant which serves the most famous dish of the Buryat people: pozy. Pozy are...

Bar & Restaurant Tel Aviv in Moscow

Tel Aviv Bar & Restaurant / Бар & Ресторан «Тель Авив» +7 (495) 694-01-45 (delivery available) Цветной Бульвар 30/1 (closest metro: Цветной Бульвар) Sunday through Thursday: 12:00 to 0:00; Friday: 12:00 to two-and-a-half hours before...