Inspiro Group - Travel and Logistics
Inspiro Group - Travel and Logistics
Inspiro Group - Travel and Logistics
96, Boulevard Erkindik, Bishkek,
720040, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel.: +996 (312) 30-46-17, 90-12-95
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Bishkek Restaurants


Bishkek Restaurants

 
A typical kyrgyz meal will feature many starches including bread, rice, and potatoes. Most meals are centered around lamb or beef. Some of the more popular staples are "plov" a central aisan dish of lamb, rice, and carrots. Shashlyk, marinated and grilled lamb or beef, is popular all over the former soviet union and typically eatin with a voluminous amount of vodka.

There are a growing number of restaurants and cafes catering to more varied tastes.

Budget
There are hundreds of "Gamburger" stands which are a local adaptation to the American hamburger but share little in common. They are sliced doner kebap style meat served on a bun with cole-slaw, cucumber, mayonnaise, ketchup, and a couple of fries. They usually cost around 30 som (~$.50)

The most popular gamburger stand in Bishkek is at the corner of Sovietskaya and Kievskaya, across the street from the main post office. It is a popular area for local students to pick up a cheap meal and they even serve the rare chicken gamburger.

In addition, throughout the citys are numerous vendors selling "samsi", which are a puff baked pastry with beef or chicken and onions cooked inside. These are the staple of most local's lunch meal.

For a truly Soviet experience try the cafeterias of government ministries and universities. For under $1 USD you can experience true Soviet cafeteria food.

Cheap
Fakir (Behind Bishkek City) provides authentic and safe local food. Popular with locals. Non-smoking areas available. Good sized portions and excellent prices.

Faiza (Jibek Jolu) excellent local food frequented by locals. Great samsas and lagman. Dirt cheap.

Mid-range
Cafe Starry Edgar. Located behind the Russian Drama Theatre. This is one of the most popular places with the expat crowd. In the summer there is ample outdoor seating and in the winter, the bomb-shelter style location decorated in a nautical motife presents Bishkek's most original dining venue. The food is okay, but the house band has entertained generations of visitors.

Aria. Located one block south of Vefa Center, this Iranian-owned restaurant serves good Iranian and Turkish dishes while also offering the usual Russian dishes. The multi-flavored kalyan-hookahs also attract a wide hipster crowd.

Dolche Vita Pizza (on Akhunbaeva to the east of Manas about one block). The best pizza available in Bishkek. It's thin crust pizza is baked in an open fire oven plus there are a whole range of Italian dishes and pastas. ($6-9 USD)

Doka Pizza (corner of Akhunbaeva and Sovietskaya). It is possibly the most popular restaurant in Bishkek. It has regular entertainment and a menu featuring more than pizza. The shashlyk is also good here. ($5-7 USD)

Metro Pub' (Chui and Turizbekova). This is where the aid workers, embassy staff, miners, and contractors from the airbase all come together in the most international environment in Bishkek to down a pint and grab a decent meal. The staff are also quite popular and used to the flirting. They are especially crowded on St. Patrick's Day and Halloween. (~$5-7)

Shao Lin (Jibek Jolu and Isanova) is one of the best known Chinese restaurants in Bishkek. The quality is up to most western standards, but tends to still be a little oily. The soups are especially large and better shared. (~$5-7)

Splurge
Restaurant Adriatico (Chuy and Togolok Moldo) is owned by an Italian who imported his own italian chef. The prices are slightly higher, but the handmade mozarella and homemade gelato are well worth it. (~$15-20)

Bombay Restaurant has pretty good indian food, for about $5/dish. The chicken does not live up to expectations, but the samosas are good, and the mutton meals found here were quality. It is a nice break from Kyrgyz food. (this restaurant is now closed).

Chili's Steak House astronomically priced steaks which are mediocre at best. Do not recommend. (this restaurant is now closed).

Four Seasons Restuarant delicious food, large menu of european and asian foods, very expensive can eat outside in summer, live music, baby sitting, foreign dignitaries are sometimes seen eating here.

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