SAMARKAND - Uzbeki restaurant
Spotted this newly opened Uzbekistan restaurant @ Yonge/Patricia (between Steeles & Drewry) few weeks ago and decided to give it a shot. I never had Uzbekistan cuisine in my life, so I did a bit of research online and decided to try some of the national dishes.
Salad - pickled cabbage and shredded carrots (spicy! and hint of sweetness)
Plov - flavourful stewed rice with beef, raisin and shredded veggies.
Beef soup - homemade soup, meat cooked to perfect tenderness and fresh vegetables
Samsa - mutton/beef baked in a puff pastry that's shaped like a dumpling. Personally, I really enjoyed it. The stuffing was packed with flavours, however, it was on the greasier side.
Manti - steamed dumpling stuffed with mutton, beef and FAT (yes, the manager told me they stuffed additional fat in it). Just don't have too much if you're watching your cholesterol level.
They served bread as well, however, it tasted more like the barbary bread you can get from most persian supermarket (maybe they're supposed to taste the same???). Overall, I will like to go back and try their kebobs and green tea. It offers a nice alternative other than the ubiquitous Korean and Persian restaurants in the neighbourhood. Here's the address and phone # if anyone decides to check it out.
6034 Yonge St. 416-840-3343
Ps. Only the manager can speak a bit of English, so menu will be a great help to determine what to order.