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Samarkand Restaurant (Uzbek cuisine)

Has anyone ever gone to Samarkand Restaurant? It's in Feasterville. Here's the link:

http://restaurantsamarkand.com

I had been wanting to go to Uzbekistan or Golden Gates for the past several years now, but just never made it.

I was thinking about checking out one of these two places in the near future, but then I heard from my cousin's Russian co-worker that Samarkand would be a better choice.

I'm wondering if anyone knows about Samarkand, and how it compares to Uzbekistan or Golden Gates, which I see mentioned sporadically on chowhound.

Thanks!
(sorry if i didn't correctly add the hyperlink)

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  1. I am curious what your colleague said was better about this place, (and no I have not been).

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Me too. I'll see if I can find out more info from my cousin's co-worker.

      Maybe I'll also try and find some time to go out there to try it, and then try Uzbekistan or GG when I get a chance and do a comparison.

    2. So the only extra info I was able to get was that it was more low key than the other two places (after my cousin asked for "good traditional russian food without the excess of a show", which is why I guess he recommended Samarkand. (the co-worker is Ukranian, btw).

      I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and try it out in the near future. If I do, I'll make sure to post my experience on the board.

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      1. re: purplesachi

        That makes sense... it is less of a nightclub then.

        In looking at the menu on the Samarkand website, a considerable portion of it is Uzbek food, which is much closer to Middle Easter/Turkish than Russian. They do have the old standards like Chicken Kiev on the menu...

      2. I'd love to hear about Samarkand. I've eaten lunch at Uzbekistan, and it was delicious and quite low-key. I can see how the atmosphere might change at dinner, though.

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        1. re: oliviasaru

          Uzbekistan is low key. No floor show, just lots of toasts and laughter.

          1. re: purplesachi

            Oh yeah. Just read that review, and as an avid lover of lamb, I decided to organize
            a small group to join us on a weekday.

            Love to hear from anyone who has been there as to 'not to miss dishes' and dishes
            that left something to be desired, better to avoid. Another plus, it is open on Mondays,
            which could be good. We won't be going until December.

          2. Does anyone know if this place is byob? I have a dedicated driver until May, so it might be fun to bring a bottle of vodka. I noticed someone enjoying some shots in the Inky video.