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Uzbekistan- authentic fusion cooking

Vinnie Vidimangi | Feb 15, 2004 10:52 PM

Uzbekistan Restaurant
7117 Bathurst St just above Steeles
905-482-9685

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia and was an important place in the days of the Great Silk Road. The cooking has a Russian influence, and a bit of everything else that has come along.

I have been at the restaurant twice. I can heartily recommended for the general taste the chicken kebob ($10.99 I think, the chicken is not on the menu, $12.99 at the most) and the soups. The manti ($8.99) are good, but you might think the soured meat filling for the dumplings a bit funny, similarly the other meat filled appetizers.

The meal starts with complimentary homemade dill pickles which are terrific (it also depends on how far they are along the way to fully pickled and your taste) and Persian style naan that has sat but has been warmed up, and a pot of very nice mint tea. Both kebobs and manti were large servings. Indeed the two dishes could easily feed three people. My suggestion is to plan on sharing.
The chicken kebob were superb; the best I have ever had, but caution, they are flavoured with a bit of fennel seed which may not be to your taste.

The soups are like a pho and filling. Be careful not to over order. They are very good and grease free.

The manti is with a nice yoghurt dill sauce on the side.

The potato side is thin sliced and fried. It is good but very oily. I think that this is the authentic style. Next time I will ask for rice.

A lettuce salad comes with the main course. Don't let them put on the institutional Italian dressing. There is oil and vinegar on the table; better yet ask for the yoghurt sauce from the manti.

Dessert is a cylinderical pastry shell filled with walnuts. I haven't tried it, no room.

A soup and kebob plus the extras are $16.00 max and will leave you pleased and more than satisfied. And to think that for $130 plus 15% plus 15% you can get the tasting menu at Susur! Hell, the tax is more than dinner here, tax in.

The service is effeciently unpretentious and speaks English most of the time.

Oh yes, they have a varied and exotic wine list: "Imported red, imported white, Zinfandel, at $2.99 a glass if I remember right.

VVM

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