Sultan's Restaurant, a block from Citibank near Almaty's famous Panfilov Park, is a popular lunch spot. The unlimited lunch buffet usually includes two types of soups (borscht, etc), a salad bar, hot counter offering up to 6 types of hot entrees, desserts and soft drinks stations. There is a nice selection of breads and pastries, including baursag and samsa.
The choice of entrees change each day and can include local favourites like beshbarmak (the popular Kazakh dish of boiled horse and mutton on pasta sheets), kuyrdak, kebabs, chicken kotleki, beef Stroganoff, Georgian khinkali, etc.
This place seems to be my Kazakh office colleagues fave spot for lunch.
Kaldayakov Street 58
Tel: +7 727 291 2384 /+7 705 273 0000/+7 727 291 7806