Alasha is one of those large restaurants which cater as much to big corporate groups as tourists looking for a taste of "exotic" Uzbeki food and culture. More well-known here in Almaty for its over-the-top traditional Uzbek-insipred decor and fantastical belly- dancers than its food, the menu nevertheless offers all the requisite Uzbek staples one would want to look for (except for Uzbek wines).
Our dinner this evening:
- "Ozbekshe Kavap" (Uzbek-style kebab) cooked in a "Tandir" (whic is similar to the tandoor oven).
- Wedding "Plov" (Uzbeki Pilaf) with grilled horse-meat and boiled horse-sausage. I found the meats a bit tough & dry here, but the rice, studded with raisins and chickpeas, moistened with fats from the meats and lightly-spiced, was delicious.
- "Non": a thicker Uzbeki version of the Naan. It's served whole on the table and, traditionally, the Uzbek host would tear up the bread and put pieces of it on the guests' respective plates.
- "Samsa": which is somewhat of an Uzbeki 'samosa;, but baked instead of being deep-fried here. The baked shell was delicious, but I found the minced mutton a bit too gamey and extremely greasy.
- "Achik-Chuchuk" (onion-tomato salad) and "Tuzdamalar" (selection of pickles). I certainly needed these to counter the greasiness of the meat dishes.
- "Lagman", the Uzbek version of Chinese "Lamian": hand-pulled noodles, served here in a mutton-tomato-flavoured "Vudzhu" broth. It was nice - a must-order if you dine here.
- "Manzura": a crisp pavlova-like cake with nuts and raisins.
Service is very efficient. The cultural performance which came on around 8pm was certainly the highlight of the evening. Seems like the most popular Uzbek spot in Almaty at the moment.
Ospanov str. 20 (Close to corner with Dostyk Ave).
Tel: +7 727 2540700