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Salut -- another Kosher Central Asian restaurant in Queens

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Salut -- another Kosher Central Asian restaurant in Queens

Alan Divack | Dec 28, 1998 12:27 PM

My wife wanted to go to someplace healthy, so we
decided to go for our annual late December kosher
Uzbek excursion. We tried Salut, a restaurant at 63-
42 108th St. in Queens, that Robert Sietsema had
reviewed in the Voice about a month ago, and The
food was excellent. We had lagman, a noodle and beef
soup with carrots, celery and lots of dill; nice
tossed salad with parsely and more dill and almost
acceptable tomatoes; Korean carrot salad with a
powerful hit of garlic and coriander seed (I am dying
to make this for myself if anyone has a recipe);
mantu, a steamed dumpling, lighly glazed with
pomegranate and filled with cubes of lamb. Best of
all were the kebabs -- chicken both with and without
bones, sweetbreads, and lamb ribs. They were
marinated very lightly, if at all , but they were
smokey and perfectly cooked. the total bill with tip
was $31.

The only disappointment was the bread. It was the
round puffy Uzbek bread (lepinska?) -- OK, but seemed
mass-produced (is this possible?). If they had
gotten the wonderful bread from the Uzbekistan
Tandoori Bread Bakery and taxi stand it would have
been a perfect meal.

When we walked in , there was an video on, presumably
Israeli, of a woman in a black dress singing in an
unidentifieable language (Uzbek? Persian?) in what we
took to be the Central Asian style, and walking
through a variety of scenes -- playground, restaurant,
shopping center, etc. In one of them, she went
through a showroom abd fondled tchokes of shtetl
life -- a pottery rabbi, a bronze fiddler on the
roof. The hostess changed the video to one of
Riverdance, perhaps for our sake, though I kind of
preferred the first one.

The no smoking sign seems to be interpreted by both
staff and customers as meaning that smoking is not
mandatory.

The place is friendly, the food is tasty and cheap,
and definitely worth a return visit.

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