After 2 years in LA, I've had plenty of mighty fine food, but I'm always looking for something new...so I thought it might be time seek out the varied, hearty cuisines of the rugged, mysterious central Asians. It is a rather large part of the world, and despite recent military activity in the region, the region still strikes me as shrouded in mystery. I've recently enjoyed the new Afghani restaurant in Pasadena, Little Sheep (sort of Mongolian) in Monterey Park, Uzbekistan on Sunset, and of course a few of the many nice Armenian and Persian joints around town (esp. Raffi's Place in Glendale). Can any one point the way to new foods? are there any Azerbaijani, Turkmenistani, Kazhakstani (other ...stani's too), Georgian, other Uzbek, or even worthwhile Tibetan restaurants around? I am especially eager to try some Bukharan (Uzbeki Jews) food, famous for the use of sheep's tail fat (maybe you can only get this in New York?).
Thanks, and I promise to report on any new finds.