Went to a real find last weekend. An Uzbek restaurant in Pikesville called Silk Road Choyhona Bistro. It was recommended by some folks I met, one who was from Uzbekistan.
I've had Uzbek food in Brooklyn a few years ago, and armed with some little knowledge of the cuisine, this meal turned out better than the NY experience.
The place is BYOB. We started with a pitcher of their housemade fruit drink- kind of like a less sweet kool-aid with pear halves floating in it.
We started with a sampling of Uzbek "salads": Smak- tomato, croutons, cheese & mayo; suzma with radish- a sour yogurt with dill & cucumbers; Markovcha, a Korean influenced shredded carrot salad with garlic, vinegar, dill; and fried eggplant served cold folded with garlic & tomato.
We had the Uzbek Tandoori Nan bread which is not flat like Indian naan, rather it is like a boule with the middle collapsed. It's very dense.
The Pilav is like "pilaf"- a rice dish with carrots and lamb.
We ordered several kinds of kebab- including beef lulya, lamb, lamb rib (which is on a bone), and liver. My favorite was the lamb rib- very juicy and tender. They serve the meats with a spicy sauce, pickled onions, and pomengranate juice.
For dessert, I tried the baklava, which unlike it's Mediterranean counterpart, is not wet & syrupy- it's more like a dry flaky pastry. I also had the "chocolate ball" (not on the menu) which is like a dense cake doughnut hole drizzled with chocolate sauce.
it came to about $16/person for 8 people
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