Advantages They had a table when the other place didn't
Disadvantages I was not impressed at all by the food
My husband and I had been dithering over booking a trip to Uzbekistan so I was intrigued to see what the food might be like. On the basis of my experience at Les Saveurs de Samarkand, I would say it’s a country where I would need a suitcase full of cans of tuna in order to survive. I thought Iranian and Moroccan food was poor for those of us who choose not to eat meat, but the Uzbek food was enough to make me seriously reconsider booking a holiday. We've cancelled our plans for this year - not because of the food but because we've run out of time for visas.
It was quickly apparent that the vegetarian option was to have the meat eaters’ food without the meat – there was nothing else except the side dishes that would otherwise accompany their dishes. The owner said that for me she would just do ‘more salad’. I could see this was going to be a meal I might not want to repeat in a hurry.
The choices revolve around that great standard of the Middle East and the Silk Road, the kebab. One colleague went for minced meat patties and the other for a ‘brochette’ of chicken. I went for whatever the chef was willing to give me. We ordered three diet Cokes and a bottle of water. Food came quite quickly – probably just as long as it took to grill the meat – and was delivered without ceremony.
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