Where to Eat in Bishkek: The Best Restaurants and Bars
Just at the northern edge of the Ala Too mountain range lies Kyrgyzstan's lively northern capital, Bishkek. With numerous green spaces, parks and gardens alongside Soviet-era buildings and monuments, the city retains its former Soviet Asian flavor. The city is home to many monuments and cultural institutions, including the National Historical Museum and Ala Too Square, where the changing of the guard takes place daily. The Dordoy Bazaar provides ample shopping, especially for Chinese exports.
1. La Maison
5 based on 105 reviews
Nice and cozy athmosphere. Home made food. Number of guests limited. possibility to eat in the garden.
Reviewed By ArstanBekS - New York City, New York
Thank you very much! Nice pleasant place in the city of Bishkek. Would recommend for business lunch, friends and family events. Great place. Thank you for your kind comment ....
4 based on 184 reviews
Reviewed By Anyse J - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
I was terribly disappointed!
FurusatoLocation: Bokonbayeva St, 132. Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan. Phone: 996 554 400 633. (MAKE A RESERVATION)I went to Furusato (Japanese restaurant) on Wednesday and learned that they are open from 11:30 until 3 pm. and from 5-10 Monday-Friday and from 5-11 pm on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.I also went there the day before that and the opening and closing times were covered by a sign saying that “We apologize for any inconvenience. We are closed on Aug 20 and 21 for the national holiday.” I learned that this is the anniversary of Kyrgyzstan’s independence from the Russian Federation two years after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, there is one thing that bothers me about this whole mess: why was there no notification online that they were closed on those days? Everyone else was open on those days!Well, I went back there on Aug 22 and, when I entered, they asked me if I had a reservation! Well, there was nothing in recent reports or in the information about Furusato that indicated that reservations are required! When I pointed this out I was told by the hostess that this site on TripAdvisor is NOT theirs and they they have nothing to do with it or even read the reviews! How arrogant!So, I am going to go ahead and put in my review of this place based upon my visit there today, knowing that it means NOTHING! I also, at this point would like to state that the hostess at Furusato made it clear that Furusato does not care about their customers and, by not wanting to learn from their customers or to read anything good or bad, they have no customer service if you have a complaint! So, here is my review.So. First of all MAKE A RESERVATION (call 996 554 400 633) if you want to eat there. At least you will KNOW that you will have a seat. Also reservations are in 1.5 hour increments from 11:30-1 pm and then from 1:30 to 3 pm, and then they close. They open again at 5 pm until 10 pm M-F and from 5-10 pm on Saturday, repeating the same arrangement until but I can’t be sure if it will be in 1.5 with .5 hours in between each as they do for lunch.Here are my notes as well as pictures and a video of my meal. I hope that they are informative.Now, can I wonder if my first impression be changed? Well, the food speaks for itself, right?When I received the sushi, it was not cut like any sushi that I have had before. This was cut much thinner, wider and longer, equalling the proportion that I would have received at other Sushi restaurants. You can look at the picture below. Of course, this prompted me to take a look at sushi sites in Japan to see if it really is different from the way it has been made in Japanese communities in the US, Viet Nam, Malaysia and Thailand. Here is what I learned: yes, the way that the fish is cut and laid out on the rice is definitely different at Furusato than it is usually prepared everywhere else where I have eaten sushi. The fish was on the fresh side and the only thing that I hated was having to fold it like a New York pizza. The wasabi and soy sauce were also very good. Also, the rice was mushy, which was another turn-off.When my Tonkatsu (pork cutlets, coated with panko crumbs and then deep fried) arrived, you can see the picture below, it was accompanied with Miso soup, a pasta salad, another salad and rice, each in separate bowls. On the plate with the Tonkatsu, there was the usual salad of finely cut daikon and green and purple cabbage with a very liquid salad dressing as well as a leaf of lettuce with cucumber slices. Usually, when wet dishes are served together on a plate, the plates are partitioned so that the wetness of the lettuce leaf and the salad dressing will not blend into the crispy and crunchy Tontkatsu cutlet. To me, this was an error that only a new cook could make: yet, here we have a chef who has worked for many years. The Tonkatsu was tough and overly fatty (I know that it is hard to find good pork in a mostly Muslim country.) Also, the cutlet was thick at one end and thin at the other. This makes the cooking time longer, which dries out the meat and makes it tough. Usually, everywhere that I have had Tonkatsu, the pork cutlet is flattened with a meat mallet until even and much wider than the Tonkatsu that I received this night. Coupled with soggy breading from the salad dressing, it was a further insult to the true grandeur of this usually wonderful entree.Usually love this salad as this is usually accompanied with a sort of a light and sweet rice wine vinaigrette. However, this one was milky and also had tomato sauce in it as well. This took away from the flavor of the vinaigrette and it was also prepared with too much mayonnaise as well. Sad salad. (Sad emoji here)On to the other salads: most were not at all tasty or tantalizing. It seemed that these four or five bowls of various salad preparations actually subtracted from the overall flavor of the meal: confusing the palate with no real order in which to eat them so that one can play them off one another. Even this did not help. After a taste or two of each one, I set the bowls away from me so that they could be removed from my sight. Next, the miso soup was very, very salty and there was no umami at all! Flavorless with a way too much fish sauce made it sour as well as so salty that it was inedible. For desert, there was a yellow cake that was so sweet that I had to put my first bite into a napkin. Too much and also did not complement the meal as the finale! Again, I was disappointed.Here is what I ordered: Nigiri Sushi, B set with 2 tuna and 2 salmon (700 som/$10US. The Tonkatsu (700 som/$10US), extra Katsu sauce (50 som/80¢), Kirin Ichiban Beer (270 som/$3US) and a bottle of Arpa beer (130 som/$1.90US). The total bill came to 1850 som/$26US.To be honest, my usual practice would be to NOT even pay for this meal. The overall disappointment just took the fight out of me and the two beers kept me a bit more relaxed.I will not return to Frusato! I do not recommend it to you either.
3. Cafe Faiza
4 based on 367 reviews
Reviewed By ErkinbekK1
My best choice for a lunch!
Faiza cafe is an excellent lunch choice, it is quick and very tasty. If you come, please give a preference to the local food. Although, borsch is also great in that cafe. Samsa is brilliant. Please kindly note, local cuisine is fatty. You will recognize it easily. You can put aside fatty stuff, the rest is extremely good.
4. Ethno-Complex Supara
4 based on 257 reviews
Supara Ethno-Complex is a custodian of age-old values & cultural traditions of the Kyrgyz people. It is a unique restaurant with a distinctive architecture and design, built with stone, wood, clay, straw, reed, and leather. We offer a wide selection of di
Reviewed By Gsoonly
Perfect place and best authentic experience
This is is the best authentic place in the city, with the combination of the beautiful Kirgiz nature, the real hospitality and the tasty mealThe experience in staying the real urta, fishing mountain trout , and being accompanied with the kirgiz general warrior teaching archery Great for children and families , great for weekend Highly recommend
4 based on 438 reviews
Welcome to Teahouse NAVAT! Teahouse NAVAT is an atmosphere of oasis where eastern hospitality and traditional cuisine dominates. There you feel like being treated by Eastern friendly family with traditions and distinctive style. Our main concept is the ve
Reviewed By yunnastyacloud - Boston, Massachusetts
Good and tasty
You'll find a variety of Central Asian food which is great. However if you're a big shashlyk and plov eater, go to Navat which is in the Victory park only. Dear yunnastyacloud!Thank you so much for your feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed it!We will wait for you our guest, you are always welcome here!Best regards,team of NAVAT
4 based on 140 reviews
Reviewed By smallhausen1 - Manama, Bahrain
Full for lunches
Restaurant is very popular and if visited during lunchtime, you have to expect some time to get a free table. But afterwards, later afternoon, it is more empty than full. Pros:1. Very efficient and quick service 2. Large portions 3. Affordable pricesCons:1. Foods are served in a very simple manner2. Bit noisy during lunchtime3. Possible problems with parking
7. Cheback Pub
5 based on 99 reviews
Chebak bar is a new, democratic place that ought to and should be visited every day, because Chebak is for people who enjoy and value their time. Here you can have a tasty and joyful lunch, hold a business meeting, enjoy live music performed by local and
Reviewed By Andis L
Nice pub with live music in evenings
It was hot outside therefore went inside expecting that place is air-conditioned. Well, it was better than outside, but I'd wish more. Food was good, I selected lamb meat sausages which were accompanied by horseradish cream real Russian mustard, such a real that I almost went into tears when tried first piece of sausage :)Regarding beer I have two negatives:1) beer cups were not chilled. That is a bit cheap feeling about this place...2) I ordered 3 different draft light beers and they somehow looked and tasted exactly the same...
4 based on 284 reviews
Reviewed By RegulaS81
Delicious Kyrgyz cuisine
On recommendation of a local we came here and it was one of the best dinners in Kyrgyzstan. The place is big and richly (glitzy) decorated, service quick and helpful. We ordered salads, different sorts of Manty, different lagman and meat dishes and everything was super delicious. Maybe not the cheapest place in town, but unlike some places that serve expensive European food, this is worth every som!!
9. Red Cow
4 based on 136 reviews
Reviewed By PrabuDee - Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you love steak, then this will be a treat!
Went for the steak, and enjoyed the lemon-ginger tea as well :)This is a famous steakhouse in Bishkek, a bit pricey according to locals, but nevertheless they love it. It’s got a cozy atmosphere, and extensive steak menu (including Horse meat). They serve a mean lemon-ginger tea. I had the T-bone steak, and it was delicious. The meat was so tender and succulent, and even made eating it an experience :)They serve hot wine as well, which my colleagues really enjoyed given the climate. Go check it out :)
10. Papa John's
4 based on 83 reviews
Making a quality pizza using Better Ingredients has been the foundation of Papa John's for over 30 years. You have my commitment that Papa John's will not stray from the foundation of quality & superiority upon which the company was built. We will always
Reviewed By Anyse J - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
If you ask for the pizza to be cooked a special way, this is a delight!
Whenever I order any pizza from Papa John's, I always as for double sauce on the pizza as well as that they cook the dough by itself for 30-50% of the cooking time before putting on toppings. This assures that your dough will be cooked all the way through. Usually, I order a Double Pepperoni. So, they cook the dough, add the double sauce on it, then a layer of pepperoni, then the cheese and then a final layer of pepperoni. It is a very good pizza this way.Why do I ask for double the sauce? Because it gives the pizza more flavor. When they put too little sauce on it, most of the pizza has too little to even notice. Scientifically, adding additional sauce increases the flavor because tomatoes have glutamates in them, a natural flavor enhancer.Well, you could eat it like they serve it or you can take it home and dress it up yourself with other toppings. I usually add finely chopped fresh garlic, some Parmagiano cheese (freshly grated) and then chili pepper. Try it, if you can. I know that you will be impressed.Enjoy!Hello. Thank you very much for your feedback. Very interesting recipe for pizza you gave. Thank you for taking our pizza as the basis.