A taste of Central Asian adventure awaits those who journey to this hidden suburban strip-mall gem, where a vast, blue-lighted banquet hall showcases the exotic flavors of Uzbekistan. Charcoal-grilled skewers, soulful soups, meaty dumplings, and lamb-scented pilafs are prepared by native chefs for large tables of ex-pats who come toting their own vodka and Cognac ready to dance their kebabs off to live music.
BYOB. Vodka and Cognac are the spirits of choice for the former Soviet Republic crowd. But rustic red wines suited for lamb - Rhone-style reds (syrah), red zin, malbec, or Italian Sagrantino di Montefalco - are also good choices.
When the live band is playing and the room is full, it's a 92-decibel party. Weekdays hover in the low-80s. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; until midnight Sundays.