Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Samarkand
Address:
1135 Bustleton Pike
Feasterville , PA 19053
267-288-5077
Neighborhood: Feasterville
Parking: Large lot
Related reviews: Samarkand
Cuisine type: Uzbek
Meals Served: Lunch - Mon. thru Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun. Late Night - Fri., Sat., Sun.
Style: 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.
Specialties: Soups: Samarkand; Mastava, Laghman, bean soup. Salads: "achik-chuchuk"; vostochny; chorsu; pastushy; Registan. Dumplings: meat pockets; samsa; chuchvara. Kebabs: leg of lamb; chalagach (lamb chops); lamb ribs; ground lamb; chicken; rolled beef. Pilaf Samarkand; toki-dulma; beef Stroganoff; chicken Kiev. Entrees, $7.99-$24.99.
Alcohol: 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.
Weekend noise: 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.)
Hours: Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; until midnight Sundays.
Prices: $$