12012 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia , PA 19116
Parking: Free parking lot out back.
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Cuisine type: Russian
Meals Served: Lunch - Mon. thru Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun. Late Night
Style: Bring a big group of adventure diners to this authentic Uzbek eatery in the Russian Northeast where lamb is the dominant theme - in fragrant rice pilafs, homemade noodles, dumplings and soups, and skewered for the charcoal grill. It's a more intimate sit-down restaurant than the typical Russian nightclub, but still a fun destination for celebratory large tables laden with BYO vodka and cognac. The tandoor-baked round bread alone is worth a visit.
Specialties: Bread; lagman noodles (both in soup and with kavurma meat sauce); kharcho; borscht; manti; plov; cheburek; kebabs (chicken; skirt steak; lamb; lamb ribs) achik-chuck; fimchusa; pickled mushrooms; honey cake.
Alcohol: BYOB. Bring an earthy red with tannins (a cabernet franc or Rhone red) to go with the grilled meats. Most of the regulars also bring vodka and cognac (and lots of it).
Weekend noise: A boisterous 85 decibels, but the table spacing and room's intimate nooks make conversation possible. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Entire menu served daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.