On a mild February evening, a group of cricket-loving culinary fans made their way to London’s most talked about restaurant – Samarqand.
A collection of lawyers, bankers, consultants and an England Cricket International were treated to a wonderful spread of dishes accompanied by traditional vodka and wine.
The evening was a huge success with a great atmosphere, the food excellent and the staff highly professional and curteous. Many of the diners are booking to return and also recommend to friends and colleagues. Some of their comments include:
“Just wanted to say thank you for a great night. Great company, great venue and thoroughly enjoyable.”
“I thought the food was very tasty, the restaurant lively. The private booths very interesting - fascinating to hear about the 'Mafia' game. Will certainly keep this restaurant on our radar….”
“Many thanks for a most enjoyable evening last night. Really good food and will definitely go there again.”
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From Russia With Love! Samarqand Restaurant Brings Central Asia To London
Where under one roof, will you find a more eclectic and varied array of Central Asian cuisine and influences in Europe, let alone London? The recently launched Samarqand is the hidden jewel of Marylebone offering just these.
This is a restaurant ‘Tour de Force’ offering authentic classics from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazahkstan and even Turkmenistan, and includes the popular dishes Shurpa, Lagman and Manty. Samarqand brings to London the most sophisticated substitute for those searching exotic atmospheres, stylish crowds, hospitable waiting staff, mouth-watering dining menus, an equally impressive cocktail list and smooth European/Central Asian music.
There is even a glass fronted ‘theatrical’ kitchen at one end of the dining room, also home to two Russian sourced clay bread ovens, revealing the culinary delights being prepared and frequently how their noodles are pulled into shape. In the New Year, a rota of guest chefs is also being implemented to offer an even greater choice of menu for the discerning diner, with the first already termed as ‘Royal Russian Cuisine’.
Bearing exceptional style, the contemporary yet comfortable Central Asian décor infused with seductive lighting in the elegant dining room, five intimate private rooms and an adjoining spectacular lounge, complete with traditional Uzbek silk walls, create a unique ambience making this a sublime experience an essential port of call.
‘The Pelmeni Choochwara is delicate, white as the driven snow but with a punchy flavour from the filling – delectable,’ says Fay Maschler, Restaurant Critic, Evening Standard.
‘Try the Baked Lamb and Pumpkin Samosas, Beef Dumplings with Tzaziki and Chilli Relish. Makes for a memorable evening.’ Daily Candy.
‘Samarqand in Marylebone celebrates the food of contemporary Uzbekistan, and does it in some style. The Lagman noodles were exemplary, freshly made and served in simple Beef and Vegetable Broth.’ Guy Diamond, Restaurant Critic, Timeout.
‘A slinky, suave destination with a gent in full Uzbek regalia at the door and a moody subterranean interior,’ Square Meal.
‘A ravishingly pretty Russian girl to take your coat, and a charming Asian girl to bring you Snow Queen organic wheat vodkas’, John Walsh, Restaurant Critic, The Independent.
Samarqand is alive with a combination of cultures, history and energy, bringing you outstanding yet affordable rustic dishes, unforgettable nights and treasured memories you will want to relive again and again.