Себзор кўчаси, Тошкент, Uzbekistan
Go adventuring, try naryn!Naryn is a cold salad of fresh noodles, kazy (spicy horsemeat sausage) and beef or mutton. At Milliy Taom in Tashkent, an entire section of the open-to-view restaurant kitchen is given over to the preparation of this popular dish. When I visited on a Saturday at mid-day, naryn preparation was in full swing, and naryn seemed to be one of the most requested items available. It was easy to see why: fresh ingredients, nicely spiced, and prepared to order.
Milliy Taom is big, seating around 200 people indoors and out. Hot and cold dishes are prepared as you watch, and friendly servers are happy to let you have a look before you order.
I ate at Milliy Taom a couple of times: the first visit, I enjoyed soup, grilled meats, and vegetables; and the second time, I went for the naryn. It was delicious!
This is an excellent place to sample unfamiliar foods. Some to try include chuchvara (Uzbek ravioli), kazan kabob (lamb dish), and potatoes cooked in kurduk oil (fatty tail oil) or with lamb.