Shashlik is a common dish in Uzbekistan. It is basically some marinated meat cooked on coals and it is usually served with some thinly sliced onion. So this restaurant’s best food is shashlik and probably that’s probably why it’s called “Shashleek.” There are so many types of shashlik in this restaurant: mutton shashlik, chicken shashlik, beef shashlik, liver shashlik, mince shashlik, potato shashlik and the list goes on and on.
So my friend suggested that the “Shashleek” makes the best shashlik. The location is in the centre of Tashkent, right next to the popular “Ecopark.” Usually, there are a lot of people dining there. By the way, you cannot book a table beforehand. You have to go there and see if there is a vacant table. The interior is reminiscent of everything about Uzbek culture. The service dishes are decorated with traditional ornaments, hostesses usually wear traditional costumes and the feeling is generally Uzbek somehow.
I went there and found that there was no vacant table. I had to wait for about 10 minutes. Then I ordered shashlik and one spicy somsa. They brought somsa first with a cup of tomato sauce. It was so tiny. And it costs $1 which seemed strange. The normal size somsa is much cheaper anywhere in Uzbekistan. But, never order only one somsa, because you will order again. It is very tasty, there is no fat. Mix it with that sauce. Delicious.
So when you go to “Shashleek”, order shashlik and somsa!