• Karimbek

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu includes a few vegan items including salads and sides such as grilled veggies, french fries, and Uzbek bread. A few more dishes can be made vegan upon request by omitting cheese. Discuss ingredients with the servers, some of whom speak English. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-11:00pm.

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2 Reviews

First Review by m@earthville


Points +53

13 Mar 2022

Popular place, some vegan options

Rather big restaurant. Seems to be very popular among locals.

There are a few options that seem vegan - soups, salads, grilled vegetables - but you should confirm. I made a mistake of ordering lentil soup without confirming that it was vegan, and then it turned out it was made on chicken broth. I don't blame them, however - I should've asked.

Mushroom soup and vegetable salads that we ordered were pretty good.

They looked at us like we were crazy when we did not order meat.

Pros: a few vegan options, nice atmosphere, unexpensive

Cons: not everything that seems vegan is vegan



Points +8505

12 Oct 2018

Accommodates vegans, good flavor

Karimbek is one of the most popular restaurants in Samarkand, so it's a very lively place. There are only a few items on the menu that are vegan as-is (e.g. vegetable shashlik, sauteed mushrooms, fries, and the Uzbek non bread), but other items can be veganized on request.

Fortunately some of the servers speak good English, and mine was very willing to help, cheerfully making several trips back to the kitchen to check with the chef about ingredients (even though they were busy), so I felt very welcomed and well cared for as a vegan.

I wound up ordering a vegetable shashlik and a side of sauteed mushrooms, which I combined in a wrap with the vegan lavash. Hit the spot.

As in most of Uzbekistan, the food is a little on the oily side, but here it was slightly less so, and exceptionally tasty.

Note that the only two breads here that are vegan are the Uzbek non (well worth trying) and the lavash (according to my waiter, who asked the chef).

There's both indoor and outdoor seating. Since the place is so popular, reservations are recommended at peak times, but it's also so big that you might luck out and get a table without a wait.

Having tried all the local restaurants that were flagged as veg-friendly, for my tastes Karimbek is second place (having food comparable to Platan but better service), while my favorite (and the most vegan-friendly in town) was Old City.


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