Vegans and Vegetarians in Tashkent

Vegans and vegetarians are in for a hard time when it comes to finding food in Tashkent. In fact, Uzbekistan isn’t known for accommodating these types of dietary requirements. When we explained that we didn’t eat meat to locals the replies we often got were: “but you eat chicken though?” and “oh, it’s ok – this only has a little bit of meat”.

To help make your life a bit easier, we’ve listed our top 3 favourite dining spots in Tashkent which accommodated vegans and vegetarians. Because, let’s be honest, as much as we all love non bread – it gets a bit boring after a while.

Shalom restaurant

89 Khurshid Street, Tashkent

This Jewish restaurant has a little space in our hearts simply because it was the first place we had a proper meal. No living off snacks and bread for today. We treated ourselves to a meal out and Shalom restaurant did not disappoint.

The menu has some vegetarian and accidentally vegan options, as well as dishes that can be veganised; salads, pita dishes, and pasta. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, both with a cosy atmosphere.

We went for the falafel pita and roasted veg pita. Delicious. By the end of the meal, we were wishing that we’d worn looser trousers. Each dish came to 45,000 so’m (3,6 euro). Not bad. When we scanned the menu we had the same thought about the other dishes – it’s all affordable. And on the subject of menus, Shalom has English versions, as well as English-speaking staff which gave Sara a break from translating.

If you’re not eating, Shalom also makes for a good study / remote working spot too.

Miramandi

10 Furkat Street, Tashkent

Take a look at the website and it looks like a meat-oriented restaurant but, there are lots of vegetarian options at Miramandi (by Uzbek standards) as well as a couple of vegan dishes too. Don’t let appearances deceive you. This Arabian cuisine restaurant looks high-end but the prices were some of the cheapest we came across. We went for the lentil soup and falafel dish which came to 55,000 so’m (4,4 euro) all together. Pizzas, salads and hummus based dishes are also available on the menu.

There’s only one English menu here, which will mean a ‘pass the parcel’ kind of set up if you’re eating in a group. But the staff here are more than happy to translate the menu – we were told by our waiter that they’re all eager to practice their English.

Beans & Brews Coffee House

30 Shota Rustaveli Street, Tashkent

Yeah, you guessed right. Beans & Brews is primarily a cafe – but when in a city like Tashkent, it doesn’t pay to be picky. Vegetarian and accidentally vegan dishes can be found on the menu, as well as plant based drinks. For food, there’s a great breakfast menu featuring, pancakes, oatmeal varieties, poached egg/avocado on toast – you get the gist. If you’re visiting for lunch, then you can choose from soups, salads, pasta and quiches. The downside? It’s on the pricier end of the spectrum. A medium sized latte will cost you 19,000 so’m (1,5) , but choose a milk alternative and you’ll pay 38,000 so’m (3,4 euro). Check out some of the reviews on Tripadvisor to see pictures of the English version menu here.

Wrap Up

These were our personal top 3 restaurants, but we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t dine out often so some may have escaped our radar. If you’ve got any honorable mentions, then leave a comment below.

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