This is one of those reviews which I wanted to write, as soon as I visited the restaurant. When I went to Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe I was super thrilled as I was trying a new cuisine for the very first time. I am quite surprised at myself that having lived here in Dubai for more than 13 years, that I haven’t tried Uzbek, Kazakh or Russian cuisine as there are quite a few restaurants offering this cuisine. I am glad I finally got introduced to it.
Located at the ground floor of the Point Tower building in Dubai Marina, Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe offers authentic and wide selection of Uzbek, Kazakh and Russian delicacies. It’s an all day dining restaurant, open in the morning till midnight.
It was easy to locate the restaurant, thanks to the trusty GPS. From outside ,the restaurant didn’t look impressive. Upon entering inside, it was like we were transported to Uzbekistan. The decor of Gulnaz is completely done up in Uzbek and Kazakh style. High ceilings were decked with colorful chandeliers, a winding wooden staircase leading to upstair smoking area and detailed murals depicting scenes from ancient times in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia gave it a dramatic effect. The interiors are bright and beautiful.
Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe has indoor and outdoor dining area. Inside the restaurant, upstairs is the smoking area and the ground floor is the non smoking area with two kinds of seating arrangement-the main table area is the usual seating style like any other restaurant, the other seating area is the Uzbek style, something similar to Majlis style.
As I was with my family, we chose to sit in the Uzbek style of seating as it looked very homey and cosy. The kids felt completely at home.
What do we order? We panicked as we didn’t know any of the dishes from the menu. Anyway we ordered a Lemonade and it was not the regular lemonade we are used to. It came in two flavors and it was different. We prefer the regular lemonade over this.
As for the food, our friendly Uzbek server helped us out. Not only did he help us choose the dish, he also patiently explained us about each and every dish. At Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe everything is made fresh in their traditional Tandir, Kazan pots with authentic spices and flavors.
Uzbek, Kazakh and Russian cuisine is meat and seafood friendly and vegetarian options are limited, but nevertheless they have decent vegetarian options. Here’s a list of what we ordered.
Almaty is one of their signature salads and does contain meat. But as we are vegetarians, they made it without meat. Almaty had a medley of fresh veggies, apple and homemade mayonnaise. It was delicious.
Plov is the pride of Uzbek cuisine, your Uzbek meal cannot be complete without eating Plov. It’s made of rice, meat, vegetables, Uzbek spices and cooked in a traditional way in a cauldron. As we are vegetarian, they made our Plov without the meat. It was full of flavor and taste. We absolutely loved the Plov and can’t recommend it enough.
Uzbek Black Tea in a tea pot was how we ended our fantastic dinner. The Uzbek black tea had lemon and orange flavors. It was pleasant, aromatic and refreshing. Don’t even think of leaving Gulnaz without having their excellent Uzbek black tea.
Overall, Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe offers outstanding food, warm hospitality and friendly service. We had an unforgettable experience and would love to recommend this place to everyone.
Phone: 04 453 4887
P.S.- Thank you Dilnoza and team Gulnaz for inviting us.