One of my favorite Friday or Saturday night hangouts is the 'Central Asian Town' just next to Dongdaemun. It's hard to believe that just by crossing the street from Good Morning City you can find yourself in a maze of restaurants and businesses where everything is written in Cyrillic letters. It's not just Russian restaurants to be found here, but Uzbek, Kazakh, Mongolian, and more. Last Friday night we came down here for an evening of good food and drinks and we tried Самарканд / 사마리칸트/ Samarkand Restaurant, a typical Uzbek restaurant in the area.
It's not a big place, but they were packed on a Friday evening, leaving just before we arrived were a group of English speaking westerners, the restaurant was full with both Koreans and Central Asians. And why not? Good food and good drinks at a reasonable price, especially, we've found vodka prices in this area to be 1/10th of the price of a typical Korean HOF. There is one brand of Russian beer which seems to be the most prevalent around Central Asia Town. There are various flavors and they are identified by their numbers. We got number 3 and were quite satisfied.
Russian beer and Vodka
Lapsha- Noodle Shot
Lamb and Groud Beef Shashlik
To find Самарканд / 사마리칸트/ Samarkand Restaurant, take exit 5 from Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station. Turn right and cross the small street. Turn left and take the first small alley to your left. You will see Samarkand on your right just past 'My Friend and Ala-Too'.
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