When we first moved to Chisinau, over two years ago, we lived right in the center, about a block away from the Caravan Restaurant. Being familiar with Central Asian food, our family loved to learn the existence of this Uzbek restaurant in Chisinau. Naturally, we have been to this restaurant again and again, so I have no clue why I have waited this long to write about it! Their “manty”, “plov” and “lagman” are my favorites!
If you live in the center, you can walk there. If you are driving from outside of the center, you can usually find spaces to park in front of it. If not, you can park somewhere else and walk there. It’s worth it!
“Manty” – steamed or fried meat dumplings are the best thing about this restaurant. However, their “lagman” soup is almost as good as the “manty”. This soup is a rich and flavorful dish with thick noodles, meat and vegetables, and lots of Asian spices. Also, their rice dish called “plov” is also really good. They have several types of “plov” and we usually get the traditional Uzbek Plov. They also have shashlyk and other Central Asian dishes that are heavy on meat. If you are a vegetarian though, you can still order some grilled vegetables and noodles. Not much more…
And here is another thing I love about this restaurant – THEY SERVE SUSHI!!!! Yes, they also have sushi. It’s not too bad too. Since two of my favorite things to eat are 1. Sushi and 2. Manty, this place just wins the top-5-restaurant-in-Chisinau list in my mind and heart. The prices here are a bit on the higher side, which is why we save this place for some special occasions. The food quality is good every time, though! For drinks, they have pretty much everything. They also have a smoking zone for those who like to top it of with Hookah! If you want to look at their menu, you can find it on their website (in English)! There is a list of links on the bottom of this post, so check that out!
Yurt-like seatings, red and gold colors on cushions and curtains, and exotic chandeliers make this place very attractive and cozy. When you have guests and you need to show them something different, this is the place to come. It pleases people right from the start. Music playing in the background is also different (although not always Uzbek), and not too loud. For those who have kids, the restaurant is very kid friendly. They have a separate smoking section, so the non-smoking area does not get stuffy. Also, there is a waterwheel at the entrance that makes it fun for the kids to watch. The waiters are also always smiling and helping them feel even more comfortable.
We are always greeted here with a smile and served with care. Some of the waiters speak some English and are willing to help if you are not sure what the menu items are. The menu is very big and have no pictures, which can get overwhelming at times. However, it is in three languages, the third being English, so for the English speaking folks, that’s good news! The sushi menu is separate, so if you want that you have to ask for it, and that menu does have pictures.
When you are spending a lot of money, good service is important because that’s what makes you feel like you want to return and spend again. Caravan does that pretty well, and for that reason the place is very popular, especially on weekends. So make sure you call and reserve ahead. When you are reserving, you can specify where you would like to sit too! Below are some links you may want to check out fore more information. If you haven’t been there yet, do go there and I hope you will enjoy it!
Restaurant website: http://www.caravan.restorator.md/index.php/en/
Facebook page for the restaurant: https://www.facebook.com/caravan.restorator.md
TripAdvisor on the restaurant: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294456-d1603679-Reviews-Caravan-Chisinau_Chisinau_District.html