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This day there was a big Christmas tree decorated with edible gifts sponsored by Visa at our restaurant. Both adults and children could become characters of the fairytale “Planet of Christmas Trees” written by the well-know Italian children’s writer Gianni Rodari and eat oriental sweets, tangerines and candies right from the branches of this green tree. An interesting animation program was organized for children by Teatro Veil: while parents were talking with each other, children were playing, taking part in contests and having fun. And then together with famous designers, such as Alexandra Serova, Yulia Dalakyan, Igor Gulyaev and Sergey Efremov, they began to decorate the main symbol of the New Year’s Eve. The enthusiasm and imagination of our little guests knew no bounds that day ‒ they used balls, bands, confetti, tinsel. At the end there was an auction of 4 exclusively decorated Christmas trees. Three of them were bought by parents and the last one was given to the restaurant.
All the children got sweet gifts!
Uzbekistan and White Sun of the Desert restaurants, situated in the very heart of Moscow, invite its citizens and guests for a culinary tour of Chef Ihat Abu Said from Lebanon.
Ihat Abu Said has a great experience of working in the best hotels and restaurants of the Middle East, his culinary style was influenced by Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine traditions. In his motherland Ihat Abu Said is famous for his talent to interpret national cuisine using only natural and fresh ingredients.
The Story Begins

The first record of the building which now the restaurant occupies dates back to the end of the 19th century, according to the Moscow historical archives. Initially there was a tavern which was very famous in the city. Then the building was sold and a French café was opened instead of the tavern. During the stern post-revolutionary years there was an officer cafeteria and in 1951 the ministry of trade of the Uzbek SSR decided to open there Uzbekistan restaurant. This date marked the beginning of the restaurant’s history.

New Era
In 1997 new proprietors of the restaurant – Arkady Novikov, Igor Kofman and Vladimir Lisavetsky – decided to breathe new life in this place and began the complete restoration of this unique building.
The former banquet room was transformed into a separate unit White Sun of the Desert which reflected in its interior all the colour of the famous film with the same name. Then it continued and now continues to function as a separate restaurant while the main part of Uzbekistan was closed for a two-year restoration.
The interior of Uzbekistan restaurant was redesigned by palace restorers specially invited from Tashkent.
The entrance is decorated with heavy carved wooden doors and torches which are the essential part of an oriental palace. They do not only give light but also have a certain symbolic meaning: according to oriental legends they are home keepers.
Windows and arcs are embellished with mosaics and carved ornamental patterns.
The complex ornamental pattern proves the excellent craftsmanship of the master who is the only person in Tashkent capable of carving wooden mosaics. The gratings on the windows are made of a durable and expensive sort of wood. It is raw material: it wasn’t machined or varnished. Each element was fashioned and assembled manually without a single nail. Nevertheless, it lasts for many centuries. It is a very delicate and unique work.
Each element reproduces fragments used in the decoration of elite oriental houses of the 18th century. Colours and patterns are not random: according to oriental myths they have a great significance for the house and its owners.
Couches and padded stools.
They were recreated by contemporary masters from the East specially for our restaurant.
A lot of materials were replaced by modern ones but the design is two centuries old.  
Syrian hookahs.
They are rather a pleasure for our guests than a decorative element.
Carpets / Lamps
Torches, crystal chandeliers and sconces produce the effect of intimate, oriental lightning. Some of them are antique. For example, eight chandeliers above sofas were brought from Uzbekistan and have been hanging here since the opening of the restaurant.
All our furniture is hand-carved.
As for the vases, they are antique Chines vases.
And our flowers are always fresh.
The ceiling was preserved as it is since the creation of the restaurant. We are very proud of it. There is no other such ornamental pattern not only in Russia but in the whole world.
The type of ornamental pattern and the painting method used for the ceiling is ganch.
The ornamental pattern of the walls was completely changed. A whole group of masters had been working for half a year using a complex modeling method to create such a masterpiece. Each petal of the pattern was made with a special instrument.
Floors are made of genuine mahogany.
Cuisine Traditions
During all these years the menu of the restaurant changed many times and you can find there Chinese, Azerbaijani, Arabic and, of course, Uzbek cuisine.
The recipes of many dishes have never changed which is a great pleasure for our guests who call them home-made and traditional.
Our chefs strictly follow the traditional recipes of main dishes: shish kebab is prepared on open fire and is served with hot coals, a lamb is cooked on a pit, flatbread is prepared in a clay tandoor, noodles are hand-made and cooking of pilaf is a real art.
Our sweet buffet is crammed with oriental sweets, fruits, jams and confitures. All the sweets are prepared in a special confectionary shop which we take great pride in.