When we arrived at the restaurant, there were two small but boisterous parties going on, with a third scheduled for later in the evening, so it appears that the Uzbek population in the area has already discovered the place. We sat in a quieter far corner of the room and ordered a table-full of food. The prices are outrageously cheap, so we went a little crazy, knowing that leftovers could be utilized for lunches later in the week. We started off with glasses of the homemade fruit drink, which was a cloudy pink and tasted vaguely of cherries.
Out of several varieties of salads (the descriptions of which reminded me of both the Middle Eastern veg and yogurt salads and the chopped veg salads popular in Eastern Europe) we went for the suzma with radish, a combination of sliced radish and cucumber in a tangy yogurt sauce with lots of chopped dill. With it came the bread we ordered, a Frisbee-sized loaf of tandoori nan that bore no resemblance to the more familiar Indian flatbread of the same name.
|suzma salad with radish|
We also tried two versions of the dumplings called manti, a steamed version stuffed with cubed potatoes and served with sour cream, and a crispy fried version stuffed with bits of lamb and served with thinly sliced lightly pickled red onion.
|steamed manti with potato filling|
|crispy manti with meat filling|
We also tried two of the several varieties of kabobs, the lamb rib, and the "delicatessen." Forewarned by 1000yregg, we knew that the delicatessen kabobs were actually bits of lamb testicle. They had a somewhat fluffy or springy texture, like a fish meatball, and a very very delicate liver flavor. I quite liked them.
|"delicatessen" (aka lamb testicles) and lamb rib kabobs|
And just because of the name, we ordered the "Jiz-biz," which was lamb chunks served over french fries and topped with more pickled onions. The lamb was toothsome and there were some nicely juicy fatty bits; the fries looked great, but were a little greasy for my taste.
|half a serving of baklava|
Choyhona Silk Road Bistro
607 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
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