Food & Drink

Central Asia in central London

An elegant Central Asian bar & resto whose cushioned boozing area boasts finely crafted chess sets and whose five private rooms all rock plasmas, Samarqand's Genghis-pleasing fare is all made using "ancient recipes and techniques" (bread from a traditional clay oven, etc). Feast on the likes of Besh Barmak (handmade pasta sheets boiled in meat broth, with salt beef & black peppered shallots), then wash it down with cocktails like the vodka/ ginger/ orange/ lemon/ rosemary/ sea-buckthorn Trans Siberian Express -- which may think it's the world's longest train journey, but only because it hasn't made the acquaintance of "planned engineering works".