The central Asian cuisines often show old influences from the Silk Road days, and when I say that I mean that you can see east Asian, Indian subcontinent, eastern Europe, and Mediterranean influences in the food.
Spicy: 2 out of 5 - I don’t think there’s a ton of spice but I think it exists. He gave them a call and got a response in Uzbek, so he wasn’t able to get the answers he needed.
There was a hint of heat in my main dish, and each table had two kinds of Tabasco sauce on it. I had a similar experience when I was paying -- the main woman needed to wait until my waitress returned from the back in order to complete my payment.
So while there might not be a typical homemade spicy sauce that comes with everything, clearly there’s an appreciation for at least a little bit of heat with Uzbek food. I’m obviously all for trying new places and cuisines, so if you give this one a shot (and you should), just know that a language barrier could be there at first.
I’m back to getting a little bit weird with my cuisines, this time with some Uzbek food.
Lazzat is another one of those places where English is probably spoken less often than the native tongue (Uzbek in this case). Yelp links to a but when I clicked on it, the site was available.
My waitress was a younger girl, probably in her late teens or early twenties, and the owner (or so I assume -- she seemed like it) didn’t speak a lick of English. Instead there’s a Menu Pages site, here: A new experience (have folks heard of it and eaten it before?The waitress acted as the translator for the Uzbek crowd and the English-speaking crowd. ): 5 out of 5 - I’m gonna go ahead and give in the full New Rating here.As for the restaurant itself, it was relatively unassuming. I thought about taking a half point off for no other reason than there seems to be more than one Uzbek restaurant in Chicago -- Jibek Jolu has some Uzbek cuisine and there’s a cafe as well.There was some basic decor, some small art and a handful of photos of food. But, I mean, I don’t exactly know anyone who knows anything about Uzbekistan or its cuisine.There wasn’t any radio playing, and there was a TV but it wasn’t on. I might place this a hair below Kyrgyzstan and Eritrea on the uniqueness scale, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve full marks here. Mediterranean - Lazzat has several kebab on the menu, so I’m going with Mediterranean as you can certainly see influences.Overall just a quiet place where you can have some homemade Uzbek food. In all honesty though, after exploring a handful of central Asian foods now I think they can safely go in their own (not that well-known) category.