Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
- Monday through Sunday noon to 11 p.m.
- Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Business Dining, Free Wifi, Private Party, Takeout, Wifi Access
- Lunch, Dinner
- Garage Parking
- Reservations Accepted
A mural depicting a desert beneath a floating pair of eyes is the only sign beckoning passersby into this Uzbek-style hideaway, accessible only from one side of NE 163rd Street. Chayhana Oasis offers fare not only from Uzbekistan but also the entire central Eurasian region, meaning you can eat your way around a few countries. The menu offers quirky descriptions of lesser-known dishes to keep the proceedings simple and entertaining. Begin with the doma, tender stuffed Turkish-style grape leaves; continue with cheburek, described as a deep-fried crepe that's folded and stuffed with moist and flavorful minced lamb and onion; and finish with a kovurma lagman, a dish of fried house-made egg noodles flecked with chewy bits of beef and topped with an impossibly thin egg crepe. For dessert, try the gnezdo, fresh meringue topped with diced walnuts. In standard European fashion, wash it all down with a few shots of top-shelf vodka. Luckily, there's no shortage of the fresh, chewy Uzbek-style bread to soak it all up. Insider tip: Go on a Friday or Saturday, when a resident belly dancer performs her routine from opening till closing time.
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