The restaurant of Raj Kapoor which is more than a decade old has a Bollywood theme. It is one of the major Indian restaurants in Tashkent. It is largely visited by numerous tourists.
Situated in the heart of Tashkent, this Indian restaurant is celebrating the legacy of the legendary actor and the love which he received from the Uzbeks after 35 years of his death.
Bustling crowd in the restaurant
The restaurant, which is located in the Le Grande Hotel in Tashkent, is a must-visit destination for Indian tourist groups. It is also well-known for its Bollywood nights, where Uzbeks groove to hit chartbusters from the 1990s.
The ‘Raj Kapoor’ themed restaurant Takshent not only attracts Indian tourists but also the local people. They have delicious dishes. Among the various celebs the three members of kapoor family, Randhir, Rishi and Shashi Kapoor have visited the restaurant on various occasions.
A wall in the restaurant lists the famous people who have visited, including politicians like Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh and Bollywood celebrities like Mithun Chakraborty, Shibani Kashyap, Daler Mehandi, and Gulshan Grover.
The restaurant is also the official caterer for most Indian events, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, and events like a recent Bollywood night that featured performances by Daler Mehandi and Ravi Kishan.
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Views of Sameer Khan, the manager of the restaurant
Sameer Khan, is the manager of this property, who is from Mumbai. He shared that the restaurant was planned by an Indonesian, Jay Al Atas. He loved the taste of Indian food and was impressed to see the craze in Russia and Uzbekistan for Raj Kapoor.
Arrival of the Indian celebs create a bustling crowd at the restaurant. The restaurant is a big hit here, and we have signed sketches of the Indian celebrities who have visited us.
More about the restaurant
Housed in the Le Grande Hotel in Tashkent, “Raj Kapoor” is more than just a restaurant—it’s a tribute to the cinematic genius and the enduring connection between Uzbekistan and Bollywood.
The décor of the restaurant beautifully reflects this connection, with posters and stills from Raj Kapoor’s iconic films adorning the walls, creating a nostalgic and immersive atmosphere. The interior design is a seamless blend of Indian and Uzbek elements, with colorful fabrics, ornate furniture, and traditional Indian artwork.
The restaurant’s diverse menu is created by five chefs from various regions of India. Various Indian cuisines are present in the restaurant. Chef Kalamuddin Sheikh, hails from Orissa said, ” Butter chicken, biryani, cheese naan, and dosa are the most ordered food here,”.
The most well-liked dish is the “Biryani-E-Kapoor,” which combines fragrant basmati rice, tender pieces of meat or vegetables, and aromatic spices to create a flavorful symphony that has become a local favorite.
The restaurant also has an impressive bar with a wide selection of Indian and foreign spirits, as well as a number of signature cocktails, like the “Mera Naam Martini” and the “Shree 420 Sling,” which are well-liked by both locals and visitors alike and offer a delightful fusion of Indian and Uzbek flavors.
About the actor, Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor son of Prithviraj Kapoor was born in 14 December, 1924 in Peshawar (now Pakistan). Raj Kapoor’s official debut was in 1947, in the film “Neel Kamal”. He went on to become “the greatest showman of Indian cinema,” making a mark as an actor with films like “Shree 420”, “Awaara”, and “Barsaat”.
At the age of 24, Kapoor became the youngest filmmaker of his time when he made his debut in the 1947 film “Neel Kamal.
His unique style of Charlie Chaplin got the attention not only from the Indians but also all over the works. He got a large fan following from Russia.