Dine family style with Les Dames in the D.C. area’s only Uzbekistan restaurant. Hear our speaker, Abraham Rakhmatullaev, explain the dishes from his Central Asia country. Born in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, he moved to America 15 years ago. Abraham is the manager of Rus-Uz Restaurant, and his father, Bakhtiyor Rakhmatullaev, is the chef and owner.
Uzbekistan, slightly larger than California, was once on the Silk Road—part of the ancient Persian Empire. In 1990, Uzbekistan declared its independence from the USSR. Its cuisine, often cooked over open flames or in tandoors, is flavored with black cumin, peppers, barberries, coriander, and sesame seeds. The more common herbs are cilantro, dill, parsley, celeriac, and basil.
In the February 2016 issue of Washingtonian magazine, Rus-Uz is named one of the top 100 restaurants (out of the 2000 in our Washington area). Among the restaurant's main dishes, Washingtonian says, "focus on...Plov, a long-cooked dish studded with tender lamb, raisins, and carrots." This is one of the dishes you will taste on February 15.
Rus-Uz also operates a food market adjacent to the restaurant that offers imported specialty goods from Russia and Uzbekistan. Browse its unique products before or after dinner (11 AM to 10 PM).
DATE: Monday, February 22, 2016
**New date -- tickets for the original date of February 15th will be honored **
PLACE: Rus-Uz Restaurant, 1000 N. Randolph St., Arlington, VA 22201. Entrance is on Fairfax Drive. Tel. (571) 312-4086.
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
COST: Members of the General Public $50; Dames Only $40. (Non-members’ price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships) Price includes tax, tip, and the entire menu listed below, including tea and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
RESERVATION/CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 18, 2016
PARKING: Street meters; garage nearby
METRO: Ballston (Orange Line) is just across the street.
REGISTER: Click here to buy your tickets!
Blini (crepe stuffed with ground beef filling)
Pirozhki (puff pastry stuffed with mashed
potato and mushrooms)
Smoked Fish Tray (slices of assorted smoked
fish—salmon, sturgeon and butterfish)
Samsa (thin dough stuffed with lamb, onions
Olivier Salad (Russian potato salad)
(potatoes, carrots, red onions, pickles, red
beans, and diced beets with house vinaigrette
Plov (The National Dish of Uzbekistan)
Goluptsi (seasoned ground beef and rice filling
stuffed in cabbage leaves)
Shashlyk (chicken shisk kebab with vegetables)
Fairy Tale Cake
Coffee or Tea
(Beer, wine and alcoholic beverages are not included in ticket price)