The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Kazan Authentic Central Asian Cuisine in Port Washington serves the food of Uzbekistan, formerly a republic within the Soviet Union. A recent visit proved an eye-opener.
The space, under the same ownership as its predecessor, Innuendo, is strikingly attractive, its walls hung with rich Oriental rugs. Suspended from the ceiling is a complex wood sculpture of interlocking cubes, a holdover the prior incarnation. Somehow, it works. Leather upholstered seating is way more plush than one would expect at a place with such moderate prices.
But it was the food that really impressed. One standout: the hearty, vibrant soup called logmahn, filled with bright vegetables, beef and noodles ($7). Another winner: the Navruz salad of radishes, cucumbers, scallions and dill in a creamy dressing ($7), a dish that virtually pops on the palate. A salmon kebab ($7) featured light, crisp chunks of fish that were moist and spicy-sweet on the inside. A lush house-made napoleon ($7), similar to an icebox cake, deserved better than the dull aerosol whipped cream sharing the plate.
Kazan Authentic Central Asian Cuisine is at 75 Main St., Port Washington, 516-439-4444.