Situated right on the riverbank (despite its Respublika address), Astana Nur serves up a delicious, well-priced selection of local, European and Caucasian food. Fans of Georgian cuisine will be delighted with perfectly-executed dishes such as khachapuri (cheese bread) and khinkali (meat-filled dumplings); but Nur is most proud of its enormous shashlik, or kebab, menu. There are more than 40 on offer – ranging from the usual meat options to fish and vegetable as well as several offal options for brave souls – but we recommend the juicy lulya kebabs. Those hankering for carbohydrates will relish the plovs (pilaffs) on offer, including the Astana Nur made with lamb and sesame, and the Shah, with chestnuts, apricots and butter. For those with more European tastes, there are plenty of straightforward fish and meat grills, salads and soups, too. Inside, there are two rather lovely dining rooms, one with a Central Asian feel and one European-style with some of the most inviting booths in Astana; and outside there’s a charming terrace with great river views. The food can be a little slow to arrive but is well worth the wait, and for those who business lunch there’s a 20 per cent discount between noon and 4pm.