Still drawing the Almaty cognoscenti after several years in the business, Sadu is just the place for a glamorous lunch with a side-portion of people-watching. Just the way we like it. The restaurant has a muted chocolate-and-green colour scheme and a petite balcony that is always packed in summer, despite its proximity to one of Almaty’s main highways. There’s sushi and pizza besides the main Mediterranean menu. The kitchen demonstrates a beautifully light touch, turning out vibrant, elegantly-presented food that isn’t over-complicated; so expect spankingly fresh tuna tartare spiked with lime and ginger, creamy porcini risotto with a smoky hint of truffle and generously-topped pizzas with authentically crispy crusts. The famous juice menu offers various stimulating, purifying and replenishing combinations and the wine list has an Italian bias, with a good selection by the glass. Those wanting the complete Sadu experience can get behind the mic at the futuristic on-site karaoke bar or indulge in some designer shopping at the adjoining boutique. In a word: fabulous.