Pot luck supper in Almaty

My first night in Kazakhstan and the restaurant here in Almaty has been taken over for a kids party so I wandered down a couple of blocks and found a small cafe. No-one spoke a word of English and the menu was in Russian but I managed to ask for some food. Any food. 

First course was a kind of dim sum dumplings in stock. I'm not sure what the meat was but it reminded me of the buffalo dumplings called 'momo' that you find in Nepal and Tibet. Very nice though, well seasoned with some sort of unrecognisable herb. Not coriander.

 

Kazak dumplings in stock. 

Kazak dumplings in stock. 

The main course was a plate of fried meat and potatoes, probably beef. A bit bland and greasy but not too bad for what it was.

 

Meat and potatoes. 

Meat and potatoes. 

Then finally, and bizarrely given the earlier language problems the bill arrived in perfect (If somewhat charmingly written) English. Seems the dumplings were 'at home'. 😄  All for £5. Not a bad first meal.

Dumplings at home. 

Dumplings at home.