Much of Baku’s cuisine is meat-based and heavily spiced, and you will find a multitude of dishes with Turkish and Asian influences. The most common meat consumed is mutton, but many restaurants also serve beef and chicken. Shashlyks are a popular dish throughout the city and the air is often filled with the pungent aromas of braised fennel, pilaffs and grilled fish. Liver kebabs, threaded with lambs’ tails is a speciality. If you want to eat with the locals, seek out the smaller restaurants inside the Old City. They deliver an authentic atmosphere, where you can indulge in sumptuous mezzes (small snack dishes).
If you want to eat out, you’ll find plenty of street food vendors, their hot-plates sizzling with fresh flatbreads, ready to wrap spiced meats and vegetables. And if you are in the mood for fine dining, there is no shortage of venues, and many offer live, traditional folk music. Park Bulvar is home to those restaurants that have the best views of the city and the sea, along with traditional Azeri dishes.