Right in the heart of town, Afisha is a busy restaurant with views of the Stalinist State Opera House. Try the mushroom risotto and you will be in for a treat. Housed within one of the tallest buildings in the city, Vista at the Ritz Carlton also boasts beautiful panoramas over the city and the mountains beyond. Go for lunch to enjoy local kebab specialties, before sampling the stunning patisseries.
For the ultimate gourmet affair, make your way to Seven. Here you can savour an evening with experimental amuse-bouches and Kazakh dishes with a luxury twist, complete with piano and violin playing in the background. There is decent Kazak wine, called Ak Bastau, on the menu too which comes from the Assa Valley just outside the city.
At the other end of the scale, Kaganat is a beloved local spot where you can get a plate of food for just over US $1. This canteen-style eatery serves up traditional Kazakh cooking day and night, including lagman (noodles) to manti (dumplings). It is such great value you can give them all a try.