Dolan Uyghur

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$30 and under
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Turkish
Uyghur cuisine commonly features the influences of the West and East, antiquity and the present, great skill, imagination, beauty and harmony of taste. Common ingredients that can be found in many Uyghur meals are lamb, beef, chicken, fish and colorful vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, celeries, eggplant….. Hand-Made Uyghur Lagman is an extremely popular dish which consists of hand-made noodles topped with stir-fried vegetables such as tomatoes, chili peppers, bell peppers, onions and cabbage mixed with meat stock. Spicy lamb kebabs is an essential part of the Uyghur cuisine. Another very famous Uyghur dish is Polo. Typically Uyghur polo is prepared with mutton, carrots and onion fried oil. Water and rice are then added and all of the contents are then steamed. Additional ingredients such as apple, quince or raisins may also be added. A very common Uyghur breakfast consists of home-baked bread with tea, raisins, honey, walnuts and almonds.
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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Feel like I missed out trying so much on the menu and I am looking forward to going back! We started with the cucomber salad, eggplant salad, then each of us got one of the noodle dishes. All of them were great. There was this baked meat pie dish the table next to us got that caught my eye and going for on my next visit.

LH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a charming place with interesting, delicious food and a cozy and welcoming ambiance. The service was excellent and we appreciated the helpful explanations of the menu items since it was our first time sampling Uyghur food. We really enjoyed our evening and look forward to returning so we can try more of the tantalizing menu offerings. Yum!

CP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is unique and very tasty and the ambiance is great. Parking is difficult but it’s right off a metro stop. Rest rooms need renovation and cleaning, but I guess it’s hard to get help on a bust Saturday night.

g
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dolan has an intriguing cuisine. Food is very tasty and portions are good sized. Prices are quite reasonable. Definitely, worth a try.

FN
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food, well spiced, nothing was left on any of our plates. Very busy night so service was a bit slow but they were very nice. We will return. They ID everyone for alcohol. We are 60 & got carded!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really great. I usually go for a lesser carby meal than noodles but i had to try them because they're house made.

There were three of us, we ordered mushroom salad, Samsa, & a lamb kabob for apps. All were great. The woodear mushroom salad was so clean tasting (healthy) & delicious (spicy). The lamb kabob was large, cooked & seasoned to perfection. The Samsa was good.

For entrees we ordered korma chop (fried noodles but fried so lightly) with lamb (delish!!), Sui Rou Laghman (hand pulled chewy noodles) which was also so good. The noodles actually tasted light because they were so fresh, homemade. And Goshnan (meat pie) -which was also great. Only criticism on this dish was the meat (packed with meat) was a little gristly.

The food came out very fast.

Only complaint would be we waited quite a while after we were finished, before anyone came by to clear plates\cash out. Besides that the service was great, the staff was very friendly.

The above plus one cocktail each was $100.

We will definitely go back and try some of their other great looking food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Wanted to try something new. Had a chicken and noodle dish. It was not good. The noodles were over cooked and the spices were chunky. Asked to have it exchanged and I was charged for the second dish.

G
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

A fascinating and tasty glimpse into a little known cuisine, that of a Turkic people resident in China. The food itself is somewhat middle eastern, somewhat Chinese and quite distinct from either of those traditions. Most importantly, the food was delicious. Notable were a superb chicken stew and some amazingly textured noodles.

GR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service. An enjoyable lunch.

B
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was tasty albeit on the pricey side, service was average, music just terrible - some modern dance music, pretty loud and not at all in tune with the vibe that a fusion restaurant should project, the table was too small, and dishes were left there long after they had been emptied. Overall, disappointing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered several different items and every single one was a treat! The handmade noodles (laghman) are chewy and delightful, the ginger sauce was great - the noodles were unlike any I’d tried before. I especially enjoyed the lamb goshnaan (probably my favorite dish, must try with the yogurt dip!) and the naan kordak. We also enjoyed a the Dolan cake and I was amazed at how flavorful and rich it was. The service was great, food came quick and the servers were very polite. I highly recommend trying this restaurant if you’re looking for something new and intriguing!

BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed given online reviews, food was underwhelming.

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we could celebrate here! We enjoyed ourselves and the food was wonderful!

z
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This may have been an off night for them. We were seated at a cute table upstairs and then we realized the AC had shut off. In the middle of DC summer, that’s not an ideal dining environment. This happened 2 or 3 times throughout our meal, which ended up making it difficult to enjoy the hot food we ordered.

The service wasn’t great. The man who took our drink order did not pay attention to the actual wine I was ordering and opened a bottle of the totally incorrect wine (without showing it to me first). I felt bad, so we drank it anyway, but it wasn’t at all what any of us wanted to have with our dinner.

The man who took our food order was unenthusiastic and unhelpful when it came to deciding what to get (its our first time eating this type of cuisine). So we ended up with 3 noodle dishes that were all very similar just maybe different level of spice. The noodles were good, and cool that they were handmade. Lamb kabob was the best thing - really well-seasoned. Overall the food was okay, but I probably won’t come back here for it.

Towards the end of the evening, they started playing techno-like music which gave off a weird vibe, especially since many people were still eating their dinner. Felt more like a club than a restaurant at that point. The lights went out while we were paying the check, and I’m guessing this might be related to the AC trouble. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this last issue, but it honestly fit quite well with the rest of our overall underwhelming experience at this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but the a/c broke which unfortunately made the experience a bit different given how hot it is outside

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious and unique-but the server seemed very out of her element. We were seated and waited probably 20 minutes before being acknowledged and asked if we had any questions-no description or suggestions or background of the interesting menu. We also were brought the wrong bottle of wine twice (we ordered a red, and were brought two bottles of white). Definitely would come back for the incredible fried eggplant, noodles, dumplings but if you go, make sure the company is kid back to the odd service.

t
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small, with tables close together. The staff was helpful with choosing and answered questions. I had the Laghman style noodles /lamb. While it was good, it had a few bones in it and ruined the meal for me so much that I could not finish it. The Dolan and the Honey cakes were both great dessert choices. The tea cannot be ordered by the cup, only by the pot, which was too much for two people just wanting a cup of tea. Otherwise, a nice place.

b
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a different ethic restaurant with authentic cuisine, we have taken friends about 6 - 7 times.
The noodle dishes are very different from any place we have eaten, and the fish dish and eggplant dish quite good. Will be going again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This family owned and run restaurant serves unique food in a comfortable setting. They have parking in the back and are directly across from Cleveland Park Metro so if you avail yourself of the happy hour drinks or not, you have options. I really enjoyed my meal and will back with more friends.

T
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My third visit. I'm glad to have Dolan Uyghur in the neighborhood, but can't honestly recommend it as a "destination." Uyghur food is interesting but much less subtle than many other new-to-American-tastebuds cuisines, and apart from its novelty value has limited appeal. It's a very oily cuisine; I don't think this is inauthentic, just a fact.

On all three of my visits, my and my companion's food arrived 5-10 minutes apart. I wish that Dolan could fix this awkward gap. Yes, I know it's a small kitchen, but still.

Dolan needs to put its hours on its website.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely dinner with excellent food and matching service. It was a bit more expensive than I expected, but only because I found it via the Washingtonian's Cheap Eats list. Nice dinner (2 entrees, 1 wine, 1 dessert, pot of tea and generous tip $70.) I will certainly return.

MJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and authentic meal -- fresh, homemade ingredients!

MW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great place to try a new (to me, and probably most Americans) cuisine, we had a great time and the server was wonderful about explaining the history of the Uyghur culture and food!

R
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I found the food uneven. The meat filled bun was delicious, but several other dishes seemed like mediocre Chinese food.

DD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative food, savory, but all familiar enough to feel like your new comfort food. The lamb skewers were terrific.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our wait staff was excellent most of the food was amazing. Tried the milk tea though and it smelled sour. Could not deal with it. The only issue was the loud family who were surrounding our table but that is not the restaraunts fault

DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant, alive atmosphere, Excellent intriguing dishes, many that were new to us, definitely requiring future visits to work through the menu. Rose was personally attentive, engaged making us feel like family on our first visit. A great dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The family that runs the place was very sweet and the food was a little different so those are the good things. But, the food was just so so and that's what would make us go back.

o
Washington DC
325 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Dolan Uyghur is on a busy, walkable street in the midst of upscale urban Cleveland Park. Yet it bears many resemblances to the archetypical ethnic strip mall restaurant: a cuisine unfamiliar to many Americans, a modestly decorated and furnished dining room with prices to match, and staff whose knowledge about the food exceeds their ability to communicate about it in English.

We certainly enjoyed our initial exposure to Uyghur food. We started with a spicy, well-seasoned eggplant salad that seemed more Mediterranean than Asian. Our main courses were noodle-based: we agreed that the chewy, shorter noodles of my Korma Chop (which vaguely resembled a spicier version of lo mein) were preferable to my spouse's Laghman. We ended the meal with a bowl of spiced walnuts, which were very easy to finish.

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