Luncheon Meet

Snack and Salad Bar, The Landmark Hotel, 90A Nizami Street, Baku

Tel.: (+994 12) 465 2000          www.thelandmarkhotel.az

As we all know, there are pros and cons to everything in life. The Landmark Hotel Snack and Salad Bar is no different. Hidden away in the basement of the Landmark building, underneath The Mill Restaurant, there’s no sign pointing the way and it’s not at all easy to find. There’s no natural daylight in this streamlined, all white canteen type restaurant and it couldn’t be described as either smart or cosy but it’s pleasant enough if you want to grab a quick lunch. More importantly, it’s incredibly good value for money, a rare thing in Baku!

Snack and Salad Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel
Snack and Salad Bar at the Landmark Hotel

You enter, choose your table, and then order and pay at the counter. Then you go to the different food stations, one for salads, one for hot meals and another for drinks and collect your food. It’s as simple as that!

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The salad station
The salad station

I met a girlfriend for lunch here. She works in the area and her lunch hour is limited, so this was ideal, no faffing about, no ordering, straight into eating and a good catch up, talking at 100 miles a minute. We each had a salad, Caesar for her, Greek for me, a cup of coffee and free water. The whole shebang cost AZN9 and the portions were more than we could manage. The food is not fancy in any way but it’s fresh and tastes good. What more can you ask?

Greek Salad
Greek Salad
Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad

The Salad and Snack Bar do a daily menu of hot food as well as salads, soups and sandwiches. A large baguette sandwich costs from a mere AZN2 and you can eat in or take away. The dessert and cake selection looked very nice too. I spotted a raspberry Victoria sponge cake which had me dithering over my decision to be good but I resisted on this occasion. Now I’m torn between regret and polishing my halo.