Nuxa is the historical name of Sheki, a charming city at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains in northwest Azerbaijan famous for its 18th-century old town with a Silk Road-style collection of cobblestone streets, mosques, hammams, and caravanserais. And this restaurant brings a touch of all that – with its red-brick interior and dazzling lanterns inspired by Sheki’s famous caravanserai – to an otherwise nondescript area of Baku. “A long time ago, caravans went there, merchants on camels. It was both a hotel and a bazaar,” explains manager Elshad Rasulov. The staff is from Sheki, and while the cuisine is more broadly Azerbaijani, it’s a great place to sample dishes from the northwest, such as piti (a mutton and chickpea soup), which is served in a clay pot.