What a delightful little find this was! And the perfect venue for our group’s first foray into Tibetan/Himalayan food – a cuisine heavily influenced by Indian, Chinese and Nepali style of cooking. On that premise alone, we knew the meal was going to be packed with spice and flavour!
We dined on a Saturday night and the restaurant was pretty busy all evening. In an attempt to try a little of everything, we ordered a little of everything….while a life-size portrait of the Dalai Lama, created by a New York based artist, watched over us.
Our meal included some Fried Momos (crispy and very tasty), Ting Mo (plain steamed buns that were great for dipping), Jasha Katsa (incredibly tasty diced chilli chicken), Noodle soup (a comforting beef-broth based soup), Chicken Pakoras (bite-sized and delicious), Shae Mo dumplings (pretty much your standard dumplings), a Mongolian Pot (because really, no meal is complete without a hot pot of vegetables, seafood and meat), and the Gyuma (a Tibetan style beef sausage which was the only dish that fell a little short). All of this went down really well with a cool mango lassi – the perfect complement for a spicy meal.
The dishes were brought out as they were ready, so really, there’s no distinction between apps and mains here!
A word of caution: unless you can handle your heat, go easy on the jar of hot, chilli sauce that’s kept on the table. We learned that the hard way! Thanks goodness for cool lassis!
More than the food, however, it was the friendly ambiance and service that sets this little restaurant apart. The owner, Garab (hope I spelled his name right!), was such a lovely soul who treated us like royalty. A down-to-earth and chatty fella, he also took great pride in the artwork that adorned the restaurant’s walls – some of it brought all the way from Tibet.
Wonderful food experience and highly recommended for some affordable ethnic cuisine.