Restaurant of Zhuang Yuan: Good food, crazy chef!
Walking down the street through the market area, this man kept following us saying he owned the best restaurant in Gyantse and we should come for dinner. Being our first and only night in town we took him up on it.
The restaurant is really nothing special from the outside and for that matter from the inside as well. There are many note books that foreign travelers sign writing how good the food is and the chef is quick to bring them out and show them to you. What ever you order the chef invites you into the kitchen so you can watch him flame broil in a wok. Flames shoot up about five feet! Impressive but looks dangerous. The food was average but the show with the fire was worth the visit.
A side note about the bathroom situation. To get to the bathroom you have to walk through the kitchen, past the flame throwing chef into the back alley. Walk up a flight of stairs to a cement open air patio with three slits cut out of the floor. This is the toilet. And that's right, everything falls into the alley below.
Warning: five out of the six of us drank this herbal tea. looked like just a lot of different flowers in hot water. All five of us were sick that night. The one that did not drink this was not sick. stay away from the tea.
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restaurant of the Jian Zang hotel: Ai Fang pancakes
The restaurant of the Jian Zang hotel is OK, but the food is not outstanding. Just the normal dishes they serve in tourist restaurants in Tibet.
Favorite Dish: The Ai Fang pancake is not on the menu, but you have to get one for dessert. It is a thin pancake filled with apple. It is named after Ai Fang, the chinese name of our tourleader, she is the one that told them how to make it.
Tashi: relaxed atmosphere
All over Tibet you will find restaurants called Tashi. They serve tibetan, chinese and western food and almost always have an english menu.
It are real tourist restaurants tough and you will never find a tibetan eating there.
Food here is good and tasty for a reasonable, but a bit higher (you are the rich tourist) price.