Tibet Restaurants

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Tibet Restaurants

  • Backpacker Haven

    There are several backapacker cafes and restaurants dotted around Barkor Street so you wont get hungry. They all have english menus along with Chinese ones and other popular foreign languages. I managed to take note of some of the dishes they had at this place to give you a taster...It was packed full of people at lunchtime when we went, so I...

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  • More Tibetan restaurants/houses

    The further we went from Lhasa, the cheaper the food was getting..so was the taste and the certainty of what we were actually eating:) we stopped to many Tibetan houses on the road and just had some lunch...fried rice and yak always on the menu and your safest bet. Sometimes adventured to get salads or french fries but they just taste like nothing...

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  • Shigatse

    We had a light snack in one of them (picture attached) which was reasonably good. The other one we had some dinner - a yak burger and fries that failed to taste the right way..The funniest thing was that monks from Tashilunpo monastery were having also dinner next to us..such a pitty that they dont speak a word of English ...

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  • More of the Tibetan evening

    This was the treat of our Chinese agency and we shared the table with the two Chinese guys from the agency. It was a bit of a weird experience as I was so excited about finally arriving in Tibet that started crying when I saw the Tibetan show...Felt so sorry for the Tibetan guys and felt like kicking the ass of our Chinese hosts while they were...

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  • Tibetan evening

    Here was our first experience with Tibetan cuisine and loved it! Yak yoghurt was delicious and adored in in the combination with fried rice and yak, along with vegetables. The tea with yak butter tasted bizarre but great, loved the Tibetan beer and wine!

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  • Dunya restaurant Lhasa

    Run by Dutch and American guys, this is one of the finest restaurant in Lhasa. Some interesting fusion dishes as yak sizzler or yak burger and pizza. Nice salads and friendly staff. There's also an outside terrase on the first floor overlooking main boluevard in Lhasa.

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  • Lhasa Beer

    On my search for local specialties, I came along the Lhasa beer - the name alone is worth drinking it, but it really is good stuff ;-)

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  • Street kitchens

    Stick to the delicious streetkitchens spreading everywhere in town. Especially around Barkhor Quarter. It is delicious locals/Chinese food with a great taste for little money, like everywhere in China! For prices around 3 Kuai you get the real taste!My personal recommendation are the muslim noodles with their garlic/vinegar and so on sauce for 2...

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  • Fried sheep's lung

    The fried sheep’s lung had a very strange consistency; it was not ‘solid’ like normal meat. I would not recommend it!

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  • Chang

    A milky fermented beer, with a rich, fruity taste, that is brewed on special occasions. This is how people in our group described the drink:“Burning tyres”“Nicotine”“Like licking an ashtray”“Not bad”“Alcoholic sieved porridge”

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  • Yak Butter Tea

    Tea is considered a necessity of life for Tibetans, and Chinese brick tea was once so valuable that it was used as currency. Yak-butter is used instead of milk, and salt in place of sugar (sugar is hard to come by in Tibet, whereas there are many salt deposits found near lakes). The resulting drink resembles a thin soup more than tea. Often tsampa...

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  • Yak spring roll

    The yak spring rolls were nice and crispy on the outside, and the filling was quite pleasant. The fries were nice and crisp.

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  • Yak Chilli

    This dish of yak chilli with pepper, onions and tomatoes was nice and spicy but the meat was a little chewy. Not worth a repeat.

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  • Yak with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce

    The Kyichu Special Steak was described as sliced tenderloin of yak with a red wine and mushroom sauce. Served medium to rare (despite ordered blue), it was very lean and tender and the vegetables came al dente. A very good choice!

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  • Tibetan Pizza

    Pizza was available on many of the menus we came across in Tibet. This particular Tibetan Pizza was very nice, described as having seasonal green chillies, dried onion, broth (????) and mixed vegetables. No yak.

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  • Tibetan Fried Rice

    The Tibetan Fried Rice was absolutely superb, with nice crunchy vegetables. A very tasty vegetarian alternative for when you are fed up with yak meat!

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  • Nepalese Dhalbat

    Generally speaking, Tibetan cuisine is a mixture of Nepalese and Chinese influences. Many restaurants had a choice of Tibetan, Chinese, Nepalese and Chinese cuisine on their menus. Here you can see a Nepalese Dhalbat, which is very similar to an Indian Thali, or a ‘curry set’. It was very tasty without being too spicy.

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  • Yak Burger

    Yak burgers were on most the menus in Tibet, and generally speaking in was very nice. It was very similar to a beef burger, quite nice and juicy. Sometimes if would be served in a bun or bap, other times between slices of bread as here.On the second photograph you can see a yak burger served with mushrooms and cheese.

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  • Momo Soup

    The soup was quite bland and the momos were filled with meat – yes, you guessed it! Yak meat! It was quite pleasant, but nothing more than that. Very filling for a reasonable price.

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  • Yak Pepper Steak

    Yet another variation of yak, this time with a tasty pepper sauce. French inspired, the meat was very tender and the whole dish was yummy. The vegetables, as with most we were served in Tibet, were cooked until barely tender – just how I like them!

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  • Cheese momos

    These momos – dumplings filled with cheese – were very cheesy, and the tomatoey sauce served with it was very tangy!

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  • Shaptrak

    Shaptrak is a local Tibetan dish which is not dissimilar to stir fried beef, except this one was made from yak. The meat was very tender, it was a nice mixture, and the whole dish was really nice and tasty.

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  • Tsampa

    Tasteless flour which forms the staple of the Tibetan diet, tsampa is usually made by roasting barley and is formed into balls and mixed with tea or yak butter, eaten raw or in soup or cakes. Mixed with sugar and milk powder it creates a kind of porridge. Sometimes it will also contain beef or mutton. This tsampa porridge is known as tu-pa. Tsampa...

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  • Yak Stew

    This particular yak stew (there were many variations), was not the best dish I have ever tasted. The quality of the meat was rather suspect, with lots of fat, and the sauce was a little slimy or sticky if you understand what I mean.

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  • Swet and Sour Yak Meat

    Here is the yak meat again in another guise – as a sweet and sour. It was really rather nice, quite sweet, not dissimilar to the sweet and sour you get in Chinese takeaways back in the UK.

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  • Swede Cakes

    The bright orange swede cakes or patties were on the breakfast buffet a couple of times and it was rather peculiar tasting. It was quite chewy and not something that I would choose again.

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  • Seaweed soup

    The sea weed soup did not have a very strong taste to it, it was like a weak fishy soup, with bits of poached egg floating around in it. Nothing special.

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  • Dried Yak Meat

    Yak is the staple meat in Tibet, and is found in every shape and form imaginable, including dried. It was available everywhere, including vacuum packed in supermarkets. It tastes similar to the South African biltong.

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  • Mixed Vegetables

    The cauliflower and broccoli mix was served in a very nice, piquant sauce with ginger, The vegetables had been cooked well and were still crunchy.

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  • Apple Lassi

    Lassi was a very popular drink on most Tibetan menus, and we had it as often as we could, usually the apple lassi. Mostly it tasted like an apple yogurt or apple milkshake, but this one was more like mashed apple with stwed rice pudding!

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  • Fish Balls

    The fish balls were served in a sauce with some dark green sliced cucumber or possibly marrow. They were quite nice, not too fishy. I know that sounds odd, but I am not a great fish lover.

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  • Yak Curry Set

    The yak curry set consisted of rice, raw vegetables, hot pickle, vegetable curry (this was quite spicy), dhal, yak curry and garlic naan. It was very nice.

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  • Pigs' Trotters

    The slivers of pigs’ trotters where slimy and chewy. I would not recommend these as a matter of choice.

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  • Lhasa Beer

    Although many imported beers are available, you cannot go to Tibet without trying the local brew. Lhasa beer is available everywhere throughout the country, not just in Lhasa, in bottles or cans. The bottles are the larger 1 litre variety.It tastes a little bitter, somewhat like a Continental lager, but you can easily get used to the taste.

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  • along the road

    Soon after our car crash, we board a passing bus going to Lhassa. Along the way, we stop for lunch in a makeshift place.We had some "chinese fastfood" while our guide was having a traditional meal.Both were cheap and very ok.10 Y + 5 Y softdrink Traditional Yak meat

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  • your lunch stop in Nangartse

    I don't know if I should put this comment into restaurant tips or warnings.Have a look at the kitchen of this restaurant and make your own opinion about it.FYI, nobody sick in our car. Buffet lunch

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  • Dunya, the world

    Attached to Yak hotel, this place has good food and a nice bar upstair.It caters group as well and sometime it can be crowded.The staff is nice and understand well what you want.The atmosphere can be plain according to the patrons.Dutch management A lot of nice stuff especially soup and pasta.Special word for their french fries and mayonnaise...

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  • Try it though you may not fond of it.

    It's a traditional tibetan tea house, someone might think it looks dirty and might be afraid to enter. Then you really miss something! Tibetan people eat this every morning together with yak milk tea. I just think i shoud try. It tasted ..... interesting...anyway if you like yak milk tea, you 'd like this as well.

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  • Tsampa and butter tea!

    Noone goes to Tibet in order to enjoy the Tibetan cuisine! Seriously, the Tibetan way of "cooking" must range as the least inspiring in all the world, especially when compared to the exotic spices of Szechuan.Apart from barley, nothing really grows on the Tibetan Plateau, especially in the west, and therefore the main staple is .... barley. And, as...

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  • Don't miss the nightmarket foodstalls

    Well, if I have to say anything positive about the Chinese "influences" in Tibet than It might be the food.Some restaurants offer amazing Chinese food and street vendors offer cheap fried snacks at about $0,20 a piece.I can recommend it. Don't be afraid for your stomach, it's generally safe.Try the potato slices with salt and chilly!

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  • Try the yak ribsteak!

    The Yeti Cafe is just down the block from the Lhasa Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn). An impromptu dinner there turned out to be one of the best meals we had in Tibet, despite the seriously limited English of our waitress and the hilariously translated menu. Like many restaurants that we would visit, the restaurant served a hodge-podge of dishes:...

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  • Tell me about Tibetan food

    The best advice I can offer on Tibetan cuisine is not to go to Tibet for the food. Do not even go with high hopes. Be glad, if for no other reason whatsoever, that the Chinese are in Tibet. I spent three weeks in Nepal four years ago and loved the food. It is not, contrary to popular opinion, all that similar to Indian. It looks different, tastes...

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  • What does yak taste like anyway?

    Yak has a fairly straightforward taste: yak butter tastes like butter with a tang or slight sharpness that some Westerners associate with rancid oil. Yak cheese looks like cheddar and tastes similar except, again, for the unmistakable tang. Yak butter tea, known as bo cha, is probably Tibet's single most famous comestible. It is not made with...

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  • Yak, Yak, Yak!

    Local restaurant on the main tourist street often have Yak Dance during the dinner time. Tibetan singer and dancer...pretty interesting.Downtown Lhasa is small, you can just wander and jump in one of them. Yak, Yak, Yak...milk tea...

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  • Western Food

    Yak restaurant has a very nice balcony to sit for beer and for dinner. You can meet some interesting travellers there as well. Decoration on the wall is specially...Foods are actually ok...not too especially. But you will be definately happy finding such bar & restaurant in Lhasa. Go there for Brunch in the sun.. For dinner, you have lots of other...

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Tibet Restaurants

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Most of the outstanding restaurants in Tibet are located in Lhasa. There are excellent restaurants in other areas as well but the most note worthy are located in Lhasa, such as;

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