REST HOUSE ROAD: Even if you know little about the history, geography or culture of Tibet and Ladakh, the one thing that you do know are momos. For every Bangalorean who has ever wanted to experiment with Tibetan cuisine, momos have formed the go-to initiation dish. And if it is momos you want, then Taste Of Tibet is the best place to have them.
Located on the second floor of the Indo -Dubai Plaza, the restaurant is a favourite haunt of locals while being not-so-accessible to people who have just arrived in the city. Unless you have a local who takes you there.
Taste of Tibet is as close as you will get to tasting authentic Tibetan-Ladakhi cuisine without actually getting out of Bengaluru. A very unassuming restaurant, the owners let the food do the talking.
On the menu is of course momos. From chicken momos to beef momos as well as vegetable momos, there are a lot of options for the cautious first-time sampler.
Whether you like your momos steamed to cut down on oil or deep fried for that crunchy taste, there is some thing for everyone.
That said, Taste of Tibet offers a lot more. The Thukpa or Tibetan noodle soup is something to die for. This is a Tibetan dish which is loved across Ladakh, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh and other North Eastern regions. The particular dish is available in Bengaluru in vegetable, chicken, beef or egg varieties.
Thentuk, made of wheat flour dough, mixed vegetables and meat when required is also another popular dish at this restaurant. The Shaptra, made of sliced chicken or beef steak and served with tingmo, a steamed bread, is also a must-have for meat lovers.
But of course, once you enter the restaurant which entices you with the fragrance of food, you cannot but help yourself to the traditional Tibetan Drangtse which is a salad made of tomatoes, onions, lime and red chilli paste. The Drangtse also makes a great addition to your momos or any other dish you might wish to sample here.
Priced in a way that makes it very tempting for students on a budget, Taste of Tibet has something to offer for people who are looking for an authentic feeling of what Tibetan cuisine has to offer.
A meal for two will cost around ` 300 with most items being priced in the ` 60-80 range.
Taste of Tibet opens at noon everyday and serves yummy food till 10 pm. However, getting there can be a little tricky. Make your way down Rest House Road, till you reach the Indo-Dubai Plaza. The little restaurant is located on the left hand side on the second floor.