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Tibet Kitchen

Posted by Charlotte Johnstone / Reviewed on July 31, 2009 / review policy

Tibet Kitchen SignTibet Kitchen is one of a number of Tibetan restaurants in Parkdale, which has in recent years become the neighbourhood to head to when you feel like a little po cha or some of the warming food that's served at the various Tibetan owned and operated restaurants on Queen West.
Tibet Kitchen Menu CoverWith the choice of Taste of Tibet, Le Tibet and Shangri-La Produce (to name a few) all serving a range of Tibetan and Tibetan-style food within a few blocks of each other, there are only so many times you can walk by them all without walking into one.
Tibet Kitchen InteriorTibet Kitchen is the furthest west of the group, situated just west of Fuller Avenue on Queen West and is more in the aforementioned Tibetan-style category.

Describing itself as asian cuisine, Tibet Kitchen's menu is a combination of ubiquitous dishes such as vegetable spring rolls and sweet/sour shrimp with more specifically Tibetan selections such as 'thuk' noodle soups (albeit made with wheat noodles rather than the traditional barley flour noodles).
Tibet Kitchen CardsAs Tibetan food is intended to help ameliorate living in a cold climate, a recent grey July evening on the back patio of Tibet Kitchen (complete with hopelessly optimistic Summer clothing) proves an unfortunately apt opportunity to enjoy it's benefit.
Tibet Kitchen Lemon TeaWe order a lemon tea ($1.50) and a bhod-jha, black tea made with hot milk, butter and a pinch of salt ($1.50) while we decide what to order.
Tibet Kitchen Bhod-JhaPersonally, I really like the way that the salt cuts the sweet creaminess of very milky tea. No-one else on the table agrees with me, however, and when my second cup proves more than I can manage my attempts to give it away are a dismal failure.
Tibet Kitchen Spring RollsWe get vegetable spring rolls to begin with ($2.99 for two) as everyone is too hungry to patiently wait for their entree.
Tibet Kitchen SauceThey're flaky rather than greasy, which is a plus, as is the awkward heart-shape that our dipping sauces have settled into, but overall they're pretty unremarkable and bland.
Tibet Kitchen PhingshaMy friend's Phingsha ($8.99) is a welcome recommendation from our server. It's starchy mix of bean noodles, diced potato and side of rice are offset well with the soupy ginger-peppercorn sauce, sautéed beef and black mushrooms.
Tibet Kitchen Beef PattiesI get the Sha Bhaley beef patties ($7.99), which are a delicious, meaty, sharing option but are housed in so much deep-fried casing that they're a bit daunting to consider as a solo entree.

The Tsey curry ($8.99), a mix of seasonal vegetables in a very mild curry sauce served with rice, is a decent size for the price and are a good accompaniment to the beef patties. Considered alone though, the vegetables lack any discernible flavour as does the curry sauce.
Tibet Kitchen Dalai LamaTibet Kitchen is certainly worth considering for it's generous portions and reasonable price. A larger group ordering to share would be able to take advantage of how well some of the heavier and plainer dishes combine together.

Considering how good the local competition is though, I probably wouldn't choose it over another trip to Little Tibet for dinner.

Tea is another matter, however, and a regular intake of their bhod-jha would be a pretty effective defence against the cold. Even in July.

Photos by Emma McIntyre

Discussion

10 Comments

Ghost of Tibet / May 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm
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Tibet Kitchen

Honey, if you get this note
I have gone to Tibet Kitchen,
I know it is quite sudden
but I can't lie to you anymore.
I have cheated on you many times
and I am ashamed of my rotten lies,
first there were the momo twins
who burst upon my palettes wild.
They came with their wayward friends
and none spared me their juicy lips,
then came Miss spicey Gurma
twirling in her black dress.
Who can forget Tsel Nezom
she had me with just one wink!
What about phing sha and tofu manchurian
the spring roll with her bashful smile.
oh! I am weak;
Please forgive me, my dear,
the Gyathuk, the tsethuk, and the Mokthuk
they all had their way with me.
Please do not come looking for me
unless you mean to join the fun,
I know I am in trouble already
the couch will be just fine tonight
Adam / April 22, 2011 at 07:07 am
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Please mind your it's and its
Jonathan Caren / May 9, 2011 at 08:21 am
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LOL@ghost of tibet.
Richard / September 8, 2011 at 08:10 pm
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What kind of tibetan restaurant serves meat?
That's a fake tibetan restaurant.
Jen / January 13, 2012 at 02:14 pm
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Richard (above poster) is cray cray. Due to the altitude of Tibet, vegetables are rare and meat is pervasive. Only after contemporary Buddhist scholars introduced treatises on vegetarianism have some Tibetans stopped eating meat. In fact, many Tibetan buddhists only feel that the killing of the animal is bad, and thus have their animals butchered by Muslim Tibetans, particularly in bigger cities like Lhasa.
Chach / February 11, 2012 at 09:47 am
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Best Chicken Noodle soup ever!
Sam / July 7, 2012 at 06:13 pm
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The beef sausage in their appetizer section of the menu is unlike any sausage I've had. It has soft meaty texture with an earthly deep mild spice character. Ask for it to be served with the skin removed, and eat it with your fingers :)
taradonjedma replying to a comment from Richard / January 28, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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Just returned from six months tutoring in McLeodganj. The only vegetarian Buddhists I met were from the West. My Tibetan Buddhist students and I often shared non-vegetarian food.
On a personal note, I used to be vegetarian until I went to China the first time. There, I realized it was a hardship for my hosts to provide a vegetarian diet. The Buddhist belief that you eat what is offered started to make more sense to me and now that is what I do, regardless of the country.
maya / November 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm
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Great food! Went about a month ago and randomly walked in to try it out. Was pleasantly surprised with the service and food. Definitely will be back!
A Tibetan replying to a comment from Richard / April 28, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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clearly you don't know anything about Tibetan culture

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