Vancouver Tibet Kitchen is a nice, cozy little spot serving up great, hearty Tibetan food at excellent prices. From the dumplings (momos) to the noodles, to the manchurian chowmein, each dish is full of authentic flavour.
Loving all things Tibet, I chose Vancouver Tibet Kitchen as the place to enjoy my 55th birthday en famille. We had the place to ourselves on a rainy Sunday night, and sat down ready to sample the entire menu! The ambiance is best described as unpretentious, but is comfortable.
The momo were highly recommended, and we can tell you now...order extra! They are juicy and delicious, and I particularly like the unusual condiments supplied, a green onion and vinegar sauce that is bright and peppery, and a fiery, deep toned chili relish. Both were yummy on the momo.
We also sampled the Manchurian fried rice (absolute smash hit...succulent, nice texture to the rice grains, delicious sauce), the deep fried cauliflower (really nice toasty flavour, lovely dipped in the Manchurian sauce,),
the noodle soup (needed a bit of flavour boost, but welcome on a cold evening), chili fish (fish was tender, sweet and fresh, sauce very tasty), and a noodle dish. We even tried the Tibetan tea, which was warming and...unusual!
The flavours were neither standard Chinese or Indian, but a lovely and original fusion reminiscent of Thai or Indonesian cooking. I found the wealth of fresh vegetables in each dish especially pleasing. I will definitely be back. It would be lovely for a snack on a chilly winter's day!
The service was outstanding, the waitress attentive and personable, the dishes fresh and hot. And the crowing glory of the evening was the dimming of the lights, some incredibly loud birthday music, the presentation of a flaming (birthday candle) sweet fried banana with ice cream, along with a lovely white silk scarf, which I take it is traditional for the birthday person. I was enchanted!
This is a great place for a warmup, for a late night nosh, or a relaxed place to take the kids on a day out. There is something for everyone, and it is all mighty tasty. Enjoy!
We've had a lot of great meals here, and are looking forward to many more - most of our thoughts are given in the description. Forgot to mention the awesome chicken pakoras we had the last time we went there. They also have great vermicelli dish with black mushrooms. Another option you have on visiting VTC is just ordering from their its great selection of appies, to enjoy these with cold beer.
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