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Shangrila - humble and delicious

50firstdatesguy Apr 3, 2008 02:29 PM

I did a search here for 'Tibet', 'Tibetan' and 'Shangrila' and came up with nothing. So if I'm missing something here please let me know.

But, at any rate, I did not find any recent reviews of Shangrila restaurant on Queen W., just east of the Queensway and thought I'd post one.

As described by a cook from a different Tibetan restaurant I saw on TV, Tibetan cuisine and cooking tries to be like the culture; it means well, attempts to be pure, healthy and giving. That being said, the food I ate took a few mins to arrive but was wonderful, fresh and delicious. I interpreted this as meaning it was prepared from scratch, a definite bonus for me. It's a modest place but it's quite authentic and is well-frequented by Toronto's Tibetan community, according to my mother who participates at a West-end Buddhist temple.

The steamed dumplings were delicious (two portions; one meat one veggie), as was a beef dish we had and a vegetable dish we had. We had those dishes over steamed rice and before that had started off with some spring rolls.

Booze isn't on the menu but I was able to get some beer, not sure what else they have.

We finished with 3 ice cream dishes.

There was a banana shake and a Tibetan tea in there somewhere as well. Tibetan tea is tea with a little milk and butter, quite tasty.

Grand total was around the low $60 mark, and it fed 3 people quite well, so the price point was just great.

I would go to Shangrila again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Chinese or Thai cuisine and also appreciates the intangibles of a truly authentic setting.

1600 Queen W., east of the Sak's convenience, North side.

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