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Nov 5, 2012 08:09 AM

Tibetan food


I'm looking for a good restaurant serving Tibetan food. I know there exist 3 near the Quartier Latin (Om, Gatse, and another one whose name escapes me) so I'm hoping to get recommendations on which one to go.

Also, only OM has a website, and from their menu, the food is half indian, and there are even some chinese sounding dishes. I would like to try the particularly tibetan food, but if what is good at the restaurants are indian and chinese, shouldn't I simply go to an indian or Chinese restaurant?

Anyway, thanks for the help!

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  1. Hi, I would be really surprised if you found a restaurant only serving Tibetan food in Montreal, or in Canada for that matter. The truth of the matter is that although Tibetan culture is fascinating, the food falls very low on matters of importance in Tibet. Having travelled extensively through the region, a few things always show up when it comes to food: yak butter tea and tsampa. Those are exclusively Tibetan. Life is hard there and even making a fire to cook food can be a task for some families. Almost any other Tibetan restaurant dish has either Indian or Chinese elements. It'd skip the tsampa dough balls, but try yak butter tea. Tell them not to water it down for you. A good one should be stinky like liquid Limburger cheese (in a good way if that makes any sense). Good luck!

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    1. re: ebrench

      To the best of my knowledge, Chez Gatsé serves only Tibetan food.

      1. re: SnackHappy

        Yeah I ended up going to Chez Gatsé. The food was interesting, and I did try the butter tea which I was not a fan of :) But it was still nice to try it to say I have tried it. We ordered some "momos" which we were told are the traditional food. The beef momos are very much like Chinese dumplings, while the cheese momos are more like giant steamed buns. We also ordered a chicken dish and a noodle dish. The noodles were al dente and overall were very good. I probably would not go here often as there are more "tasty" food out there, but I would definitely recommend people to try this restaurant at least once :)

    2. There's a Nepalese resto in Lachine (I've never been) and I imagine that would probably be a close bet in terms of cuisine.

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        1. This weekend (24/25 Nov) there will be a "Tibetan Cultural Festival" and Bazaar at 60 Rachel West in Montreal. It will include shows, sales, and Tibetan food. There is an admission charge of $5 or $3. It should be "real deal" Tibetan.

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          1. re: Daiya

            have you been before, I wonder if you have more details.....

            1. re: mangoannie

              I've never been, it's just an internet search that told me about it. It's this Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-5pm.

              1. re: Shattered

                not on fb, here is another source; cheaper for students, seniors and kids free


              2. re: Daiya

                Food (noodles and momo dumplings) from Restaurant Om or Shambala. Shows 14h to 15h15. Admission by donation. Cozy vibe.