Restaurants in Lhasa serve the best food in Tibet. The cuisine has Tibetan, Sichuan and Western influences. Some hotel restaurants even provide Nepalese and Indian dishes. Most of the restaurants can be found clustered around the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the center of Lhasa City, so that travelers can find places to eat and drink with ease.
Where to eat
Crazy Yak Saloon is next door to Kirey Hotel on Beijing East Road. It has uniquely Tibetan decor and furnishings. Tibetan dish has a good reputation here and the yak meat comes highly recommended. The other highlight is the local song and dance show from every evening.
Ethnic Restaurant is opposite the Kirey Hotel, on East Beijing Road, and is one of the largest Tibetan restaurants in Lhasa. It serves aweto chicken and aweto beef as well as some common local dishes.
Snow-Deity Palace Tibetan Style Restaurant is located just west of the Potala Palace Plaza. There are authentic Tibetan dishes on offer such as freshly fried mutton chops and Tibetan steamed stuffed buns.
Snowland Restaurant next to Snowland Hotel on Mentsikhang Road has a range of western, Tibetan and Nepalese food. Its Nepalese food and pizza are delicious. The price is moderate when compared with the excellent quality of the food.
Tashi, close to Penthoc Guesthouse and Tashi 2 in the Kirey Hotel is a favorite of many visitors. It is clean, quiet and the staff speak good English. They serve local dishes including momos, tsampa, thukpa and fried yak meat as well as spaghetti, mashed potatoes and fries.
Tibetan Cafeteria is located west of Middle Beijing Road. It offers local dishes such as fried mutton chops, radish stew, yak meat and potato buns.
Aloo Gang is located on Duosengge Road. It serves veggie food, yak butter tea and soup.
Beimei Fast Food (North America Style), on Beijing East Road, serves hamburgers, hotdogs, soups and more.
Curried Potato Restaurant is located at the first crossing on the right of Jokhang Temple and offers delicious but cheap food such as curried potato, curried barbecue and yogurt.
Hard Yak Cafe in Lhasa Hotel has a range of expensive western food and a good ambience. Lhasa Hotel also has a fast food stall on Mentsikhang Road serving hamburgers and fried potatoes.
Kailash Restaurant on the rooftop of Banak Shol Hotel on Beijing East Road is also a great place to dine. With pleasant and friendly service, it serves dishes including a nice breakfast, yak burgers and many vegetarian options too.
Makye Ame on the southeastern corner of Barkhor Street is often busy with western visitors. It serves tasty dishes with pasta and pesto and makes good coffee. A few computer terminals make emails possible too.
Xinfeng is located at the East Beijing Road serves all kinds of European dishes, especially the grilled burgers.