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Posted by Total Foodie on 04/18/2007
I eat at Tsampa at least once a week. I love the healthful, delicious stirfries and the butternut squash/corn soup. Sooo good! My favorite dish is the Chicken Chasha Shamo (sp?) which has organic chicken, shitake mushrooms, dark greens, and celery in a really tasty sauce. I can't compare the flavor to anything else i've ever eaten, but it's delicious! I seriously crave that squash soup and this stirfry all the time! The servers are also really nice and very attentive. It's nice and quiet inside and the lighting is low, so I think it's the perfect date spot. Love this place!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2007
This was my first time eating Tibetan food, and I was pleasantly surprised at the distinct flavor of what I ate. The spicy tuna, although a bit large in quantity and lacking delicacy in sight, was wonderful in taste. Can we get more lighting though? It was so hard to read the menu and to see what I was eating. The restaurant has a nice romantic atmosphere, but please, just a little more lighting wouldn't hurt the mood!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/24/2007
3 of us went there last night., and previous reviews were revealed to be spot-on: prices were OK, food wasn't bad, service was disappointing. The mood lighting was pleasant but a bit too dark to comfortably read the text on the menus. All 3 of us used the table candles for aid in ordering and in seeing what we were trying to eat. The waitress took the orders of 2 of our party; while the 3rd was ordering an appetizer she walked away and never came back (to ask how things were or see if we wanted more food during our stay), and he got nothing more to eat there as there is no free bread, etc. Actually, the only servers we encountered while we were inside were a second one who brought the plates of food and yet another different one who brought us the check after we flagged her down. There were multiple servers in the restaurant and they were busy, they just did not appear to be spending much time at any given table during people's stay. The food looked nice and tasted fresh. The flavors in the dishes we chose (a potato/onion/red pepper 'stew', vegetable dumplings, and potato/scallion dumpling appetizer) were all bland, which we felt wasn't necessary even though all were vegetarian and most were steamed. The prices were "average" to "hey, not bad" for the area.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2007
Tsampa is a nice change from the numerous Thai/Japanese/Sushi restaurants here in EV. The dimly lit interior is relaxing, even though it was difficult to see the food and the menu. We ordered momos, Gyathuk Ngopa (baked noodles, with chicken and veg), and spicy chicken. The waitress got our order for the spicy chicken wrong, and we ended up with spicy tuna, but my boyfriend said it was great. The other items were good as well. We also sampled the Tsampa Dessert, which was very tasty. We look forward to going back again to try more of the options on the menu.
Posted by MmmMmmGood! on 01/20/2007
My family had never had Tibetan food and decided to try Tsampa. What a wonderful surprise. Each dish was better than the next and all dipping sauces delicious. Our service was very attentive and the atmosphere divine. Nice and quiet with the sound of a waterfall. We can't wait to go back and try even more dishes!
Posted by Congee on 01/20/2007
I came here a couple of hours ago expecting good food and good service from all the great reviews but I was deeply disappointed. We came as a group of 10. Lady forgets 2 of our main entrees and a chai drink. Lights were really low. Low enough to not see the menu or our food much. I could barely see my chicken pieces on my plate. My friend ordered the curry chicken and as much spices as there should be in curry, sadly there was no curry or we had no option of adding even hotness to it. I've heard some good things about Tibet food but this restaurant did not give off enough flavor of the Tibetan culture I expected.
Posted by UESiders on 12/31/2006
We went here late one evening and had a wonderful experience. If Tibetan food is all like this, we've been missing out! Highly recommend the Dumplings, but everything else was delicious and SO affordable.