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Palden Roastery Cafe

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Phendy Lam | Beside Old Milk Booth, Thimphu, Bhutan
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Korean food in Thimphu.

The menu is extremely limited but..... oh my the best. The couple who run it are very friendly. I ate here on my last visit to Thimphu in November but I here they have moved must look them up next time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2014
Thinley P D
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Phuntsholing, Bhutan
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Phuntsholing, Bhutan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The menu is extremely limited but..... oh my the best. The couple who run it are very friendly. I ate here on my last visit to Thimphu in November but I here they have moved must look them up next time.

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Thimphu District, Bhutan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

I was so excited to go there after learning that it was a Korean restaurant. but I was pretty sad with the fact that it's costlier than what was worth on my plate. But anyhow warm owners and welcoming environment

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Geneva, Switzerland
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17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Limited vegetarian choices, but I never tire of the veggie (or egg) bibimbap. Free wifi and a friendly cat help too!

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is by far my favorite restaurant having been to Bhutan for 5 times now. Restaurant is very clean, neat and comfortable. Food range is quite limited with about 5 main courses to choose from but quality makes up for everything. The young couple runs the entire place on their own, extremely pleasant characters. Accordingly to his Korean wife, they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

What's not to love about Palden?! I'm a weekly customer, and week in and week out Palden is consistent in quality, friendliness, and atmosphere. The best food in thimphu (try the spicy pork, I'm totally addicted) and tied for best coffee (gotta give Ambient its due). This is a MUST VISIT while you are staying in thimphu. Too many tourists... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The Palden Roastery Cafe also known as the "korean resturant" as it is owned by a Korean lady married to a Bhutanese man ,is located near the Druk pizza. This place serves a mini selection of Korean food and in additional to beverages and cakes . It gets very busy esp during the lunch hour so if you want to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

KOREAN FOOD!!!! and good at that. The owners are a cute couple, with the wife from Busan, Korea area. Her food is authentic and tasty!!! The coffee is possibly the best in Bhutan, with both husband and wife being trained in Korea from a real coffee place. sometimes living in Bhutan you get tired of the local same old -... More 

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malaysia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

After days of eating Bhutanese food, it was a refreshing change to have Korean food. It took a while for our food to arrive but it was worth the wait. The spicy condiments (pickled cucumber chillies, pickled radish and cucumber) whetted our appetites. When the bibimbap arrived, everyone tucked into the rice with beef, egg and seaweed with nary a... More 

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New Delhi, India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Anyeong! While the menu listing may be limited to a few dishes, that hasn't stopped me and my friends from frequenting this lovely cafe all the time. Owners Yeonji and Tshering provide healthy and yummy korean dishes, with great coffee and amazing pink lemonade; if you're lucky, they keep freshly baked muffins (plum and strawberry rocks!)...While most dishes make good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I had read and been told that Karma had the best coffee in Thimphu. I was wrong. This is the place to go. The test of a good coffee brew, like a good wine, is not just the taste but the after-taste. Palden's coffee had a very light after-taste. (The "best" coffee I have tasted--the civet cat or luak coffee--had... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: Phendy Lam | Beside Old Milk Booth, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Location: Asia  >  Bhutan  >  Thimphu District  >  Thimphu

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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