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“No Naan For Us, Disappointing Service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lhasa Namaste Resaurant

Lhasa Namaste Resaurant
Lupug 5th Lane Gate 11, Lhasa, China
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Ranked #7 of 81 restaurants in Lhasa
Cuisines: Asian
Description: they serve Indian Western, Tibetan & Nepaliphone 0891-6303399two locations, also at Yutok lu #30 la Yingzhufeng weiye 2nd Floor, next to Cinema Hall, Lhasa Tibet China
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Description: they serve Indian Western, Tibetan & Nepaliphone 0891-6303399two locations, also at Yutok lu #30 la Yingzhufeng weiye 2nd Floor, next to Cinema Hall, Lhasa Tibet China
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“No Naan For Us, Disappointing Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Exhausted in the afternoons from touring around Lhasa and still adjusting to the altitude, our dinner plans at Lhasa Namaste more than once are passed up for afternoon naps that go well beyond dinner time. For now, being able to savor their much raved about naan bread is only a dream.

Fortunately for us, our tour guide agrees to take us there for one of our lunch stops. This solves two of our problems. One being able to find Lhasa Namaste and two being able to eat before we fall asleep.

Lhasa Namaste is co-located with a hotel and has a nice seating area within the hotel's courtyard. The weather is decent when we arrive and dining outside seems like a good option. Unfortunately, it is a Sunday afternoon and we face a big disappointment.

For some reason there is none of Lhasa Namaste famous and much raved about naan bread available. What a let down as this was one of the main reasons we wanted to dine here.

This makes no sense to me as most of the items on the menu offer rice or naan as an option.

When we expressed our disappointment, instead of being met with an apologetic explanation, I felt we got a “sucks to be you”, “so bad so sad” response.

With that culinary dream crushed we proceeded to order lunch with a waitress who seem frustrated and overwhelmed by our dilemma.

Although she spoke English this may have just been a cultural misunderstanding on our part, who knows. However, when we asked for chopped sticks and it took about ten minutes to get them then I think that is just poor service.

To Lhasa Namaste credit, the food we did order was flavorful although a bit more pricy in comparison to the other restaurants in the area. My order of Mutton Bhuna Goast Set was delicious although I think it would have been even better if I was able to enjoy it with some garlic naan.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Beijing, China
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“Great food, indifferent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The food in this restaurant is worth seeking out, as it really stands out from other places. The Naan was clearly the best that we had in Tibet, puffy and crispy. The dal makhani had a great balance of creaminess and spice. The chicken tikka was excellent - succulent and tender with a nice spice on the outside. The chicken tikka butter masala was also tasty. On the Tibetan side both the cheese and yak momos (dumplings) were excellent. There was also Nepali and Tibetan curries which were good as well. Value is excellent, with costs hardly exceeding 50 RMB a person with more food than you can eat. The restaurant has a pleasant courtyard to sit outside in good weather. Now the service is the one outlier- while efficient, it can be best described as surly. If you don't take immediate offense to this, it is fine- it actually becomes part of the experience. in the end , the food is hard to beat in Lhasa.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai, China
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“Naan and Momos! Best Food We Had in Tibet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

On our recent 7 day trip to Tibet we had dinner here 2x and both times it was excellent. It was the best food we had in our trip in Tibet. The menu is full of many options from Western dishes, local, Indian, and everything in between. There is something for everyone found here. Our favorites included the naan, the spring roll, yak burger, yak momos (dumplings), and potato momos. Good quality, service, and reasonable. Being back at home now we miss the momos! You won't be dissapointed with Namaste selections.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Beijing, China
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“Great food, great setting, poor service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This was our favorite restaurant during our stay in Lhasa and we went back a couple of times. Sitting outside in the courtyard is really pleasant. The Indian food is very good and the naan is the best we had in Lhasa (though the garlic one is way too buttery). The Tibetan momos were delicious. Tasty and good value.
The service though is HORRIBLE: friendly enough, but waitresses were slow and clueless. Dishes arrived randomly and put on the edge of the table, as they couldn't be bothered to take an extra step closer. We had to help ourselves to plates and cutlery we needed.
If you can handle the bad service, Namaste is a great place to eat!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kila
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“No naan!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Food was good but the server had a bit of an attitude. After looking forward to the Naan bread and bragging to my fellow travelers about the reviews, we finally made it there only to be told there was no Naan!!! We enjoyed it anyway but were truly disappointed. The place was not easy to find as all the streets are a mess now torn up with construction.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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