We first wrote about Utse in May of last year. Utse’s tasty Tibetan food was a real eye opener for us. It was warm and humid outside and in. Our steaming gyakok was beyond delicious, but we quickly realized that the hearty stew was cold weather food. We vowed to return when a chill settled in on Kathmandu. Last Friday evening, we did.
The first thing we noticed upon entering was that the place was packed. On our previous visit, we were all but alone. In Nepal, it is common that all order at restaurants breaks down under the weight of a mob, not so Utse.
We decided on a table in the corner near the kitchen. Actually, it was the only table left, but I like to think we still had a choice. After a quick look at the menu, we ordered that for which we came. Gyakok for two! A short while later, the appetizer arrived – spicy potatoes. After that, the steaming charcoal-powered hot pot followed by rice, noodles and momos. This mountain of food and two big beers set us back about $20 USD. WOW!
As we left, every table was filled. People were waiting to be seated. Take my advice: Utse is worth the wait.
Skip the pizza. Order the gyakok.
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