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“Something new - and delicious”
Review of Lhasa Cafe

Lhasa Cafe
Ranked #40 of 145 Restaurants in Northampton
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Becket, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Something new - and delicious”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had dinner on a sunday evening after a trip on the Norrowotuck bike trail. The atmosphere was soothing with quiet music playing. The restaurant is small but the menu is large and varied. We had a barley based soup and spring rolls, then split a pan freid noodle dish. The food was flavorful and nicely presented. Very reasonably priced - we will be back to try different items, the Mo-mo's looked particularly good!

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unique Easter Dinner”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Ask 3 college students where they'd like to eat for Easter dinner and you may end up eating yak!!!! Have to admit my reluctance to try something this new without having first read a review or heard a recommendation, BUT it was fantastic. The servers were very kind and patient explaining the menu, meals were delivered quickly and hot. The "kids" all tried yak and raved about it (in dumplings, over noodles and stir fried with spinach). I played it safe with vegetarian soup, and loved it! Recommend trying the house beverage for a dessert! I'll definitely go back and maybe even be a bit more adventurous!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank William B
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maine
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“our favorite lunch spot in no-ho”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

if i still lived in the 5-college area (and was not confined to my undergraduate budget) i would eat here every day. now, whenever we visit my husband makes it a point to eat here at least once. the food is always tasty and the service is friendly. my personal favorite is the lhasa mo-mo's (a sample plate of dumplings), any one of the soups (like the 'dali' - just like the indian 'dal') and the dang-tsel salad (a cabbage salad which is more like the best coleslaw i've ever eaten - no mayo!!). their signature, of course, is yak dishes. if you've never tried yak, it's definitely worth it; the meat is darker and more savory (perhaps more 'game-y'?) than beef or even buffalo, and their preparations bring out the wonderful rich flavor.

the cafe has a good lunch special, but dinners there are excellent as well. the curry dishes, noodle dishes, and sauteed (or stir-fired) dishes are all very, very good. the flavors are subtle and multi-layered, and although you can request your meals spicier, they will arrive very mild. (if you're used to the eye-watering spiciness of indian cuisine, this will be mild to the point of sweetness.) the beer and wine selection is small, but, really, why would you choose either when you have tasty treats like chai tea (or buttery, yummy, 'bocha') and 'thara' (think of the indian lassi)? for dessert they serve the ubiquitous asian-themed ginger/green tea/red bean/mango ice cream, but they also have specialty dishes like bhaktsa marhku (a sweet rice-and-cheese dessert which you should try at least once).

even during the busiest dinner visit we've found the atmosphere very clam and relaxed. there is music playing at a low volume, the decor is tasteful and minimal, and the front is decorated with prayer flags and strings of lights. you can even buy copies of the cds - as well as books and prayer flags - from a little table at the back of the cafe. on our most recent trip, the cafe had put up a blanket at the entrance to block the cold winter draft whenever the door opened. entering the cafe felt a little like entering a yurt (exciting!) and the insulating effect was much appreciated on that cold and blustery day.

if you like indian food, sushi, thai, vietnemese, moroccan, ethiopian, argentinian (or even the typical mexican, italian, or ever-present pub fare), but are looking for something different, and if (like me) you just don't like chinese food, i would highly recommend lhasa cafe. i would also recommend more than one visit, to be sure you have ample opportunity to sample everything they have to offer.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank kb_downeast
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Williamstown, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Original Tibet”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The prospect of sampling authentic Tibetan cuisine in a small New England town is tantalizing. The food itself is a bit less savory than that served in Indian and Thai restaurants, but that may be my underdeveloped (for Tibetan cuisine) palate not being properly appreciative. The staff are welcoming, the atmosphere is spare-but-appropriate, and the food is quite satisfying. I must return here to get a better education in its varied vegetarian dishes, but I recommend it to anyone seeking a welcome break from the usual fare. It seems to be very much the real thing.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank RalphH42
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
357 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Flavorful, hearty food at a good price”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The food I have enjoyed here has been simple but flavorful and very satisfying. Nothing seems too spectacular or inspired, but a good meal, a change of pace and a good price.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank TomM1951
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