Townsville, Queensland, Australia
December 4, 2001
Most Chinese food in Shigatse is Sichianese-style and this restaurant is no exception. Some dishes are perhaps too hot for some Western people but I found them fine. Many dishes include huajiao (sometimes called flower pepper), a curious spice that has a slightly numbing effect on the mouth. It is distinctive and I did not mind it at all.
The menu is extensive (like many Chinese restaurants) but when you analyze what is available it turns out to be chicken, beef, pork or fish, cooked in various ways. This restaurant also had some vegetarian dishes. The service was good and I had no problem with the quality of the food. It is not big on décor or atmosphere, however.
Drink options included sweet milk tea, Chinese tea, cola, or Lhasa beer. We went for the latter and quite enjoyed its rather mild taste. The price here is higher than most other small restaurants in Shigatse but it is still good value by most standards. Mains are around US$3. Drinks around US$1.
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