Majnu ka Tila (popularly known as MKT), is also called Delhi’s ‘Little Tibet’. With its narrow and winding streets, colourful Tibetan flags and the soft and melodious sound of the Tibetan prayer bells, this place is not only a shopper’s paradise and a hub for youngsters to play video games and buy Tibetan trinkets, but also one of the fastest growing food destinations in Delhi. There are a plethora of options here for a foodie, from small stalls selling Lhaphing, fermented bamboo shoots and dried fish, to restaurants serving Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, Nepali and Japanese cuisines and lastly small pretty cafes serving beverages along with snacks and baked goodies.
All this put together makes Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila a smaller and compact version of Dharamshala that doesn’t fail to impress and enchant a person.
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Listed below are 6 places that are known for their authentic Tibetan food and homely ambience at a reasonable cost:
1. AMA Restaurant
AMA restaurant is one of the most famous eateries in this locality. It is well known for its welcoming and homely ambience, authentic Tibetan food and drinks that taste just like home cooked food. The Tingmo, which is a steamed fermented bread, is a must try that can be dipped in soup or eaten with spicy dips. The Chicken Sizzler is another great dish to try here.
Address: 40, New Tibetan Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Contact: 011 23811589, +91 8447919704 Hours: 12 Noon to 10 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 500 (approx.)
Chicken Sizzler. Photo Credit: Aditi Dhillon
2. Tee Dee Restaurant
Although Tee Dee is a small place, it serves authentic Chinese and Tibetan food and has a cosy feel to it. Breakfasts are a highlight here, with a variety of pancakes, Tibetan breads and porridge that one can order. Pork dishes are also a favourite here. Other must try dishes include Shabalay and Thentuk!
Address: 32, Aruna Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Contact: 011 23939414 Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 500 (approx.)
As the name suggests, Kori’s is known for its Korean dishes. It’s a chic café with trendy interiors including colourful walls and fancy artefacts. They’re known for their shakes, burgers, sandwiches, but more importantly, they’re famous for their Korean dishes such as Kimbabs, Dosirak (Korean thali), Ramen, Bibimbap etc.
Address: Tsampa Guest House, Aruna Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Contact: 011 64555506, +91 9958601753 Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 600-700 (approx.)
Ramen, Bibimbap and Kimchi at Kori's. Photo Credit: instagram.com/jane.kamei
4. Rigo Restaurant
Rigo is one of the most well-known and oldest Tibetan restaurants in Majnu ka Tila. Whether it’s quality of food, variety, taste or ambience, Rigo tops it all. Their Momos and Thukpas are a must have.
Address: 180, Tibetan Old Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Contact: 011 23817714, 011 65028944 Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 600-700 (approx.)
AMA café is one of the most popular cafes in the area. It has a beautiful décor with huge wallpapers, striking pictures, Tibetan handicrafts and curios. The café also has a book section which contains travel and photography books and the entire ambience is soothing and peaceful. It’s also a budget friendly café, which is good news for all the foodies out there and is hence, a favourite with students. Their shakes, cakes, smoothies, and pies are an absolute delight and their Chocolate Mud Cake and Apple Pie is a must have!
Address: House 6, New Colony, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 400-450 (approx.)
AMA Cafe. Photo Credit: Aditi Dhillon
6. Nor – Khyil Restaurant
The Nor-Khyil restaurant is known for its authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisines. Their pork dishes are well known and their other dishes are equally delicious. The ambience is pretty with wooden exteriors. Two of their best-selling dishes are Koti Momos and Rice Noodles.
Address: 23, Tibetan New Camp, New Aruna Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Contact: 011 23814106, 011 23814234 Hours: 9 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Sun) Cost for two: INR 500 (approx.)
Photo Credit: Aditi Dhillon
So here's your go-to list in order to witness the magic of the Tibetan cuisine in our very own 'Little Tibet'. Make sure to try them out on your next visit to Majnu ka Tila!
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