Best restaurants in Bhutan

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Paro

    Bukhari Restaurant

    The sophisticated circular restaurant at the Uma Paro hotel is the best in the valley. The set dinner menu changes frequently and focuses on fresh, healthy and locally sourced food. Lunch is simpler and includes the popular Wagyu burger with Bumthang 'Gouda' cheese. There are also set Bhutanese or Indian meals, or you can choose anything from the all-day dining menu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Thimphu

    Cloud 9

    If you're tired of bland hotel buffets, this stylish restaurant serves the best international menu in town. Come for sourdough pizzas with authentic Italian toppings, fat gourmet burgers with all the trimmings, deli sandwiches and delicious real gelato. You can't miss the ultra-modern silver-grey dining room, in a prime Chang Lam location, with a terrace overlooking Changlimithang Stadium (you can also enter from Clocktower Square).

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    7th Restaurant

    The elegant restaurant at the Hotel Druk elevates the hotel buffet to high art. The spread of dishes roams from Europe to Bhutan and China, but it's the finely crafted Indian dishes that stand out above the pack. The Friday buffet is simply the best Indian meal in Bhutan. There's also an à la carte menu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South of Thimphu

    Babesa Village Restaurant

    About 6km south of Thimphu's centre, this charming restaurant offers traditional Bhutanese cuisine in a rammed-earth village home, one of four still standing incongruously next to the Thimphu–Babesa Expressway. The interior is decorated with antiques and the authentically spicy set menus include such local dishes as ribs with chilli, lom (dried turnip leaf) and mengay, optimistically described as 'Bhutanese pizza'.

  • Restaurants in Paro

    My Kind of Place

    Stylish, clean and well run, this spacious 1st-floor restaurant has tasty Bhutanese dishes such as hoentey (buckwheat dumplings) and ema datse (chillies with cheese) with bhaley (Tibetan-style bread), but has some interesting Asian dishes too, including Indonesian-style chicken rendang or a curry set with bok choy and garlic potatoes. The personal touch of the owner elevates the place.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Paro

    Sonam Trophel Restaurant

    Sonam is popular with small groups and has excellent home-style Bhutanese cooking adapted to foreign tastes. The best bet is the set lunch (order in advance; minimum six people), which consists of seven dishes, brought to the table (not buffet-style). The momos (dumplings), boneless chicken, ginger potatoes and hentshey datse (spinach and cheese) are all excellent.

  • Restaurants in Thimphu

    Lemongrass Thai

    Thimphu's best and most stylish Thai restaurant looks out over downtown from the top of a shopping centre, with views towards the National Memorial Chorten and Buddha Dordenma. The menu throws in some interesting Isaan dishes among the familiar strip fries and curries, and groups of four or more can pre-order impressive set menus and Thai hotpots.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Thimphu

    Ambient Café

    A warm, friendly bolthole above Norzin Lam, used by many expats as a de facto office. Drinks include good espresso coffee, juices and smoothies, and the food menu runs to vegan breakfasts, buckwheat waffles, sandwiches and pitta pockets, and homemade cakes and ice cream. The owner is a good source of information on local mountain-biking routes.

  • Restaurants in Thimphu

    Zombala 2

    This branch of Thimphu's famous momo restaurant serves delicious food in a roomy dining room overlooking Thimphu's main junction. It's deservedly popular with both visitors and locals and serves such tasty local dishes as momos (deep-fried or steamed dumplings) and beef paa with chillies and spinach.

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    Zen Family Restaurant

    The Chinese dishes here are tasty and fairly authentic, with some Bhutanese and Thai flavours thrown in, and portions are sized to share, though service is languid. The snappy modern decor is surprisingly sophisticated and the ambience is quiet. You might even find seafood and lobster here if you fancy a last-night blowout.

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    Hayate Ramen

    It's ramen noodles all the way at this inviting, calm Japanese restaurant. Bowls come topped with everything from roast pork to ebi (battered prawns), and you can finish off the dish with a suite of condiments, from roasted sesame seeds to thingye (Bhutanese pepper). Order an artisanal ale on the side.

  • Restaurants in Thimphu

    Chula

    Upstairs above the hubbub of Norzin Lam, Chula serves some of the best Indian food in town. You'll find a wide range of tasty Indian staples (including good tandoori, biryani and paneer dishes), served at highly varnished black-wood tables. The set lunch thalis (veg/nonveg Nu 250/300) are great value.

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    Cafe Perk

    If you are searching for espresso, this is the place to head for. In addition to coffee, there are cakes, milkshakes, cold coffees and masala chai. The blackboard menu includes banana and buckwheat pancakes, pasta, grilled sandwiches with fries and other familiar favourites. Picnic lunches can be arranged.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Paro

    Brioche Cafe

    The espresso is good at this little cafe but the real draw is the wonderful range of pastries, from the signature apple pie to blueberry cake and seasonal fruit tarts. Add a scoop of house-made masala chai ice cream. The owner is a pastry chef at the five-star Amankora, so knows exactly what she is doing.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Thimphu

    Brusnika Russian Cafe

    One of Thimphu's most welcoming cafes, Brusnika is run by a charming Russian-Bhutanese family and looks out over a small park towards Trashi Chho Dzong. It's a fine place to hole up with a book, and the menu runs to tasty pelmeni and blinis, wild thyme tea and delicious home-baked crusty bread.

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    Zone

    This expat favourite feels a bit like a small-town American diner, with a Bhutanese twist. The menu runs to burgers and fries, ice cream, ribs (including yak), pizza, momos, hot dogs, and fish and chips. The pub-style tables out front are great for having an evening Red Panda beer.

  • Restaurants in Thimphu

    Chuniding Food

    Chuniding has shelves piled high with organic and local produce, much of it neatly packaged and ready for travel. You'll find everything here from ema kam (dried red chillies) and buckwheat cookies to cordyceps and mistletoe tea, and preserved fruit, vegetables and mushrooms.

  • Restaurants in Thimphu

    Fu Lu Shou

    The most authentic Chinese restaurant in Thimphu, with a huge dining room heated by open fireplaces and a long menu of real Chinese dishes – clay pot pig trotters, double-boiled soup, beef with bitter gourd and the like. Meals come with a side order of snacks and nibbles.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Thimphu

    San MaRu

    A little slice of Seoul, transported to the centre of Thimphu, this wood-lined Korean restaurant serves excellent soups, stews and, for groups of two or more, delicious beef bulgogi, barbecued at the table, with all the expected banchan (side dishes).

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    Clove Bistro

    There's a pan-Asian flavour at this upmarket bistro serving dishes that draw influence from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. It's a calm, grown-up space for lunch or dinner, and the set meals with rice and side dishes are excellent value.