Utse Restaurant

Tibetan in Kathmandu

In the hotel of the same name, this is one of the longest-running restaurants in Thamel (since 1971!) and still turns out excellent Tibetan dishes, including authentic butter tea, tongba (hot millet beer) and hard-to-find Tibetan desserts such as dhay-shi (sweet rice, curd and raisins). The mellow, old-school decor feels lifted straight from an old Lhasa backstreet.

For a group blowout, try the gyakok, a type of hotpot named after the brass tureen that is heated at the table (Rs 1250 for two). The set meals (Rs 375 to Rs 485) are also a worthy extravagance. If you like the food, you can buy its Tibetan cookbook.