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An Aromatic TibetanAffair at LHA Kitchen

Shakam Datsi

With restaurants providing a wonderful gastronomic experience, New Delhi, the national capital of India, has a thriving food scene. Particularly if you’re in South Delhi. I had a fairly lacklustre experience as a foodie when it came to exploring restaurants or various cuisines. There are a few restaurants here that serve various cuisines, however, the quantity is extremely small compared to other areas of Delhi.

My three childhood pals and I decided to go exploring yesterday. Oh, and a quick summary of them: One is currently residing and employed by Amazon USA. He arrived around Christmas of 2022. The second one resides solely in Delhi and works for one of the Big 4 firms, and the third is currently enrolled at Thapar University in Chandigarh to pursue an MBA in sustainability management. We all live in the same neighbourhood, and there are less than 500 metres between each of our homes.

Now let’s talk about our culinary adventure from yesterday. We visited Humayunpuri. In Safdarjung Enclave, it is a village. We were behind in realising that this location is currently popular due to its authentic cuisine, which includes Nepalese, Tibetan, North East, Korean, and Chinese.
The urbanised village is teeming with adorable tiny eateries and boutique clothing stores. It has a similar effect to Majnu ka Tila. The closest metro station is Green Park, and the village is close to Safdurjung Hospital.

We visited the LHA kitchen, a restaurant that serves delicious meals in a pleasant setting. Both lower seats and table chairs are options for foodies. Foodies must scan a QR code to access the menu. a practical way to conserve paper.

We started by ordering Pork Kothey Momo, a house speciality at LHA Kitchen. Along with vegetarian choices, they also offer various types of meat. A genuine Tibetan dish is called kothe momo. It was primarily pan-fried and steamed, and it was incredibly juicy. Any good momo that lacks the fat or juice within is a waste. Oh, and just to be clear, momo is a Tibetan dish, not a Chinese one. Chinese was always used. Even so, a lot of foodies categorise it as Chinese cuisine. Pork Kothey Momo was available for Rs. 290.

Then we had Shakam Datsi with beef. We enjoyed this one, which comes highly recommended, with Tingmo. You get to choose the meat for your thick cheese sauce dish called shakam datsi. We chose the pork option. This was sold for Rs. 330.
We then placed an order for pork ribs and chicken drumsticks. Pork ribs are highly advised if you’re in a restaurant that serves North East cuisine. Although a tad hot, chicken drumsticks were extremely delicious. The number of pork ribs was enough to satisfy four foodies. The true draw is pork fat, which we avoided. Chicken drumsticks cost Rs. 290, and pork ribs cost Rs. 360.

Overall, we were satisfied with the food, the total bill and the ambience.

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