Tibet Kitchen's pan-Asian dishes hit the same note

Tibetan dishes shine over rest of the menu

Alma Guzman

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Tibet Kitchen

1833 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Restaurant > Pan-Asian

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

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Appetizers $3-$7; entrees $8-$13

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Though Tibet Kitchen is a totally serviceable pan-Asian restaurant, if in need of a little sprucing up, it's "pan-Asian" not by offering traditional dishes that truly represent different regions of the continent, but rather by affixing the words Thai, Chinese, Indian, or Vietnamese to a rice, noodle, or curry dish that really could be called almost anything else and smell just as sweet, as it were. So while the dishes at Tibet Kitchen all managed to deliver notes of heat, garlic, and a little umami in their generously portioned dishes, they tended to hit the same note. Tibet Kitchen may not be a place you're going to put on a bucket list, but if you find yourself hungry (or in need of a cheap, stiff cocktail) somewhere between Eat Street and Loring Park, the wafting incense, free butter tea, and promise of shiny-skinned momo with spicy and cool slaw should draw you right to Tibet Kitchen. To each their own Romeo, right?

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kitchens kent
kitchens kent

It really an excellent post. It not only make me realize the charmity of words and pictures but also help me to learn a lot. Thank you very much! Looking forward to see more outstanding masterpiece from you in the future. Best wishes.

Sharon Elizabeth
Sharon Elizabeth

I'm from Jersey and have worked in restaurants in NJ and NY for several years.Living in the Twin Cities for over a decade,I notice the bias when it comes to "different" foods.This critic has no clue and insulted Tibet Kitchen with her lack of knowledge of why they serve the various styles of food.I have eaten at Tibet Kitchen,since it was Gangchen,new owner-same chefs.They have no idea what is Pan Asian is.To call the food "strange" is an insult.Go on any given night and you will see Tibetan families eating the Momo,Shapta and the Curries that the chefs grew up eating in India and Tibet.

Shay TaanLah
Shay TaanLah

Timomo and shapta's are the best... Momos are awesome too...

BBQ restaurants
BBQ restaurants

Lots of different varieties available in the Tibet kitchens's pan-Asian,This is the best restaurant with the high quality of food.This restaurant is both veg and non-veg.

Johnny Woodside
Johnny Woodside

i have to admit, i'm a sucker for their vietnamese curry (sans pineapple and kick up the heat), the momos are truly hard to resist, and i can really get down on the oyster wings.

Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson

As a regular customer of tibet kitchen i must say you missed the mark The food here is excellent and by far surpasses almost all the other eat street restaurantsand at half the pricePlus the staff and the owners are so passionate and dedicated to this place you cant help but go back over and over

Guest
Guest

It sounds pretty much the same as Gangchen (which I loved). Is the ownership the same? Did they just change the name?

Tom
Tom

Its my favorite neighborhood joint. They give a variety that is not expected an still do an above par and below budget product. I have not tried the new Tibetan items but I look forward it as I have never been disappointed in their food.

 
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