🥟🍲Paris is known for its classic brasseries and bistros, where you can tuck into a steaming pot-au-feu, an entrecôte avec des frites - or something more creative like scallops with sweet potatoes and chorizo if you’ve caught on to the bistronomie trend (but read @lostncheeseland
’s wonderful book The New Paris for more on that). But we’ll contend that the real cachet, the beauty of the Parisian culinary scene is something else entirely - something more like the idiosyncratic experience of eating thenthuk, momos and jasha in the cozy Tenzin Tibétaine, a small restaurant hidden in the exquisite and luminous Passage des Panoramas.
After perusing the menu (with help from the kind owner of the restaurant), our group ordered a mixture of momos (Tibetan dumplings), thenthuk (a soup with hand-made noodles, beef and vegetables), and various menus that included dishes like shabak pep (a sort of calzone with a braided seam, stuffed with meat or vegetables), jasha terma maypo (fried chicken with a spicy red bean sauce - highly recommended by one of our guests), and Tibetan steamed buns (pictured here as a part of a menu). The dishes themselves were all on the lighter side in their intensity of flavor, ingredients, and cooking style (you’ll find many soups as well as different vegetarian options on the menu), reminding us of healthy, home-cooked family gatherings. The restaurant and staff also fostered this cocoon-like intimacy, with its intimate atmosphere (there were only a few other diners in the small room) and warm service. Not surprisingly, the prices were modest.
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds on the Grands Boulevards (read: uncover a quiet, unostentatious beauty in the midst of transnational American chains), think about venturing into Tenzin Tibétaine for a light yet satisfying meal. Ideal for an intimate tête à tête (one on one) or low-key group, this restaurant made us fall in love with le hasard de la rencontre - of new friends, cuisines, and undiscovered corners in a vast city - all over again ✨💓
👯ChopChick Rating: 🍜🍜🍜.5