This past week, Fiona, Jen and I ventured out into some pretty yucky weather to Tashi Delek, located in Brookline Village. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but I found that Tibetan food had a striking resemblance to Chinese food, which is something I didn't expect. Instead, I was anticipating new flavors and tastes that I haven't experienced before and, although I was a little disappointed that this wasn't the case, I still found the food to be delicious and rather tasty.
Because we were all excited to try something new (none of us had eaten Tibetan food before) we ordering an array of appetizers and a soup each. I started with an order of their Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup. It was very good. Hot and rich with bright and buttery yellow corn kernels and shreds of fresh chicken floating in a thick and flavorful corn soup and garnished with some fresh sliced green onions.
|Chicken Sweet Corn Soup, Tashi Delek|
For our main course, as I mentioned, we all split some appetizers. Since Tibet is famous for their version of dumplings, we got two orders of the appetizer portion that included 4 dumplings each; seasoned beef in a steamed dumpling and seasoned chicken that was in a fried dumpling. The beef dumpling was very good with well seasoned beef huddled into the center of a soft, bun-shaped dumpling. The chicken dumpling was half-moon shaped and made with very fresh and again, well seasoned meat and then coated in a crispy outer shell. Both dumplings were served with a small side of chunky sauce that resembled a basic tomato salsa.
|Steamed Beef Dumpling|
|Fried Chicken Dumpling|
In addition to the dumplings, we ordered the Spring Rolls as well as the Mixed Vegetable Fritters. The spring rolls were your average Chinese-style spring roll, only very fresh and stuffed with cabbage and slivers of carrots rolled into a flaky crust and then fried until gold brown. A sticky-sweet plum sauce was draped across the spring rolls. The sauce itself was sweet and had a strong but fresh mint flavor to it.
The mixed vegetable fritters were interesting and I do mean that in a good way. Bearing a striking resemblance to Medusa, a wide variety of vegetable were fried and scrawled out across the plate. The vegetables were very wide ranging (broccoli was a prominent player in these, something I didn't expect) and again, the fritters were coated in the minty plum sauce.
|Mixed Vegetable Fritters|
Overall, I wasn't bowled over with excitement mainly because my own anticipation had been so high for a taste of something different but on the same note, the quality of each dish was exceptional and the food very fresh and tasty. The staff was extremely friendly and we were not rushed at all. The atmosphere is what I would anticipate it to be, decorated with traditional Tibetan artifacts and the part that was the most hard to miss was the massive Dali Lama that was plastered to the front of the restaurant and hung alter style, surrounded by candles.
|Can you spot the Dali Lama?|
I would certainly go back here. Not only was the food very tasty, it was so very reasonably priced. After the food and a bottle of Cabernet, we each walked out of there a mere $25 lighter. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some good fresh Asian food, just don't go in expecting wild and crazy Tibetan food.