If ever you crave for steamed momos, T Selha-Anze on Langford Road is the place to head to. Eight portions of these Tibetan melt-in-the-mouth dumplings have you smitten at first bite and you never seem to have enough.

Indeed, a favourite haunt among college students, this cosy place, as inexpensive as your canteen, is never in want of customers.

Always buzzing with friendly banter, T Selha-Anze has a special energy about it.

That they are short-staffed is very efficiently made up for by their unique waiting style. Rather than someone waiting over you, you jot down your order on a notepad they hand over.

“This way, there is no confusion about what the customers ordered or how much they ordered,” explains Dickey Chonzom, the owner of T Selha-Anze. “Even while collecting the bill, customers recognise their own handwriting so it is a lot easier.”

What's in the name?

Named after Ms. Chonzom's grandparents, she believes the restaurant is one way she can stay attached to her native Tibet, although she has never been there. The food too is prepared by Chonzom men.

Devoid of any additional flavouring as is Tibetan tradition, most dishes such as the vegetarian thonthuk (flat noodle soup) and thukpa (thick soup with noodles) are gentle on the palate yet indulgently flavourful.

Chinese twist

For a pinch of Chinese seasoning in your food, there's the special Chinese salad with a generous sprinkling of spice.

The Shanghai fried rice that couples rice and noodles, served for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, is quite a treat.

That apart, they also serve the customary chicken and vegetable Manchurian as appetizer.

At an average of Rs. 250 for two, this is one place where you can eat to your heart's content while getting more than your money's worth.

Keywords: Chinese cuisine


Paper PlateJanuary 13, 2011