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New in Ditmas Park -- Top Cafe Tibet

Westminstress | Jul 18, 200807:05 AM     11

Top Cafe Tibet opened just a few weeks ago and is well worth checking out. I've never had Tibetan food before, so I can't comment on the authenticity, but somebody is cooking up some love in the kitchen. The owners also run a deli next door, and apparently they were serving tibetan dumplings (momos) out of the deli, and the momos became so popular that they decided to open a restaurant!

So far, we haven't had anything bad, but here are some recommended items:

Momos -- Tibetan steamed dumplings. Beef, chicken, and veggie varieties are all good. The beef and chicken dumplings are VERY juicy. The veggie dumplings have a nice mix of fresh veggies and have needed a touch of salt on both of our visits. They will give you a combo plate if you ask, and they come with a creamy, tomatoey sauce spiked with cumin.

Tripe -- That's right, folks. If you like tripe, order it here! It's a perfect firm and springy texture, and it's nice and spicy.

You Choi -- Chinese green vegetable stir-fried with garlic and chilies.

Channa Katsa (spicy chickpeas) and Aloo Katsa (spicy potatoes) -- both very good. They do not taste the same, despite similarities in name.

We've also enjoyed chili pork, mango lassi, a couple of other things.

To sop up the sauce, you can order tingmo - tibetan steamed bread. The bread is very dense and chewy, served warm.

In general, the flavors are like an Indian-Chinese combo, with a twist. This is a really sweet little independent, family run business, with a very nice staff. We've been twice since it opened, and we'll definitely be back for more. You can find the restaurant on Cortelyou road, right next door to the Q station.

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