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La-Shangrila in JH - Tibetan/Bengali (was Grameen)

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La-Shangrila in JH - Tibetan/Bengali (was Grameen)

Amanda | Apr 30, 2005 11:49 AM

La-Shangrila, 75-18 37th Ave in Jackson Heights (used to be Grameen)

We ate there last night and enjoyed it. they have a combination of Bengali, Tibetan, Nepal and "Desi chinese." It's not fusion though because there seemed to be both Bangladeshi and Tibetan cooks (server was Bangladeshi and I saw a Tibetan man and woman and a Bangladeshi man come out of kitchen). Service was pretty good and it was cheap -- $21 for two entrees, one appetizer and two sodas.

We ordered both Bengali and Tibetan food. there were customers who appeared to be from Bangladesh and also Tibet/Nepal. Tibetan: ordered beef momo and tingmo. they didn't have tingmo. beef momo was different than Tibetan Yak (haven't been to Himalayan Yak) the wrapper was like a wonton type of noodle and they were served in a bamboo steamer basket. We also ordered hot garlic shrimp and it was in spicy red-colored sauce, with delicious basmati rice. Since they didn't have the momo, we got muglai paratha -- it's a Bengali appetizer that smelled sort of like cinnamon, but contained meat, egg and spices, between two layers of fried dough. The bangladeshi food was pretty spicy when we first tasted it, but the heat kind of dissipated and we really enjoyed our meal.

They have paper menus you can take and a glossy color post card by door. Food is Halal. some people picked up orders but they don't deliver. by 8 pm, 2/3 of tables were full. they don't have a buffet. they have lunch specials. Service was good once the waitress came out of kitchen. we were there a few minutes before we saw anyone who worked there, but then she was very attentive and she could describe the dishes we weren't familiar with on the menu. The decor is sort of chinese meets southeast asian, meets polynesian. on the left side, there are some lanterns above tables that were wired to be electric but look kind of scary becasue there are loose electrical wires hanging, just below this straw type of "awning." I wouldn't sit on the left side.

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