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The first Tibetan restaurant in the East Bay, Café Tibet can easily be missed if driving too fast on University Avenue. However, once inside, patrons can’t miss the traditional temple music, prayer flags, and large portrait of the Dalai Lama. Dishes are made with only fresh ingredients and served à la carte. Some of the café’s juiciest choices are the momos (steamed dumplings served with a choice of beef, spinach, tofu, or mushrooms). The sha-tak (sliced beef sautéed with tomato, scallions, and parsley) is served with basmati rice, while the ngoe thuk (pan-fried noodles with beef, chicken, or tofu and vegetables) is nicely complemented by steamed tingmo bread, mildly seasoned with fresh garlic. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily.
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