Jogibara Road, McLeod Ganj, India
Gakyi Restaurant McLeod Ganj Reviews
Great place to meet other travelers with cheap, good food Nov 04, 2009
It doesn’t come any easier than Gakyi. The place is neat and clean, the owner is a feisty Tibetan woman who’s personality and comments make for entertainment and the food...it’s just good. The menu consists of Tibetan, Indian, Chinese and Continental food. It’s best to stick to the Tibetan and Chinese fare as this is what they know best.
My favorite breakfast is a plate of the Tibetan brown bread with butter, honey and jam. For Rs 35 it’s a steal. You can find several types of tea and other tasty drinks for reasonable prices and the muesli is tops here. It may be Rs 60 for the special muesli but you get a huge bowl of goodness topped with honey. Skip the chai here as well, can find it cheaper and better on the street. The interior is a no frills place with wood tables, wood benches and a few chairs. Food comes out as it is ready.
Get here early in order to find a seat. This place is busy most parts of the day except for the very off times in-between meals. Part of the fun in eating here is grabbing an empty seat at a table with strangers and getting to know them. You won’t find locals here, everyone is a tourist. Most of the diners are happy to talk and share their stories, very rarely do you find a quiet soul. This past trip I met a middle aged Brazilian woman who had just given up her job at a large TV network, sold her car and gave up her apartment to move to India for 5 months. She had been there for a month so far.
Another gal I met was an Indian girl, 26 yo from Holland who had been adopted from Bombay at a young age and was just returning to India for the first time. She was on a 3 month trek around the country.
Gakyi is well known among the tourists. Stop in to get ideas for side trips, places to stay, other places to eat, what to avoid in town, and of course good cheap food.
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Let's just say this isn't our favorite restaurant...... Aug 06, 2008
Well, it was H.H. Dalai Lama's birthday when we visited this restaurant. Translation? Everything else was closed so we went here.
Needless to say, we weren't impressed. I ordered the chow mein and Larry had some momos. He almost couldn't even eat his and I tried to finish mine but it just wasn't doing it for me.
This place was packed, which stumped us. Did we order the wrong food? Or, are people just flocking here because there is nowhere else to eat? What are we doing wrong? Well...we never found out the answers because we never went back. In fact, we paid for our food and left...heading down to Taste of India (why did we ever stray?)
So, we wouldn't recommend it from our experience, but like I said, it was packed, hmmm........
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