We had taken a shortcut to the Buddha Park in Ravangla, via the steps which lead up the hill to the Buddhist Monastery and then a path through the monastery grounds to the Buddha Park.After a great and very peaceful halt at the Buddha Park, we decided to take the longer route back to the town using the road. Just a few hundred metres from the Buddha Park we came across this very quaint, pleasant and well maintained restaurant named 'tathagata kitchen' - a sikkimese restaurant.
We had not heard of it earlier, but it looked very inviting especially since it was already 2.00pm and we were quite hungry after our long walk.
Frankly, it was one of the best restaurants we have visited during our stay in Sikkim and North Bengal. Run by Mr Rinzing Bhutia, it offers a very limited, but tasteful fare. The best part is that all the ingredients are fresh and nothing is served from a pre-prepared or pre-cooked fare. Result- one has to wait for a while since the vegetables are to be chopped and then cooked. But believe me, the time one gets to soak in the atmosphere of the place, maybe enjoy a drink or two and finally the hot and freshly prepared meal; everything is worth the wait.
Rinzing runs the restaurant as a love affair. A talk with this enterprising individual was revealing- he has studied in a military school, then went on to try his hand at various things before opening this restaurant over a year ago. His family helps in the running of the place. We were served by his lovely daughter - she was on a break from School, while the cooking was undertaken personally by Rinzing and his wife.
Both my wife and me had one of our best meals during our trip to Sikkim and North Bengal in this restaurant.
Be prepared to wait a while for the food to be served. Its worth it.
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