Where to dine in Bumthang
Most of the good restaurants and cafes in Bumthang center around Jakar.
Main street Jakar, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: 177329217
This is one of the best cafes in Bhutan and serves exceptionally good milk shakes, smoothies and sundaes. The coffee machines are all Italian style and the pizza and pasta options are also impressive. It is quite heartening to see the umpteen pure vegetarian options in the menu as Bhutan’s palette is generally not very friendly towards non-meat eaters.
The prices are a little on the higher side but you will get comfort food like masala chai and French fries and banana pancakes and authentic brownies. A good place to go to when you are bored with Bhutanese food.
Southern end of Jakar
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 17725819
In case you are craving for some tasty yet localised Pizza then you can visit the Himalayan Pizza shop. It produces nice cheese and tomato pizza along with delicious varieties of moos that are served with an exotic carrot-chilli-tomato shop. The menu selection is like the Himalayan Pizza shop in Paro.
You can ask the couple running the pizza shop to add whatever vegetables you want to the pizza. For the health, conscious tourists, there are healthy options like carrot and spinach soup.
Meal for two is around 700 NU.
Near Jakar Lhakhang
9 a.m. - 9.30 p.m. Phone: 17624149
Another reasonable pizza place in Jakar and this one is right near the Lhakhang so you can hop in here right after your visit. You can find exotic Bhutanese beef and mushroom pizza here and red chili flake supply is plentiful. Pizzas are available in three sized and the range is between 220 NU to 350 NU
Jakar Main Road
8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Phone: 17254212
There are so many small restaurant and bars along Jakar’s main market road and this shines the brightest. The chef here used to work at Amankora and the food is very delicious. Go for the chilly chicken and rice or the beef momos as they are the most popular items.
Meal for two will cost around 400 NU
Panda Beer Garden
Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang
This small and unique restaurant lives up to its name “Beer Garden” as it serves an unlimited supply of unfiltered Weiss beer. Apart from that you will get set Bhutanese meals 450 NU) and amazingly authentic fondue (NU 700). You must call the owner to make an appointment and specify the group size if you wish to have meals there.
Main street Jakar
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sonar Yangkhel is the perfect place to go to if you are dying for an authentic taste of Bhutan’s cuisine. They use lots of organically sourced vegetables and naturally prepared sauces and so the food is filled with flavor. This restaurant focuses mostly on vegetarian and eggetarian options and you will find interesting dishes like fried cauliflower, steamed greens in garlicky dressing, sour carrots in sweet ginger sauce and aubergines dipped in egg. Gluten free food is available and there is a good supply of apple cider and red panda beer.
Noryang Restaurant and Bar
Opposite the wangdicholing Palace and near Bhutanese Internal Revenue Service Office
Phone: 975 17 62 72 95
Another great place in Bumthang to have locally grown and freshly cooked food, this one serves Italian and Tibetan food too apart from Bhutanese and Chinese. The momos and the emma datsi along with the pork based dishes come highly recommended.