Bhutan Orchid offers a variety of authentic Bhutanese food, served strictly buffet style, in set menus priced at Nu 390 (around USD 6). Lunch and dinner are made fresh every day, the food is simple and natural with no extra flavoring, and the chili spiciness is toned down for foreign palates. Diners are welcome to return to the buffet for more, so it's essentially all you can eat.
The restaurant is a short walk east of the main traffic circle, occupying the entire fourth floor of a walk-up that has sweeping views over the National Stadium. It's an open space of varnished pinewood tables and long cushioned wooden benches, with capacity for 60 diners. Reservations are required for tour groups (your guide will need to call at least an hour ahead).
All the local favorites are represented in the buffets, including ema datshi, kewa datshi, momos, and potato crisps. They also mix in regional specialties like buckwheat momos filled with spinach and cheese from Haa district. Also available are soups, salads, fried cabbage, plenty of red rice from Paro district, and Indian dishes like batura, roti, daal, aloo gobi, and masalas. For vegetarians, the staff can provide supplemental meat-free dishes.
During the dinner service, Bhutan Orchid welcomes guests with a special ara (rice wine) homemade in Bumthang district. Served in small wooden bowls, this ara smells lightly of sandalwood and is sure to be among the best you sample in the country.
Open every day. Lunch is served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.