Mezze

Mezze serves Italian, Chinese, and Thai dishes at their central location just down from the main traffic circle, opposite Tara Inn. Their service is courteous, prices and portions are reasonable, and it's likely your best bet in Thimphu for Italian and Chinese food.

As the name suggests, Mezze's Italian menu is their most extensive, with soups, starters, and main courses that range from tenderloin medallion and chicken a la mezze to penne aioli and lasagne Bolognaise. Their Chinese cuisine includes spinach dragon soup, classic crispy chicken with mayo (a customer favorite), Szechwan rice, and chili garlic noodles. Mezze also offers a few Bhutanese favorites like ema datsi and momos. Thai soups, starters, and main courses (like coconut milk with mushrooms and pad Thai) round out the menu. Deserts favor ice creams like the popular “Death by Chocolate.” Business lunch specials run around 300 Ngultrum.

Mezze's bar has a large variety of cocktails that foreigners will recognize (Long Island iced tea, Sex on the Beach, mojitos), non-alcoholic mocktails, and a fine selection of liquors and liqueurs that can be hard to find in Thimphu: Cointreau, Drambuie, Stolichnaya, Baileys, and Kahlua, among others. Enjoy a drink on their patio out front where you can watch Thimphupas pass by on their way elsewhere.

Mezze is open 10:30 am to 9:00 pm but won't close until customers are ready to leave, as per the local custom. Closed Thursdays.