Café

Café Review: Brusnika

Location: A Russian café on the way to Ludrong Memorial Garden, Langjophakha, Thimphu.

Ambience: A very elegant setting. Overlooking the Tashichhoe Dzong, it provides a picturesque view of the park below. Despite the compact space, it’s arranged very well with simple yet complementing décor. The wide window is definitely the best part of the setting giving the place a warm, cozy vibe.

Cost: $$$$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

Main course

  • Greek, Italian and Russian items to choose from.
  • More meat than vegetarian options. Most of the vegetarian options were bread-related items. But, since we had gone for lunch, we didn’t want to have bread.
  • The vegetarian Moussaka (Greek eggplant lasagna) had a base of tomato paste, baked potato and eggplant topped with onions, cheese, and sliced tomatoes. It tasted like a margarita pizza but softer, creamier, with more tomatoes. Overall, a delicious choice especially for tomato lovers.
  • The Spaghetti Bolognese and veg spaghetti had the same sauce like the one used in the moussaka base. However, with minced beef and cheese topping, the Spaghetti Bolognese tasted much better than the veg spaghetti which only had the tomato sauce to spice it.
  • The paninis (veg/ chicken) with homemade pesto, cream cheese, and eggplant/ chicken inside a grilled wheat flour bread had lesser fillings than I’d have liked. Also, for the price, expected two pieces each but turns out it’s only one.
  • The green salad had chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce spiced with pepper and salt. There wasn’t much to it but it was a fresh taste and I liked it.

Beverages

  • Pretty standard in terms of options and the taste so not much to say on it.

Dessert

  • The cheesecake had an unexpected yet delicious twist to it with the use of traditional Bhutanese cottage cheese. Thoroughly enjoyed it despite the relatively high cost.
  • The apple pie had well-baked canned apple fillings that went well with the flaky crust. A little too sweet for my taste but was still good.

Service

  • A bit slow even though there weren’t any other customers at the time.

OVERALL RATING

On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being “wouldn’t go there again unless it was the last restaurant on earth” to 5 being “would eat there every day if I could”, would rate it a 3. Wouldn’t mind going there again, especially since it is a photo-worthy location. And would like to try the bread items once as well.

Disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with the restaurant and the opinions expressed above are based on our own experiences.

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