Café Review: Selsi’s café

Location: 1st floor of Hotel Thimphu Towers, Clock Tower

Ambiance: A big space with a good view of the Clock Tower square. It’s the restaurant of the hotel converted to a café due to the pandemic. Maybe that’s why the place has a bit of a confused aesthetic. It’s a good space but the decor could be improved a lot.

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

Main course

  • More snack options. But on select days, they also serve lunch set menus. I’ve tried two of those and they weren’t bad but didn’t really feel like it was worth the price.
  • The korean chicken looks better than it tastes. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything special.
  • The fried rice (veg and egg) had a nice, mild buttery taste and I loved it. The portions, however, were quite less so we had to order again a couple of times.
  • The loaded nachos (veg) was my personal favorite. There wasn’t too much in the toppings: diced onions, chilies, tomatoes, shredded cheese and a sauce (not sure what it was) but the combination was delicious. The crispy chili potato was also quite good.
  • The aloo paratha was kinda ordinary; not worth the price. I’ve had much better ones in cheaper places.
  • The vegetable platter had Turkish bread, paneer chili, ema datsi, salad and 2 pieces of hoentay (traditional buckwheat dumpling). Everything except for the bread, which had a bit too much yeasty taste, was good.
  • The chicken fajita was definitely the worst out of our order. Basically two small chicken rolls but not even good ones.


  • The latte was nice but I think its hard to ruin something as simple as that.
  • The mango smoothie, on the other hand, was too mild. There wasn’t even much of a mango taste so I wasn’t a fan of it.


Relatively fast despite the lunch-hour rush


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”, I would rate it a 3. Wouldn’t mind going back for the snacks but I don’t see it happening too often.

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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