Weds - Fri 5-9.30pm 🍴  Sat / Sun 12-3pm / 5-9.30pm

Visas, a Break-In and Chicken

This week we are dealing with break-ins and the Chinese government. Oh, and has anyone ever tried planning a family trip to Tibet during term time with five days to spare?

We’ve been waiting more than six months for visas to Tibet to come through, and yesterday, just as we had written off the possibility of a visit to relatives before events season begins in mid-May, we heard that they have been informally approved.

Informally approved means that we should start looking at flights, but that we shouldn’t book anything until we have the red stamp. So we spent Monday trying to work out a possible but still unconfirmed trip that will happen in days, unless it doesn’t.

Meanwhile, overnight, the restaurant suffered its first break-in, so we’re losing most of today to a clean-up operation and phonecalls to 101.

Lucky we’re well versed in the concept of karma, though this probably doesn’t look like what you imagine. Karma isn’t about revenge being wreaked all in good time. It’s about understanding the role that we’ve played in creating a situation – consciously or unconsciously – and accepting it without blame.

When we suffer thefts – and sadly this is not the first time – Yeshi always takes the view that the other person clearly needed it more than we do. In the case of today’s break-in, we were surprised to find that 12kg fresh chicken was amongst items stolen from the shop, but apparently there’s a thriving black market in stolen meat and other expensive foodstuffs during our cost of living crisis.

As for the visas, they’ll come through and we’ll shut the restaurant and go and visit family under less than exciting circumstances, or we’ll stay put and continue to feed the fine people of Oxford. Either way, come and see us this week in case it’s our last for a while. The freezers are full and our hot food menu is sure to provide us all with some comfort.

We’ll keep you up to date with our movements over on our social media – make sure you follow us on InstagramFacebook or X for the latest instalments.

Whatever happens, a heads up that the restaurant will shut for the summer on May 19th. We have some big festivals this year (more on that later) and momo-making has to happen in between times, so many apologies in advance for a long period of closure.

In short, visit us soon. It’s been a quiet few weeks for business and we’d like to go out with a bang.

We’re open all the usual hours this week, as follows:

Wednesday – Friday: 5-9.30pm (dinner only)
Saturday and Sunday: 12-3 (lunch) / 5-9.30pm (dinner)

Our menu is on the website now. You can dine with us, take away, or order home delivery through Deliveroo.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Julie and Yeshi

Opening hours this week:
Weds – Fri: 5-9.30pm
Sat / Sun: 12-3pm 🥢 5-9.30pm
☏ 01865 499318

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