Main courses ¥15-¥35
On the southeast corner of the Barkhor circuit stands Lhasa's most enchanting eatery, Makye Ame, which can be translated as Holy Mother. This may be the first Tibetan chain restaurant -- they have two outlets in Beijing and another in Kunming. If it's chilly, take a seat on the second floor, with its comfy sofas and relaxing Tibetan folk music. On a sunny day, soak up the spectacle of the kora(circuit) from the third-floor balcony. There's a shiny new menu, but the trusted dishes are the same and include many excellent vegetarian choices; try the spinach-tofu ravioli smothered in tomato basil sauce, or the vegetable curry set with chapati.