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As owner and cook of Melbourne’s very first Tibetan restaurant, Dorje Wolokh is the best person to ask hospitality advice of in this area. Having first run a successful restaurant in his home town of Dharamsala, he opened up another venture17 years ago in East St Kilda. He later opened his third restaurant on Smith Street in Collingwood where it became so popular that when it moved to where it currently sits on High Street in Northcote, many regulars hopped on the number 86 tram along with him. Today, Dorje says, at least half of his customers are regulars. It’s a testament to the excellent food, relaxed atmosphere and generous portions to be found here. Wild Yak has a comfortable and authentic feel, featuring art from a Tibetan artist in NSW, and colourful lanterns that brighten the simple furnishings.
New to Tibetan food? Same here, but not to worry, staff will happily guide you through the menu. Shared meals are a popular option and Wild Yak is especially good for large groups and functions. For newcomers to the Tibetan scene, Dorje recommends a banquet of several smaller dishes, available for four or more people and ranging in price from $19-$25 per person. Most popular on the menu are the Momo- beef dumplings made with ground beef, herbs and spices, wrapped in a parcel of handmade dough and steamed and served with a hot sauce. Another one to try is the Tofu Tsel- soy bean curd and fresh vegetables cooked with tomatoes, ginger and garlic. There is a great choice of vegetarian dishes and takeaway is also available.