Good Karma at Karma’s Cafe

Some things in life are forever, familiar comfort, like the way I feel when I enter Karma’s Cafe in Peterborough. I know I can be assured of a fabulous meal and time with friends in a beautiful space. I have long been a fan of Karma Phuntshok’s dishes, a hip fusion of Southeast Asian, Tibetan and Malaysian cuisine.

In 2007 Karma’s Cafe was part of the popular HGTV series “Restaurant Makeover”, and even chef Lynn Crawford was impressed with his skills and had little to add to his menu. This guy is truly a culinary artist who is serious about his food.

I would normally order the Pad Thai, as I have found nothing comparable here in Ottawa (or anywhere else for that matter) and I was craving it. I ended up opting for the Thai Basil Noodles, tender rice noodles with fresh vegetables, Thai basil, onion, cilantro. A mild, fragrant noodle dish, the basil was present but not overwhelming, lovely baby bok choy and perfect seasonings left me with a smile on my face. My table mates both selected the Noodles with Lime Leaf a kick of a dish with a mix of thick hokkien noodles, fresh vegetables, coconut milk, lime leaves, red curry & herbs. Our beverage of choice was Singha beer, a nice refreshing lager that complimented the dishes perfectly.

Karma also serves up some fabulous apps and his ever popular, Karma’s Platter or Tibetan Momos (ground rib eye steak, white onions, cilantro & green onions) are always a crowd pleaser.

Listed in Anne Hardy’s “Where to Eat in Canada” in 2007, 2008 and 2009, this reasonably priced, exotic journey is a must stop when travelling through this small city or during your cottage visit to the Kawartha’s.

Karma’s Cafe is located at 217 Hunter Street West in Peterborough, Ontario. It is situated in the center of Peterborough’s cafe district, in the heart of it’s downtown core.


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