It was a blessing in disguise that Merlin’s was so awful, because our restaurant savvy friends, Nicole and Eric saved the evening by suggesting the Himalayan. Had it not been for Nic and Eric’s restaurant knowledge, we perhaps never would have discovered this gem of a place.
The Himalayan is delicious, flavorful and very satisfying. It is a delight in every aspect. The Himalayan is housed in a lovely, diminutive yet comfortable space. The menu has more vegetarian choices than not, and the owners know how to keep their customers coming back.
For appetizers we ordered the flaky Samosas stuffed with potatoes and peas and an order of the Kathmandu Momo. These are steamed dumplings served like little tied bags of gold. Both were fabulous although I preferred the Momo. They could be a meal in and of themselves.
We ordered four Takari – vegetarian entrees to share for dinner. We had the Aaloo Cauli, a stew of potatoes, cauliflower and peas in a mild sauce, the Palak Paneer, which is spinach with paneer cheese, Kruilo Aaloo, asparagus and potato, and Aaloo Dam, another potato stew with Nepalese spices. These delicious stews were sopped up with garlic nan – a puffy flat bread. All were delicious and very flavorful. If you like spice, you can request more heat added to the dishes. We went with mild in all four entrees, but next time I go, I’ll have them crank up the heat a bit.
For beverages, Eric recommended the Mango Lassi, but I prefer a little wine with dinner. Yes, they have a liquor license with a good wine selection, but limited beer listing. Outside the United States, Budweiser is considered to be liquid gold, but here it is low calibre. I would bet sales would increase at the Himalayan if they served Surly or any of the other local micro brewed favorites. However, their limited beer selection would never prevent a return visit! I highly recommend this restaurant, and will be back!