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Mount Everest, Berkeley

David Boyk | Jul 15, 2005 06:58 PM

This is a Nepali/North Indian place that just opened up today on Shattuck Sq. and University, in the cursed former location of UC Pizza and Pasta, previously Curry In Hurry, formerly Burger King. I'm not familiar with Nepali food specifically, but from everything I've read, I think it's supposed to be fairly similar to North Indian food. Certainly, the "Nepali specialty" that I ordered - the lamb lunch special - was basically just a good, delicate lamb curry, not very different from the Delhi specialty bhuna gosht, and I think it was even called "Bhona Ko Gosht." So it probably really is a Nepali specialty, but that doesn't mean it's un-Indian. My friend's chicken leg lunch special, like mine, cost $5.99, came with a big thali full of nice rice; mild, runny green chutney; good yellow dal (and I don't usually like dal); and a naan, plus infinite chai. In addition to being a very flavorful chunk of poultry, it was about 16" long - I'd hate to fight the chicken it came from.

The place was empty, and the staff were very nice. I only looked at the lunch special menu, not the regular menu, but I saw someone making samosas, and the rest of the menu seemed fairly standard Indian - chicken tikka masala, which isn't actually from India, but reassuring to see on a menu, anyway. Several things were marked as Nepalese specialties, and perhaps they were more distinct from Indian standards than what I had. It hardly matters, though - the food was good and cheap, and with the collapse of Naan 'n' Curry, it's nice to have a reliable North Indian place near campus. I think that the main guy is Nepalese, and probably other people too, but I also heard people in the back speaking Hindi, so probably some of the staff are actually from India.

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