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New Nepali/Tibetan/Indian restaurant well worth a visit

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New Nepali/Tibetan/Indian restaurant well worth a visit

Rowdy | Oct 12, 2010 10:07 PM

We've now made our third visit to Gorkha Palace, which opened a few weeks ago. I'm sure we'll be going back many more times.

The cuisine is primarily Nepali. The owners, I was told, are Nepali. While the menu items have some of the same names that we all see on Indian menus, the food is quite different.

For one thing, the food is made with all fresh ingredients, mostly locally sourced. Spices are ground fresh and items are prepared to order. The seasoning is complex and intriguing. And the food is beautiful to look at.

For those who despair of finding food hot enough for you, this may be the place. The dish that my Ethiopian brother-in-law ordered Sunday night was almost too hot for him, and he likes his food hot! The medium is well within my tolerance, and the mild was palatable to my 95 year old mother.

Because we're vegetarians, we've not tried the meat items, but other family members reported they were delicious. We've had Aaloo katahar (which introduced me to jackfruit--much like artichoke hearts), biryani, kwati, veggie momos, and palak paneer, which is not to be missed. It is totally unlike other palak paneer I've had, and it is to die for!

They have a large vegan selection which is most welcome.

Service is prompt, knowledgeable, and gracious. They've done a wonderful job creating a modest but very pleasant ambience with beautiful colors, lots of wood, paintings, and a fireplace.

So far we've found nothing not to like, including their philosophy and environmental practices. There's a large parking lot which is easily accessible. http://www.gorkhapalace.com

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