My friend and I just came back from dinner at Metro Kathmandu today. Although I’ve had a lot of Indian food and some Tibetan food in the past, I’ve always been curious about Nepalese food and never had much opportunity to try it. I tried to pick some traditional Nepalese dishes with some advice from the staff. Below are the items we tried and my comments:
Mother’s Special Pickled Daikon – This was complementary. The pickled texture and the smell reminded me of the Japanese pickled daikon, but with interesting twist of mustard seed and turmeric.
Tomato Soup – The soup in texture was similar to the traditional American tomato soup, but the spices in it and the depth of flavor made it very unique. I would definitely have this soup again.
Chicken Momos – This reminded me so much of the steamed gyoza I used to have growing up in Japan. The skin is much thinner than the dim sum I have in SF. Garlic and ginger flavors were most prominent amongst other spices like curry. Very yummy!
Samosa – The outer skin was nice and thin with good crispy texture. Inside potato filling was well flavored and spiced. The oil used to fry it tasted fresh – it did not leave the heaviness behind. I loved the riata and tamarind sauce.
Lamb Kabab – Lamb was cooked perfectly with medium/medium rare inside. I enjoyed the paring with grilled peppers and fresh tomatoes.
Alu Tama – This was my favorite dish of the evening. It was made with potato, bamboo shoots and black eye peas in tomato and curry sauce. The crunchy texture of the bamboo shoots really made the dish. According to the restaurant this is a very traditional Nepalese dish. I can eat this every day, all day long.
Traditional Goat Curry – the goat was cooked to a point that was fall off the bone tender. The dish was very rich with lovely flavors.
Steamed White Basmati Rice – Cooked perfectly.
In summary, all the dishes we tried were excellent. The interior of the restaurant is very cute with red walls, circle mirror accents and retro lighting. The service was prompt. The restaurant was fairly empty, perhaps due to it being Sunday evening. I was a bit surprised how empty the restaurant was considering the great food we had. I’m definitely going back there again with more people (so I can try more things). With two cocktails and all the above food the total came to $77 plus tip.
311 Divisadero Street, San Francisco