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Yak and Yeti, organic Nepali in Berkeley


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Yak and Yeti, organic Nepali in Berkeley

Joel | | Jun 6, 2007 09:49 PM

… has replaced Locando Olmo, on College just south of Ashby. It's been open about a week and we experienced some service glitches. They forgot to serve two of our dishes (we eventually got them). They gave a ten per cent discount on the bill, for opening week diners.
I was impressed. The food was very high quality. The menu is extensive.

Four of us shared the following:

Small bowls of delicious "Kwati soup (mixed beans)" and a Himalayan salad -- all complimentary. The soup was flavorful, well-seasoned, and hearty.

We ordered #4 appetizer "Lamb Sekuwa" ($7.95) which is also available as a main dish. Tender, succulent chunks of juicy grilled lamb, coated with a subtle spice mixture.
We had a whole-wheat roti ($2.95) which was crisp. It had a sheen of oil -- but it turned out that the "oil" was butter. We saw other kinds of rotis go by that looked more fluffy in style.
Vegetable momos ($8.95) were spicy, rich, peppery. The thick, chewy wrapper will not appeal to all, but it is typical in this cuisine -- I like it.

Chicken saag ($11.95) was unlike any Indian version I've had. It was made with bok choy, not spinach, and the bok choy was in whole pieces, not ground up. The chicken was very juicy and tender; not too spicy.
Allo Bhanta, #4 on the Vegetable menu, $10.95 (potatoes and eggplant) was excellent. The sauce was redolent of cardamom. Neither of these two dishes had the overly greasy flaw of some Indian restaurant food.

Finally we had Vegetable Thupka, listed as a "Tibetan Stew" ($9.95). This is a noodle soup, so it was hard to share. The udon-style noodles were in a tasty cinnamon-scented broth, but the real stars were the vegetables, all of which were cooked to crisp perfection: mushrooms, bok choy, snow peas, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, even a piece of fried paneer (cheese).

No corkage fee. They have a very brief wine list.
Total bill before tip (for four) was about $52 (after the 10% discount).

Yak and Yeti
2985 College Avenue (just south of Ashby)

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