There’s excellent Nepalese and Indian food at Namaste Café of Petaluma (not to be confused with the one in Milpitas). The chef uses the freshest of ingredients and presents the food like the culinary school graduate that he is. drmimi loves the lunch buffet. Best stuff: Nepali momocha (steamed dumplings stuffed with minced lamb, in tomato sauce), palakh murgh (creamed spinach and succulent chicken), samosas, and tandoori murgh. On the dinner menu, vegetable pakoras are fabulous. She also called ahead and got some vegetable dishes prepared vegan-style, sans cream—one roasted eggplant, one mushroom dish—and they were fabulous. Great masala tea, too. And, drmimi says, it’s spicier than Shangri-la’s fare—not just in heat but in the density and complexity of spice flavors.

Shangri-la is the other favorite in the area. “I’ve never had a meal there that I didn’t really love,” says Kathleen M. The people are friendly, the service efficient, and the food high-quality. And it’s spicy, too—as much as some folks can handle.

Namaste Café [Sonoma County]
1390 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma

Shangri-la [Sonoma County]
1706 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

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