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Berkeley: Everest Cafe – A lovely Indian restaurant that is the pinnacle of Bay Area Nepalese cuisine


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Berkeley: Everest Cafe – A lovely Indian restaurant that is the pinnacle of Bay Area Nepalese cuisine

rworange | Dec 11, 2009 06:16 PM

The $7.99 lunch special is served in a stylish rectangular thali and includes delicious lentil soup, paper-thin crisp papad, warm, soft pillowy naan, chutney, raita, light-as-air basmati rice with peas and a choice of entrée. They ask what spice level you wold like.

The medium-spice goat curry was spot-on. The spice level was enough to be interesting without being distracting. My mouth was tingling but it was due to the complex spicing dancing on my tongue. The bone-on goat was tasty, tender and not fatty.

Seconds on the fabulous lentil soup were offered.

They also have a great Nepali chai.

I was drooling as the dishes going to another table were carried by. … gleaming copper pots and a sizzling platter that had clouds of steam rising from with tantalizing aromas.

The restaurant opened Monday, Dec 7th and is offering a 15 % grand opening special.

This is a pretty restaurant with white table cloths and soothing Nepalese (I assume) music playing in the background. The young staff is very pleasant.

Of the handful of local Neapli restaurants I’ve .tried, this rises way above them for both ambiance and food. The prices are good too.

A few other interesting dishes

$2.99 – Chicken soup with nions, ginger, garlic, bell pepper & tomatoes
$6.99 – Chicken Thukpa – Special Nepali dish of Sherpa noodles, fresh vegetables and marinated chicken breast with homemade sauce and healthy feeling soup. There is a veggie version for a dollar less. The menu is very vegetarian friendly.
$1.99 – Honey naan
$8.99 – Bhindi Ko Tarkara – Fresh okra and strips of onion stuffed with special herbs and spices
$11.99 Bheda ko masu ra chiyau – Boneless lamb pieces cooked with fresh mushroom in typical Nepali sauce
$1.99 – Nepali barbar
$1.99 – Lime tea

Of course there are momos, chicken or veggie. The veggie sound tasty with minced cabbage, spinach, mushroom, cashew nuts, cheese, onions, cilantro, green onion & spices served with tomato chutney.

There are three Indian beers – Flying horse, Mahraja and Taj Mahal.

The menu also offers standard Indian dishes such as samosas, pakoda, biryani, tandoor, and curries.

Like some Nepali restaurants there are Chinese type dishes such as
- Chicken chowmein – stir fried noodles with boneless chicken and vegetables seasoned with homemade Nepali style spices and sauce
- Fried rice – shrimp garlic ko bhuteko bhaat – rice fried with shrimp and garlic.

The restaurant is located next to Bui.

Everest Cafe
1645 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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