After reading Malcolm’s post about Kumari’s, I decided to get back on the Nepali trail. The more recent Nepalese restaurants to open have shifted away from the early epicenter in the Sonoma Valley to the west in Petaluma. Recently I stopped at Everest Indian Restaurant after a visit to Grocery Outlet in the same shopping center for a late lunch. Located across from Dempsey’s, the restaurant has a few tables outside that might have a glimpse of a river view. Nepali-owned, the menu features mostly Indian standards but also some Nepalese dishes. On Saturdays, Everest continues to offer express lunch specials. Almost went that direction, but noticed the menu specified local lamb and local chicken for the momos and I veered toward the steamed dumplings.
My gracious waitress was unsure whether momos were available and stepped into the kitchen to check. She returned with a smile and said that if I was willing to wait for some to be prepped, the chef was willing. Done!
Fresh-ground local lamb momos came six to an order, $6.50. Juices dribbled out with the first bite and I grabbed the spoon to tackle them XLB style. Delicious! More assertively spiced with coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, shallots, and a whisper of chili to set off the juicy lamb, the flavors turned up another notch when swathed with the creamy-textured tomato chutney. Chewy, thickish wrappers had a clean, non-gummy bite. I even ate the pristine baby spinach greenery.
Several of the plump dumplings squirted when I bit into them. I offer this photo of the turmeric-stained drops of juice on my place mat and plate as evidence.
Just a quick lunch this time, Everest deserves a longer, more leisurely look.
Everest Indian Restaurant
56 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952