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The Everest Kitchen (formerly New Delhi Restaurant) in Seattle

Tom Armitage | Jun 1, 200511:09 AM

The sign still says “New Delhi Restaurant,” although the name has changed to the geographically more accurate “The Everest Kitchen.” This Nepali restaurant, located at 14561 Bothell Way (Lake City Way) N.E., does not appear to be widely known. That is a loss for both the restaurant owners and Chowhounds alike. A recent visit to the Saturday buffet was delightful in every way, from the thoughtful, friendly service, to the tasty food, to the bargain prices. The buffet included a delicious goat stew (khasiko masu) redolent with black cardamom (ilaichi in Nepalese) and other spices; butter chicken (chicken makhani); tandoori chicken; lentil soup; blackeyed peas and bamboo shoots (alootama boti); saag, made with mustard greens; vegetable samosa; naan; basmati rice; a delicately spiced kheer and gulaab jaamun for desert. The price for this ample selection of unusual and delicious Nepali dishes is $6.95. Talk about a bargain! An added bonus is the friendly and accommodating nature of the staff. I asked the woman who served my wife and me lots of questions about the spicing of the food, and she patiently and happily answered all my questions. Her answers revealed the lengths to which the restaurant goes to get fresh spices. She told me that she has a black cardamom tree in her yard. The restaurant avoids pre-ground spices because the oils dry out resulting in a significant loss of flavor. They clearly care a lot about the quality of the dishes they prepare, and the flavors of their food reflect that care. Some of the dishes are better elsewhere (I prefer Taste of India’s version of butter chicken), and the naan suffers from resting on the steam table rather than being served fresh from the tandoor. But, all in all, I thought that the food at The Everest Kitchen was very good, and certainly a bargain. It’s a place that I will return to often.

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