We had a good turn out this weekend at our Himalaya Chowdown (and bookswap). Himalaya is a new(ish) Nepali place on Franklin that replaced El Gaucho. Both food and service were good and there was a steady flow of custom.
We started with four appetizers:
Momos, both vegetarian and yak, served with a mild chili sauce
Kothe (deep fried momos), both chicken and vegetarian, served with a tomato chutney
Lo (fried lentil pancakes)
I found the Lo to be a bit on the bland and unremarkable side, but the rest of the appetizers were quite tasty.
For the main course:
Kwati - it is a mixed daal, but it is on the soup menu. A combo of kidney beans, black eyed peas, urad daal and more. The menu said that it had 8 or so varieties of beans. I really liked this dish, it was nicely spiced and not too rich or complicated. I would not order it by itself; it is good as part of the meal as a whole.
Lamb Choyala: Strips of lamb marinated in yogurt and spices and grilled in the tandoor, served with grilled onions and green peppers. I found the lamb to be a bit tough. we ordered this one hot and the flavor was okay, but I don't think I would order this one again.
Aloo dam: Potatoes in a gravy. I think I may have missed this one. Someone else will have to give their impression on this one.
Palak Paneer. Spinach and Cheese in a cream grave. This was quite a good palak paneer. it was rich and nicely spiced. The gravy seemed more like a tikka masala gravy than other palak panner gravies I have had, but it worked quite well. If you like a cream based gravy, I would defintely recommend this one.
Kataar Aaloo - This was a jackfruit and potato dish. It was good, but not as good as the one I had at Everest on grand. It is definitely worth trying. The jackfruit has a nice texture and taste and the dish works well.
Khosi ka Masu: Goat Curry. This dish was excellent. The goat was tender and the sauce was delicious.
Salmon Tikka Masala: This was the special of the day - Chunks of marinated salmon grilled in the tandoor served in a tomato cream gravy. The salmon was a bit overdone and the sauce was not stand out. I think there are definitely better ways to eat salmon and better fish curries both.
We had basmati rice, naan and poori to go with the meal. The naan was a perfectly good naan. The poori was deflated when it came to the table. This may be because we ordered five and things were busy at this point. While the taste was good, I love the presentation of a freshly cooked and ballooned poori. An important note, the breads were quite large, maybe 8-12 inches in diameter or so. We were unable to finish ours.
We were so full that we were unable to try dessert. It was the standard South Asian fair. Kheer, rasmalai and the like.
Finally, the service was good. Despite a twelve top and most of the restaurant being full, the waitstaff was attentive and unstressed. They didn't make any mistakes and the food came out in a timely fashion.
I'll definitely be eating here again.
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