In March I returned to Kafal in downtown Santa Rosa. While still billed as a Nepali restaurant, the menu was different and had little uniquely Nepalese about it. I asked after Chef Sakun Rai and learned that he was no longer there. The new chef came from Himalayan in Chicagoland, and the manager said he was highly regarded in that region.
An onion pakora came out as a complimentary bite, served with a pungent garlic dip. No longer offering lamb-filled momos, I ordered chicken ones in the pan-fried version called Kothay, $9.99. Pretty boring all-round with underseasoned filling and watery tomato chutney. Even the masala chai, $1.99, was weak and bland. The new chef seems afraid of flavor.