Kathmandu Cafe has transformed the former location of King Jamaica. It's just around the corner from Fly at Fulton & Divisadero Streets:
1279 Fulton - tel. 415.567.5100
Hours: 5 -9:30 pm, closed on Mondays
The white-painted entrance with its overhanging burgundy awning is welcoming. As you enter this very tiny space with its six tables, the walls are a warm buttercup yellow, mirrored on one side, with a waterfall painted on a bricked corner, and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The tables are glass-topped linen-covered, seating four with one round table for larger groups.
By 7pm last night, 5 of the 6 tables were full and the chef came out to greet the diners.
What a pleasure to have this new Himalayan Nepali restaurant in the neighborhood!
We enjoyed the comlimentary papads, spicy deep-fried lentil wafers with an order of Momo $4.95, 6 delicate chicken dumplings much like pot stickers with a chutney sauce.
The menu is extensive and very tempting:
#28- excellent Pan-Grilled Fish $9.95 with onions and #38- Paratha $2, a whole wheat flat bread layered with butter and served hot
#40-the special combo dinner with Masu Ra Saag, cubed marinated lamb with spinach and served with a salad of iceberg lettuce, carrots, and cucumber, black lentils, the vegetable of the day which was zucchini, basmati rice, and rice pudding for $12.95
***for the excellent food
Sit back, relax, and take a break from the holiday bustle with a cup of chai - this is not to be rushed.
Both the pan-grilled fish and the lamb were well-seasoned and prepared with finese. The zucchini was cooked to a lucious softness with cumin and tomatoes. The black lentils were creamy and rich. The kheer was a simple rendition of rice pudding, more like pureed basmati rice with a sweet milk sauce. Ahhhhh - I am so very satisfied! Yumilicious. Yeah.