Last week, we went to the Himalayan Restaurant at Franklin & 24th in Seward. It's in the old Big Olaf/ El Gaucho/ Kilimanjaro space, and has been open for about a month.
We really liked it! The food was delicious, and the service was helpful, friendly, and efficient. Most of the menu seems Indian (curries and nan and basmati rice), but there are some Nepali dishes, too. I think there are Tandoori meats on the menu, but we didn't try any.
We had yak momos (a half order of 6), which were very tasty - the yak filling is worth the extra $1. They came with a tasty orange dipping sauce - I preferred the momos plain, but ate all the sauce by dipping my bread in it.
Then we had chicken curry, potatoes & asparagus, and garlic nan. Our main dishes were served with basmati rice. Both were very flavorful - lots of spices - but not too hot-spicy. We ordered our dishes medium - Mr. Tastebud tells me that they had some heat, but my burned-out palate thought they were on the mild side. (The waiter told us that "everyone can handle medium.") So they brought me a spicy red sauce to jazz up my food - I loved it with the asparagus-potato dish. But both dishes were fine as they were - I didn't need any extra heat to enjoy them.
The spicing was different from the Indian places in town. I can't describe it, but I liked it a lot. When Mr. Tastebud heated up the leftovers for lunch yesterday, I almost mugged him (even though I had already eaten my lunch and was full).
This place is a great addition to the neighborhood. I'll be back soon for a lunch of salad and yak momos!
P.S. They share a business card (front/back) with the Highland Cafe and Bakery in St. Paul. So I assume that they're affiliated...
2401 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406