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Little Nepal (long)

Celeryroot | Jun 19, 2003 09:36 PM

3 of us went to Little Nepal the other night. It is newly open in Bernal Hts. I got there about 6:30 and it was still empty. I was the first one there and did not want to take a table until the others came (they are somewhat unreliable) and the place does get full. The owner insisted I take a table. Fortunately my friends were only 15 min late!!!!! There was a rather large line by 7.
The place is charming and impeccably clean. It used to be a fish store which seemed to only have tanks of algae and also sold crickets and was a filthy mess. The service is very professional and friendly, and very knowledgeable.
We ordered the following :

Three appetizers:

Himalayan vegetable Momo
I have never had before . That being said the taste was wonderful the wrappers were some what gummy. It is quite possible this was how they are supposed to be. It is served with a sesame and tomato dip. The dip was great and neither over powered. It was very smooth.

Chhoila
We had cubes of barbecued lamb which were marinated in mustard oil , garlic , ginger , and curry spices. There were toasted soy beans and what the waiter said was toasted puffed rice. My first taste of the toasted soybeans was rather ho hum. But they grew on me. Infact , I loved them and the waiter brought a dish of them. We ordered 2 of this

Entrees

Kukhurako Ledo
Boneless chicken with cream , cashew nut , tomato , and ginger , garlic……. various curry spices. Excellent

Jhinge Machhako Tarkari
Shrimp curry with garlic , ginger , tomato , onion and curry spices. Excellent!!

Poleko Khasi
Tandoori Lamb , Very tasty . Hugh portion for $12.95. I f I had to find a fault , I would say a bit over cooked and slightly tough. Would I order it again ….YES.

We were full and there was a long line outside so we did not order dessert.

They have a very limited wine list….If I recall 3 whites and 3 reds. All priced at $17.95. We had a Ravinswood Merlot and taj Mahal (hugh bottle) of beer.

My only complaint is the Naan is not that great. It was thin and seemed to be made ahead. The bill was abt $85 with tip. One bottle wine , large beer (4.95) and glass of wine (4.95).
Yes the prices are a little bit more then your normal SF indian food , but the food is superior. The chef toasts the spice first ( as shd be) and none is overpowering. As mentioned before , the service is wonderful and the owner ran out into the street after us to thank us for coming.

I would love to try some of other offerings…. Anyone want to go , I’d be glad to organize???

Little Nepal
925 Cortland
643-3881
They deliver in the area.

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