On a rare kid-free Sunday afternoon, we went to the Nepali buffet at Katmandu Spice in Arlington. It was pleasant, a good price, the food was enjoyable but I'd like to come back and try the menu rather than repeat the buffet.
Among the buffet items: Lentil "donuts", yellow lentil soup, veg & noodles, veg curry, mustard greens (spiciest dish of all), goat stew, tandoori chicken, rice with a pea or two in it, salad, and vermicelli (I think) soaked in milk, nuts, and raisins. That's most of the buffet although I may have left one item off. There were also several sauces, per se, including two yoghurt-based ones that were not spicy. One of the yoghurt sauces was like a typical raita, the other one had a tart, almost sour base which I thought was a wonderful contrast to the spices and heat in the food.
I am a spice-wuss. That said, the only dish I couldn't eat was the chopped mustard greens. The food was between a mild and medium level of heat. I loved the combo of spices in the goat stew, very fragrant and tasty and the meat was tender. This was the best dish, I think. The tandoori chicken was very dry and I didn't enjoy it very much. The veg curry was quite nice and contained potato, cauliflower, zucchini, and carrot. DC loves heat and liked the brown sauce. He said the yellow lentil soup was very good but warned me it would be too spicy for me.
The waiter was very efficient and friendly. There were several tables seated at 1:30 but the place was emptying out around 2.
We would have liked to order something to drink but were not brought a menu or asked about beverages so we just drank water. I guess it wasn't important enough to us to pursue.
The buffet was $10/person. A good value.
A nice afternoon out, all in all.
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