In Berkeley, there is no shortage of good Indian food. Some of my favorites include Khana Peena, Vik’s Chaat (website), and Flavors of India (website), and there were so many others that I hadn’t tried or explored. After moving to San Diego, I get periodic cravings for Indian food, and while S’s favorite is the popular Punjabi Tandoor, I actually thought it was too mild and creamy for me. When I want Indian food, I want a big hit of flavor.
Recently, S took me to an Indian/Nepalese restaurant that he found a while ago – he said I’d definitely enjoy the spiciness and flavors, and his Nepalese friend endorses the place. I have tried Nepalese food once before and immediately jumped on board when he said “spicy.”
The restaurant is located on Midway Dr., near Phil’s BBQ. In fact, S said that he first discovered it when he and a friend was looking for another place to eat when the line at Phil’s was too long. There was a short wait here, too, even at 8:30pm (on a Saturday). He says that they get pretty crowded during regular meal times. The service was also a bit slow – there were plenty of open tables, but they just weren’t clearing them off and seating customers. Also a funny note about service: when we asked for our check at the end of the meal, the waitress had actually lost the slip of paper with our order on it… so she had to come over and ask us again what we had just eaten.
We had already looked through the menu online prior to arriving, so we had pretty much made up our minds already. S said that we should try the Nepalese dishes (as opposed to the standard Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala, etc.). But first, we were given a cup of complimentary curried lentil soup, which I really enjoyed.
I was surprised to find out that S didn’t know what lentils were… haha.
We started off with an order of “Momo” – Nepalese steamed dumplings – from the appetizer menu. There are three options for filling: vegetable, chicken, and lamb. We picked the lamb. The taste actually reminds me of Chinese dumplings or even Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) but without the soup.