Locally sourced food, like WiFi, can either be found at a café or stolen from the neighbors. Avoid bandwidth banditry with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Nepalese cuisine and drinks at Taste of the Himalayas in Sausalito.
Taste of the Himalayas jam packs a menu with organic, locally grown vegetables and spices sourced from India for an authentic Nepalese dining experience that has earned warm praise from Pacific Sun. Beneath the wood-beam ceiling, diners equip their taste buds with walking sticks and trek across the pakoras' crispy vegetable fritters ($5) or the beet salad's field of baby spinach and roasted beets cushioning mozzarella cheese ($7). The saag paneer mingles creamy spinach curry with freshly made paneer ($12), and the shrimp tandoori marinates shrimp in citrus curry before roasting in a clay oven ($14).
The kitchen proudly dishes out free-range chicken and fetches seafood from the wild, as opposed to luring in suburban fish with promises of beachside timeshares. While diners admire rustic wood tables and the photographs of Nepal on the walls, they can sip such beers as Mustang Premium lager ($5) from Nepal and wines such as Sebastiani chardonnay ($8/glass) from Sonoma.
Taste of the Himalayas
Taste of the Himalayas' chefs combine the international zest of Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan spices with the homey flavors of locally sourced ingredients. They use free-range chicken or wild salmon to forge aromatic curries and tandoori-roasted entrees, as well as a selection of organic vegetables that rotates seasonally. In addition to praising the accessibility of the menu's southern Asian comfort foods, the Pacific Sun applauded the servers' dedication to creating a welcoming ambience, claiming, "it's as if you've come into their home for a meal."
This hominess lends warmth to the dining room's decidedly modern aesthetic, which includes large, oblong pendant lamps, dark-tile flooring, and burnt-orange walls with displays of unframed artwork. The open kitchen sits within full view of the main seating area, allowing diners to watch as the chefs plate orders and reenact the best scenes from Julia Child's autobiography.