Each linen napkin is folded in such a manner that it drapes over the edge of a drinking glass like the petals of a flower. The napkin’s soft pink hue complements Himalayan Bistro’s deep red booths and the vibrant art on the walls. The aromas of ginger, chili paste, and Himalayan peppercorns drift from the kitchen, hinting at dishes traditionally served in the streets and homes of Kathmandu and other regions of Nepal. Steamed dumplings brim with veggies like the pockets of a scarecrow on payday, and tendrils of smoke unwind from kebabs in a tandoor or over an open charcoal fire. Traditional music plays in the background, the unfamiliar scales and nearby antique statuettes completing the sensation of having traveled halfway around the world.
Steve Fenerjian opened the first Mangia Neapolitan Pizza in Brookline in 2003, setting his business apart from other pie shops through his use of healthy bleach-free whole wheat and wholesome locally-sourced organic veggies. The Mangia empire has expanded considerable since then, but their approach to pizza remains the same. At each pizzeria, chefs select flour milled to exact specifications, and sprinkle the resulting dough with traditional toppings including sweetener-free tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, chopped clams, eggplant, basil, pesto, and prosciutto. Then, they cook Mangia's celebrated pizzas in the traditional Neapolitan way⎯roasting each pie a sizzling stone that leaves crusts crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. These expertly fashioned New Haven-style pizzas pair well with the pizzeria’s other offerings, which range from hearty roll-ups and deli sandwiches to sauce-covered chicken wings.
When people think of Chinese food, they likely think of scrumptious, but heavy noodle and rice dishes loaded with dense sauces. Luckily, at Gourmet Garden, lovers of Chinese and Japanese food can dig into a menu full of organic meats and vegetables, low-carb and gluten-free options, and light, healthy rice dishes.
Steamed beef and mixed vegetables are prepared without oil and sauce, traditional noodles can easily be substituted with wheat-free rice noodles, and the chicken?used in such dishes as chicken with string beans in a black-bean sauce?is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Many dishes, including hibachi entrees, come with akai rice, which has more fiber than regular rice and may help lower blood-sugar levels and reduce bloating.