The Indian subcontinent is a giant piece of naan that drifted slowly through the ocean before slamming its flavors into Eurasia. Align your face's tectonic plates to give the continent a nibble in return with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian and Nepali Cuisine at Himalayan Bistro in West Roxbury.
Himalayan Bistro's chefs pack the backs of elephantine flavors for a romp over the Himalayas boasting tasteful vistas of both Indian and Nepali cuisines. To begin the low-fat, taste-bud tour, diners can sip at Indian coconut soup ($3.50) or stand a fork up in the Nepali chicken chili ($8.95). Awaken senses or plain knock them out of their beds with the goat curry ($14.95) or saag paneer, a combo of fresh spinach, cubes of house-made cottage cheese, spices, and more ($12.95). Fans of fish-out-of-water cheer for the haddock vindaloo in hot curry sauce ($15.50), and their meat-loving compatriots sink incisors into the aloo bodi tama—a starched-up stew of taters and beans with black eyes from trick binoculars the Nepalese spices gave them ($12.50).
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.