For years, European navigators searched for a direct route to Asia's tasty cuisine, eventually burrowing through the earth and accidentally rediscovering Luxembourg. Blaze a path toward savory satisfaction with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisine at Himalayan Grill in Huntington Beach.
At Himalayan Grill, flavors from India, Tibet, and Nepal converge to populate one encompassing menu of authentic South Asian specialties. Sinking teeth into a deep-fried potato samosa stuffed with perfectly spiced vegetables ($3.95) offers a tastier beginning than chewing on a Restoration drama’s prologue. Succulent ground chicken and a garden of vegetables peek out from steamed dumplings in the meat momo platter ($10.95), and tibetan-spiced noodles go for a pan-fried ride with fresh greens to create the vegetable chau chau dish ($9.95). After bathing in a garlic-masala marinade, tender chunks of lamb rest under a slow roaster to reach the perfect tikka ($13.95) juiciness, and tandoori chicken coated in yogurt and garlic sauce ($11.95) earns its moniker by roasting in a clay oven. Diners can end meals with a trio of traditional desserts, including Nepal-style rice pudding ($3), which chefs infuse with cardamom and nuts before sending to tables aboard the back of a yak.
Noted as a "fantastic addition" to the Long Beach dining scene by Gazettes Town-News, Himalayan Grill melds the culinary traditions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Chefs observe authentic preparation standards when preparing Indian dishes, slow-roasting chicken, lamb, and shrimp in a tandoor oven. Among a quintet of "out-of-this-world, make time stop" dishes sampled by restaurant critics of the Orange County Register, lamb masala garnered particular praise as incredibly supple and "moist enough to cut with a spoon." Ginger, garlic, and curry infuse spice and heat into most entrees, whereas saffron and cardamom lend uncommon warmth and market value to desserts. Inside the dining room, low music and dim lighting create a relaxed atmosphere. Table minders elevate the comfort factor with "fast and very warm" service.