Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Himalayan fare and drinks at Himalayan Restaurant. This Groupon can be redeemed at any of its three locations in Niles, Bloomingdale, or Gurnee.
Himalayan Restaurant merges the spiced-up cuisines of India and Nepal to produce the authentic fare of the mountainous region. Season your taste buds with appetizers such as a 10-pack of charbroiled masala chicken wings ($6.95) or a meat-averse dish of paneer pakora, which dips homemade cottage cheese in flour batter and deep fries it to create a savory tonguetop treat ($4.95). Boti kabab cheers up your inner cheeks with tenderized tandoor-cooked lamb cubes flavored with yogurt, garlic, and ginger ($14.95). Ocean-sourced entrees satisfy seafood lovers with shrimp makhani ($14.95), which intermingles creamy tomato sauce and shrimp, the pranksters of the sea. The farsi bhaji fulfills every stomach's fondest dream of green beans and fresh-grated coconut ($9.95).
The plate payloads at Himalayan Restaurant are mixed together by experienced chefs that use high-quality ingredients and follow a culinary philosophy that calls for a pure, natural, and balanced diet. Pick your preferred entree, salad, or imaginary dinner, and complement it with sips of white or red wine, which allow diners to taste all two colors of the rainbow.
Home cooking can be hard to find when home is on an entirely different continent. But the owners of Himalayan Restaurant knew how to bring the flavors of their South Asian home to Chicago. They sought out Chef Bishnu Subedi, who relies on his 12 years of experience as well as his training in a Kathmandu culinary school. Befitting the subcontinent’s rich and diverse history, Chef Subedi designs expansive menus, which embrace the Northern Indian, Nepalese, and Asian subcultures that define the region’s cuisines.
This cultural fusion is readily apparent in dishes such as the momos: steamed Nepalese-style dumplings that are typically stuffed with minced chicken or vegetables and served by street-food vendors throughout Nepal. Northern Indian flavors completely shine through on certain dishes, including the tandoori chicken, which marinates overnight in spiced yogurt before the chefs quickly barbecue the meat inside a traditional clay tandoor oven. House-made paneer cheese and fluffy naan also evoke the flavors of South Asia; the restaurant further embraces its cultural roots by serving Indian beers and water from melted Nepalese glaciers.