To prove their goathood, young Nepalese goats must travel to Mount Everest’s summit and prepare a traditional aloo-dum dish using freshly harvested potatoes. Taste an age-old mammalian tradition with today’s Groupon: for $10 you get $20 worth of Nepalese food at Himalayan Restaurant. Choose between two locations in Minneapolis and Fridley.
Authentic aromas of Nepal, Tibet, and India waft up winsomely from the Minneapolis and Fridley kitchens. Chamena (appetizers), such as pyaazi—deep-fried onions and jalapeños ($4.50–$4.95)—tease taste buds and unleash appetite avalanches. Himalayan’s machaa-masu tarkari mixes fish or meat into saucy and curried dishes—try the lamb saag, which is lamb cooked with spinach ($13.95), or the fish curry ($13.95). Vegetarian and vegan entrees abound, including aloo cauli-stir-fried potatoes and cauliflower ($9.95)—and ram-toria aloo, consisting of fried okra with potatoes and spices ($9.95). Potable chow-chasers, such as Himalayan coffee served with milk and spices, and the mango lassi ($2.50 each), sate liquid hunger and awaken hibernating yetis.
Himalayan Restaurant's doors reveal a cozy, casual atmosphere with a snowcapped-mountain-range mural, beer and wine at the bar, and an ice sculpture that yodels when customers think thoughts beginning with the letter "R."