Naan’s pillowy texture makes it both an effective mealtime flavor-sponge and an excellent headrest during postprandial catnaps. Enjoy adaptable edibles with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian cuisine and drink at Kathmandu Kitchen.
Kathmandu Kitchen propels the enduring taste traditions of the Himalayas into stateside mouths with a menu of authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine, earning kudos from Newsreview.com's Best of Sacramento in 2010 for the area’s Best Indian food. Unlike the dinettes of acclaimed fingerpainters, each table within the newly remodeled restaurant is covered by a pristine white tablecloth, which diners bedeck with starters such as a hot plate of alutikki, stuffed potato patties deep fried with green peas and sautéed with a mélange of zesty spices ($3.75). Pair a Nepalese or Indian beer or a cocktail with eligible entrees such as the chicken korma ($11.95) and lamb vindaloo ($12.95). Different varieties of naan ($1.75–$3.25) satisfy varieties of tongue, while meat-eschewing munchers fall under the sway of vegetarian and vegan options, including the alu kauli ko tarkari's cooked potatoes and cauliflower ($10.95). Savory sojourns are given a fitting epilogue with succulent desserts such as kheer, a rice dish cooked with milk, cashews, coconuts, dates, cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron ($3.95).
When Capital Public Radio reporter Elaine Corn visited Kathmandu Kitchen in 2009, she spoke to two servers—Paritosh and Rosy—who explained the nuances of their native Nepalese cuisine. A small yet diverse country, Nepal draws from distinct culinary influences: Tibet and China to the north and India along the south. As such, diners viewing Kathmandu Kitchen’s menu for the first time are greeted with a cross section of its varied cuisine, which includes Tibetan-style pan-fried noodles, tandoor-cooked chicken tikka masala, and fiery curries seasoned with cumin and garlic. The uninitiated are the lucky ones; Rosy explains that having first-time visitors to the restaurant is one of her favorite things. “If I find a person coming for the first time in this restaurant, I’ll be the happiest person at that moment. Because we feel it’s really important that people from America are valuing us, too, through our food.” Tables clad in white linens and a mural of the Himalayas surround Nepal’s beloved regional dishes, which coalesce perfectly in the form of thali, a tray filled with a harmonious blend of dumplings, flatbread, and lentils crowned with a main course.
Kathmandu Kitchen’s wide spectrum of aromatic and authentic vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood entrees pleases just about every palate. The eatery has earned recognition from a host of local sources, including spots on the Top Five Best Indian restaurants list by CityVoter and the Top 100 list by Local Eats.