Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters makes with today's Groupon, $8 for $20 worth of Indian cuisine and drink at Kathmandu Kitchen.
Kathmandu Kitchen draws from the enduring taste traditions of the Himalayas with authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine. Unlike the dinettes of acclaimed fingerpainters, a pristine white tablecloth drapes each table within the newly-remodeled restaurant, which you're free to furnish with a hot plate of alu tikkie, stuffed potato patties deep fried with green peas and sautéed with a mélange of zesty spices ($3.75). Or pair one of their Nepalese or Indian beers or a cocktail with eligible entrees like the chicken korma ($11.95) and lamb vindaloo ($12.95). The restaurant serves five different varieties of naan ($1.75–$3.25) to satisfy all five species of tongue, while green gobblers are open to a host of vegetarian and vegan options, including the alu kauli ko tarkari's cooked potatoes and cauliflower,($10.95). Memorialize your savory sojourn with a succulent dessert like the kheer, its special rice cooked with milk, cashews, coconuts, dates, cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron ($3.95).
Kathmandu Kitchen was featured on Capital Public Radio and was voted Best Indian in the Sacramento News and Reviews Best of Sacramento. Zagat rated Kathmandu Kitchen's food very good to excellent. More than 100 Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars:
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.