Himalayan cuisine tastes best when served in high places like skyscrapers, airplanes, and breathtaking lunar craters. Feast on gourmet elevation with today’s Groupon at Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center on Washington Avenue in Golden. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of dinner.
- For $5, you get $10 worth of lunch.
Sherpa House sends diners scaling up a culinary mountain of Himalayan cuisine and culture, quelling their belly rumbles with savory Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian fare while educating them in Sherpa history and culture. The eternally hungry can gorge on an endless lunch buffet ($9.99) or scan the menu for a variety of hypothermia-curing naan ($2–$3.50), fresh bread cooked in a traditional clay oven. Spicy lamb bindalu (tender lamb and potatoes cooked in sharply spiced onions and hot curry tomato gravy, $11) induces flame-roaring baas while yak sizzlers (marinated yak meat in yogurt with herbs and spices, roasted in a traditional clay oven, $13.50) cause diners to chew thoughtfully and send powerful kicks at anyone attempting meal theft. Snowcapped sweet teeth are thawed with scrumptious desserts like kheer (Nepali rice pudding topped with dried fruits, $3.50) and desperate thirsts slaked with an extensive selection of beer, wine, and authentic Himalayan beverages.
The restaurant’s décor is representative of a traditional Sherpa house in the Solo-Khumbu region of Nepal, enwrapping diners in the cozy comfort of a mountaintop family living room, kitchen, and shrine room. A photo gallery and Himalayan museum provide insight into the Sherpa mountaineering legacy, showcasing such vertically inclined feats as climbing the Empire State Building with two toothpicks. Rapidly ascending adolescents can enjoy a morsel from the children’s menu; all elevated eaters must call ahead for a reservation.
Denveater, Julie Eats, and Innkeeper's Blog have featured Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center. Twenty-eight Yelpers give Sherpa House a 3.5-star average, 92% of Urbanspooners recommend it, and seven Yahoo! Locals give it a five-star average.
- Lhakpa Sherpa and his family have done an amazing job of converting a brick house built around 1900 into a representation of a typical Sherpa house in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. – Innkeeper's Blog
- The menu is exciting. There are Sherpa, Nepali, Indian and Tibetan dishes on the menu. The appetizers are all very affordable and look delish. We got the garlic naan, and it was yum. – Hayley G., Yelp, 5/6/2010
Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center
Though the interior of the Sherpa House Restaurant is fragrant with the smells of naan bread and spiced curries, this tantalizing cuisine is only part of the eatery's allure. The space itself functions something like a museum, except that visitors can actually take a seat and speak above a whisper. Built as a reproduction of a traditional Sherpa house in Nepal, the restaurant seats diners in a family room with a kitchen, in a buffet room beneath a thatched roof, or on a patio perched beneath waving flags. A shrine room, photo gallery, and museum room with traditional artifacts afford more in-depth peeks at the rich culture and history of the Sherpa people, who are widely known for their mountaineering skills.
Behind the scenes, chefs work carefully to make sure that their entrees accurately capture the seasonings and healthfulness that Nepal's cuisine is known for. Cumin, garlic, tomatoes, and ginger spice up pieces of beef, lamb, whitefish, and yak. Naan bread, which they bake in a clay oven and cool on a windowsill atop Mount Everest, soaks up savory pools of curry, stew, and daal bhat. Desserts include kheer, a Nepali rice pudding, and sweet lassi, a drink blended with yogurt, rose water, and sugar.