For years, treacherous peaks dissuaded diners from tasting true Himalayan cuisine by covering the surrounding communities in avalanches of pizza coupons. Get a good meal without moving a mountain with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Himalayan cuisine and two Nepalese or Tibetan beers (a $4 value each) at Tibet Nepal House in Pasadena (a $33 total value).
Indian-style tandoori meats and spicy Nepalese stews mingle on Tibet Nepal House's hearty menu of authentic Himalayan cuisine. Chefs crafting tandoori chicken plunge spice-marinated chicken legs into the fires of a clay oven to seal in savory juices ($11.99), turning from the flames to season yak stew with caraway seed and mountain spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, and low-hanging clouds ($18.99). Signifying a long life, the winding bean-flour noodles that comprise each phing dish run ribbons dotted with Sichuan pepper and star anise over palates, comingling with sautéed mushrooms and veggies ($7.99) or onions and a choice of chicken or lamb ($10.99). A hot pan crisps striped bass before the fresh fish is drizzled in the chef's special sauce ($19.99), and house-made farmer's cheese and lost hikers occasionally surface in a wilderness of 14 unique vegetable curries ($7.99−$9.99). Guests can cool down overworked spice sensors with a pair of authentic Nepalese or Tibetan beers from labels such as Real Gold, Mustang, and Lhasa, or by diving mouth-first into a creamy conclusion such as vanilla-laced coconut crème brûlée ($5.99).
Tibet Nepal House
Yaks make life in the Himalayas more bearable: they carry cargo through mountain passes, provide wool for cold-weather gear, and draw plows through the unforgiving earth. They also make some delicious dumplings. Known as momo, this delicacy is just one of the many found at Tibet Nepal House, where clouds of garlic, cumin, saffron, coriander, and cinnamon give life to 14 different vegetable curries, seafood stews, and hearty rice and noodle dishes. The kitchen's multitalented clay oven can slowly roast pieces of marinated lamb, turn Play-Doh currency into a reality, and bake loaves of dhopzi—traditional bread made from stone-ground whole-wheat flour. Diners enjoy their entrees with a selection from the variety of in-house wines or an Indian or Himalayan beer. Traditional teas stand ready to accompany any meal, with steaming cups flowing from pots including the herb-laced masala and the organic darjeeling. In addition to sating nighttime appetites, Tibet Nepal House hosts a champagne brunch on weekends and serves a lunch buffet throughout the week.
36 E Holly St.
Pasadena, California 91103