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Attention to detail at the new Himalayan Kitchen seems to have paid off. Basmati rice, for example, is exquisite, with every kernel tasting like it was individually cooked. Tandoor-baked breads like naan and paratha are incredibly fresh and wholesome tasting. Even the silverware at this new restaurant is eye-catching. The Himalayas of Nepal is known for its many towering peaks, and Himalayan Kitchen—the new version—hits many high peaks of its own. It’s rare to discover a “new” restaurant that fits like well-worn jeans. New isn’t always better, but in the case of Himalayan Kitchen, new is much better.
Asian: The Himalayan Kitchen opened in downtown Salt Lake City in 2005, and immediately became a widely-known favorite. Serving Nepali and Indian cuisine, this restaurant offers dozens of savory entree choices with or without meat, across the entire spiciness spectrum. Here you can choo se from lamb, chicken, seafood, vegetarian, and tandoori options. After years of consistent success, Himalayan Kitchen relocated; moving just around the corner from its former home, this restaurant now offers a colorful, friendly, and modern environment in which to enjoy its traditionally excellent cuisine. Native Nepali owner, Surya Bastakoti, is an avid para-glider and owner of Mt. Pumori Trekking and Expeditions.
Ambiance was never the original Himalayan Kitchen’s strong suit. The new Himalayan, by contrast, has great eye appeal: It’s spacious without being sprawling, with a main dining room plus a second that doubles as a space for private parties and other functions. Carefully selected art and photos from Nepal and India adorn the walls, and the entire restaurant gives off a soothing, mellow vibe. Himalayan Kitchen 2.0 is a vast improvement over the original model.
In the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, a unique culinary and cultural experience awaits you. Traditional Nepali and Indian Cuisine is prepared daily with the freshest ingredients from scratch by dedicated Nepali chefs. We welcome you to walk through our doors and experience the mouth-watering aroma and flavors of our curries, warm hand made naan, sizzling Tandoori grills, organic Himalayan coffee and more. All served in an inviting atmosphere by our friendly staff. Namaste!
Table service at Himalayan Kitchen is super-friendly, even protective. When I ordered my lamb vindaloo dish “hot” (versus mild or medium), my Nepali server counseled against it. “The ‘hot’ is really hot,” she said. “Maybe medium-hot?” she suggested. Recalling incendiary affairs when I’d eschewed the heat advice at other restaurants, I ordered my vindaloo medium-hot.
Wine service is not Himalayan Kitchen’s forté. While the small wine list is adequate, there’s considerable confusion about it among the wait staff. During one visit, our server was visibly perplexed by our wine order. And sure enough, it took two tries, a long delay and input from the owner to finally get our wine order right. Thankfully, we’d selected a twist-top wine.
It’s unfortunate that, because we’re usually focused on the new and noteworthy, we tend to bypass the tried and true. However, a Himalayan relocation—just around the corner from the old 400 South address—provided me with an excuse to get reacquainted with this trusty old fave.
fik2000Berlin, Germany18Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile Good food, clean kitchen, waitress :(The food was very good. Place was busy - full off customers. We peeked in the kitchen and from the distance it look clean, organized, good impression. I wish our waitress was more pleasant and attentive, but she was only ok.Thank fik2000
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile Good food, clean kitchen, waitress :(The food was very good. Place was busy - full off customers. We peeked in the kitchen and from the distance it look clean, organized, good impression. I wish our waitress was more pleasant and attentive, but she was only ok.Thank fik2000
The food was very good. Place was busy - full off customers. We peeked in the kitchen and from the distance it look clean, organized, good impression. I wish our waitress was more pleasant and attentive, but she was only ok.
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