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Nepalese Cusine??

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dc Apr 26, 2000 12:21 PM

Hi Guys,

I have found all types of retaurants serving all different types of food from all over the world, but never cam across a singe Nepalese restaurant. Did you guys ever come across any Nepalese place in Manhattan or in the other boroughs? Any information will be very helpful.

- Thanks,

- DC

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    Jim Leff RE: dc Apr 26, 2000 12:50 PM

    Use the link below for my description of pretty much the first and only local Nepalese food experience (it was pretty grim).

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/writing/nepa...

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      dc RE: Jim Leff Apr 26, 2000 03:51 PM

      Actually Nepalese food is very good. I had a lot of Nepalese food in London. Their momos are excellent. They are far spicier than the Tibetian momos.

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        Jim Leff RE: dc Apr 26, 2000 04:01 PM

        You can find Nepalese food in Denver, too (Denver's actually a pretty underrated ethnic food town).

        I'm speculating here, but my suspicion is that while Nepalis probably eat a pretty simple meat diet, their restaurants tend to be influenced more toward Indian (the way Vietnamese restaurants are often chinese-influenced).

        Where's your fave in London? You remember any names?

        ciao

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          dc RE: Jim Leff Apr 26, 2000 04:22 PM

          I forgot the names of the places in London. But there are quite a few over there.

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            jen kalb RE: dc Apr 26, 2000 05:06 PM

            im attaching a link which mentions several Nepalese restaurants worldwide, including two in London.

            We also went to a couple of these restaurants in London - maybe 18 years ago - in the area south of Marlyebone Rd and W. of Tottenham Court Road. There was at that time a concentration of rather decent northern indian restaurants with a few from Nepal also in that area. The Nepalese cuisine we sampled there did not differ materially from the north indian mughal style - it appeared to be soundly in the indian/parsi culinary orbit with perhaps a little simpler spicing and a greater use of sour components (dried mango?). Like the London mughal places the tilt was toward rather heavily sauced meat with rice and few veg other than dal. I believe there is a Copeland Marks book that covers this cuisine, and there are recipe sites too if you are interested in finding out more.

            Link: http://www.nepalhomepage.com/dir/soci...

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            Jessica Shatan RE: Jim Leff Apr 26, 2000 05:38 PM

            Just had to chime in as I have been to Nepal. The 'national dish' is dahl baht, which just means dahl and rice. The dahl could be a thick lentel stew(no meat) or a thin almost pureed sauce and it ranged from spicey to VERY spicy. They lived on this.
            Then I had momos but that was near the tibeten boarder... as big as a calzone, flakey crust filled with potatoes and cheese... mild and delicious (esp. after trekking all day). Brits said they were like pasties (?).
            The also eat alot of bowls of ramen noodles with veggies and sometimes meat.
            Another big staple was mustard greens. They flourish there, we saw fields and fields. They make wonderful mustard green soup, like a cream of spinach soup.
            And lots of mango, fresh mango juice in the morning (at my westernized hotel) and mangos and tangerines to eat everywhere, sold on the st..
            That's what I think of when I think of Nepali food. Not meat. Of course there was meat to be had but it didn't seem to be the main focus. It's a poor country so it's a rice-and-bean culture (their bean is lentils).
            Been wanting to try Tibet on Houston... they do have momos.....any word???

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              jen kalb RE: Jessica Shatan Apr 26, 2000 05:55 PM

              great post, Jessica! I can only conclude that the so called Nepalese restaurants I visited in London so long ago fudged on the cuisine - adjusted it to London tastes.

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                Jessica Shatan RE: jen kalb Apr 26, 2000 09:04 PM

                Well, what were the London places like? What did they serve?

                When a culture imports its cuisine a lot of things can happen. For instance a Polish friend told me that the polish places in the E. village is Polish home cooking, not what they eat in restaurants there. I asked him if the Poles here find this weird and he said, no they find it comforting. But in the Nelapese situation they may feel their cuisine is to homey and try to dress it up for a wetsern restaurant.

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                howler RE: Jessica Shatan Apr 26, 2000 09:33 PM

                fyi, 'dal bhaat' (literally, 'dal and rice') is loved and eaten eight days a week all over the sub-continent north of maharastra and andhra pradesh, not just in nepal. and the 'pasties' the brits referred to are really 'patties': chicken/mutton/vegetable filling inside deliciously flaky pastry. there's really very few places that get them right these days, the most famous being the rti institute at hughes road and the patisserie at the taj, both in bombay.

                i've been to nepal but once, a teenager in search of some holy smokes. the meat/veggie ratio of the cuisine didn't seem anything different from the rest of north india, though i remember my tongue being scalded by a fierce mutton curry.

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                  Jim Leff RE: howler Apr 27, 2000 12:56 AM

                  folks--manhattan IS the center of the universe to those who live there, but can we please discuss this on the General Topics board? There are people all over the country (and the world) who might enjoy and contribute to this thread and who don't read this board!

                  ciao

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                    Jessica Shatan RE: Jim Leff Apr 27, 2000 10:39 AM

                    I was expecting this tongue-lashing to come soon. Wasn't sure if we should go to international or gen. topics. Sorry, Jim... I gotta get it together on this one... I have done this before...

                    Devil's advocate to all the software designers: it's always awkward to interrupt a thread and move over to another board (I always think no one will follow--maybe I should try it and see...)... I wish we could write a post here and post it to another board right from this board... or somehow bring these posts over there so we don't just start a thread in mid-thead as it were.

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                      Jim Leff RE: Jessica Shatan Apr 27, 2000 10:53 AM

                      ....and THIS should be discussed on Site Talk!

                      yep, there are terrible problems with our present software. I've put scores of hours into finding something better, but every program that solves these problems creates others. Alack. Alas. Aday.

                      The search goes on.

                      ciao

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                        Robert Sietsema RE: Jim Leff May 1, 2000 03:04 PM

                        To confuse matters, let me reintroduce Manhattan into this fine thread. There is a very good and cheap Indian restaurant run by Nepalese where they serve a handful of Nepalese dishes, as follows:

                        Darbar East,239 First Ave near 14th St, Manhattan, 212-677-0005

                        This place gets my wholehearted recommendation.

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                          Barry Strugatz RE: Robert Sietsema May 29, 2000 04:01 PM

                          Just went here -- excellent North Indian and Nepalese. Thanks.

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                  Jim Leff RE: Jessica Shatan Apr 27, 2000 12:48 AM

                  I promise I'm not sniffily defending my theory, but I can think of a few reasons why you wouldn't have found meat-heavy cuisine in Nepal...

                  could be you mostly ate in restaurants (which in many Asian cultures don't serve food having anything to do with the local diet); could be they're so impoverished that they can't afford the meat their forefathers ate, could be regional variation (it's a big country!)

                  Or...you could be right! Just suggesting some alternatives. It's hard to pin down cuisines sometimes, there are so many factors to consider.

                  ciao

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