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Apr 19, 2008 06:51 AM

Nepalese Food in Phx?

Greetings - In one of the former cities I called home, one my favorite addictions was a little joint that served food from Nepal (gawd, I'm drooling just writing this); it's been years now - and I can't ever seem to find a worthy replacement. Is there a Nepalese restaurant here in Phx?

The types of dishes served would be combos of, to name some: Roti (flat bread soft/hard), Dal (lentils), Sag (greens), Tarkari (veg), Bhat (rice). So,obviously, there are some similarities to Indian, but my experience is that it's not quite the same....

(Btw, no one needs to mention that my palette might enjoy Ethiopian/Eritrean - bc I'm already fully addicted there and have Lalibela on speed dial)

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    1. None that I am aware of in the Phoenix Metro Area. There is one in Flagstaff, however, if you feel like going up north during the hot summer months.

      Himalayan Grill
      801 S Milton Ave, Unit A Flagstaff, AZ

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      1. re: silverbear

        Don't know of any in Phoenix but we tried the one in Flagstaff back in Feb and were pretty disappointed.

        1. re: ziggylu

          Oh....bleh. I hear an unmet food need here in Phx! :(

          1. re: AnnVL

            Along with Moroccan. What I'd give for a good, traditional Moroccan place here. sigh....

            (there's a himalayan place in Santa Fe as well if you get up that way. Haven't been there ourselves but we thought we'd try it next time around...)

            1. re: ziggylu

              Moroccan! This reminds me of when I lived in Denver - there was a lovely Moroccan place on...Colfax Ave. (I think?) - omg, it was so delicious!

              So, now I'm kind of wondering if Phx, overall, is lacking a bit in a few of the more "exotic" choices or ? (but then, we have Lalibela et al...)

              If we are lacking, I wonder why - because I can't imagine we're lacking an audience...

              1. re: AnnVL

                I don't think Phoenix is "lacking" in a general sense at all. We have Bulgarian, Burmese, Uzbek, Salvadoran, Persian, Israeli, Jamaican, and Native American, to name a few.

                There may be a particular cuisine that is not in Phoenix (like Moroccan), but that isn't indicative that Phoenix doesn't dabble in exotic cuisines.

                If it is any consolation, you can't find a single restaurant in the L.A. area that serves Native American Fry Bread.

                1. re: Seth Chadwick

                  LOL, thank you Seth! Not having been here all that long, I feel much better knowing I can grab my favorite Uzbekian dish down the street! Seriously, I am glad to learn there are many exotic cuisines to choose from. :)

                  Can you recommend an Israeli restaurant in particular?

                  1. re: AnnVL

                    Sabuddy for Israeli food.

                    6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

                    1. re: AnnVL

                      Samarkand at 19th Ave and Northern is the Uzbek restaurant, but currently I'm not really sure how open they are. We stopped by a few times and they were closed during times we thought they were open. Last weekend I went just to see the hours on their sign. At Sunday around 2pm, the sign said they should be open, but they weren't. They close at 4pm on Friday but all other days they close at either 9pm or on Sat, 10pm. There are lots of business cards for Kosher services and Stars of David decorations, so I think they might be Jewish. I'm not sure if we happened to go on a Jewish holiday last weekend (Apr 13) or not. I've been once during a weekday at around 1:30pm and they were open, but I was the only diner at the time. I'd call if I were you before you go. One of our friends called when we were supposed to meet them there for dinner and the person who picked-up didn't speak any English. We got there around 7pm (on a non-Friday) and they were locked-up tight.

                      1. re: Firenza00

                        Adding place link

                        Samarkand Restaurant
                        7823 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

                        1. re: Firenza00

                          Most of the Uzbek community in Phoenix is Jewish, so it is possible that holidays such as Passover are influencing the schedule.