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Himalayan Heritage tonight for the first time

susabella Nov 18, 2009 06:29 PM

I had dinner tonight at Himalayan Heritage, and it lived up to all the great reviews and comments I've heard. The restaurant is quite charming inside, the service is lovely, and the food is comfy and delicious. I definitely recommend this place.

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    SouthShore Nov 23, 2009 06:27 AM

    We went to Himalayn Heritage last night and absolutely loved it! We ordered the spicy chicken momos, goat curry and kukhura ko masu (nepali chicken in ginger, garlic and tomatoes) and a garlic naan. The garlic naan was to die for...wonderfully fragrant. The meats were delicious. My only regret is that we didn't order a vegetable dish, esp. after hearing such good things about the cauliflower.

    One thing I didn't get --- the spicy chicken momos were not that spicy! I know they didn't bring out the non-spicy by accident, too. It could just be me; I have a high heat tolerance, but I thought the entrees were definitely spicier even though the momos come with a big warning on the spiciness. Regardless, the momos were delicious and totally worth the chatter.

    Aside from that, our waitress was fantastic, the vibe was delightful, and we left fat and happy. Jyoti used to be my neighborhood favorite as far as South Asian cuisine goes, but HH definitely is the new winner. Also, right now they've got a coupon on their website for 1 entree, 2nd half price, or $7 off a meal of $50 or more. We used the first one and after the momos, two entrees, and naan, spent $22 each w/ tax and tip. Pretty unbeatable!

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    1. re: SouthShore
      MartinDC Nov 23, 2009 12:55 PM

      When I had the momo (I referred to them as dumplings in my earlier post), the sauce was spicy as in lots-of-spice-flavor spicy. They had some heat but it builds up, rather than asserting itself right away.

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        SouthShore Nov 24, 2009 10:59 AM

        Ok, then I know I'm not crazy. That's how I felt. But their description says, "Steamed momo with very spicy spices served with spicy chutney," so I figured it was going to be a spice explosion. I could definitely deal with more heat in those things.

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      Steve Nov 20, 2009 05:39 AM

      Could be that dinner at HH is better than lunch. Clearly the "A" chef was not around for our meal. This is a report from a recent Chowhound group lunch:


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      1. re: Steve
        reiflame Nov 20, 2009 07:37 AM

        Do Chowhound lunches ever end well? I can't recall ever seeing a post about a good meal after you guys get together.

        susabella, what did you eat? What did you like about it?

        1. re: reiflame
          Steve Nov 20, 2009 09:14 AM

          Hey, we're a tough bunch to please. If twelve of us get together, that's a lot of experience and opinions based on international travel, eating in DC, and being way to obsessed for our own good.

          In no particular order, here is a list of places where we have had some truly great meals:

          Bob's Noodles 66
          Joe's Noodle House
          Machu Picchu
          Grace Garden (some items need to be ordered 24 hrs in advance)
          Costa Verde
          Han Gang
          China Star- TemptAsian - China Boy (when Peter Chang was cooking)
          Ruan Thai
          Queen Makeda
          Passage to India
          Hong Kong Palace
          Chez Auntie Libe
          Thai Square
          Pyramids (RIP)
          Mandarin Express (ordering from the Yunnan menu)
          La Limena
          Rose Restaurant
          Nha Trang
          Canton Gourmet Express (Lao menu - RIP)
          Taqueria El Charrito Caminante
          Jamaica, Jamaica

          In addition, I will give a shout out to Joe H who, by all accounts, has set up some rather lavish and outrageously successful meals at Maestro, Laboratorio, and others.

          1. re: reiflame
            susabella Nov 23, 2009 04:52 PM

            Reiflame, we started out with the delicious garlic nan, the gobi (cauliflower), and the aloo dam (diced potatoes) and actually like the potatoes better than the cauliflower because of the sauce. For main courses, we had the chicken tikka masala, the lamb rogan josh, and the vegetarian chick pea dish. All was good, and although in retrospect, it was not the best i've ever had (my favorites are Passage to india, Rasika, and Bombay Bistro in Rockville), I just loved the atmosphere and service and overall friendliness of the place, the way it was decorated was so cute, that it made up for any lack of perfection in the dishes. I would go back again if I was in the area.

        2. woodleyparkhound Nov 19, 2009 05:39 AM

          I see they have coupons on their website which expire 12/15/09.

          Himalayan Heritage
          2305 18th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20009

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            MartinDC Nov 19, 2009 05:18 AM

            I live around the corner from Himalayan Heritage, and I often carry out their dumplings (with the very red, somewhat spicy sauce). You get like 10 of them, so I try to get them only after a strenuous workout at the gym.

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            1. re: MartinDC
              susabella Nov 19, 2009 07:09 PM

              Is that the same sauce they have on the Cauliflower appetizer? I haven't tried their dumplings yet, but will get them next time I stop in. The restaurant has such a nice vibe, wish the parking situation was better in that area!

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