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Himalayan Grill and Curry House, Santa Rosa (Also good for vegans!)

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My Mom, Sister, Hubby, and I dined at the Himalayan Grill and Curry House last evening. My sister is veg, so we had mostly veg options.

Here's what we had:

Veggie Samosa
Samosa Chaat
Lamb Saag Curry
Chicken Mushroom
Saag Paneer Curry
Mixed Veg Masala (Fresh spinach, eggplant, potatoes, cauliflower & mushroom cooked with spices & creamy sauce)
Aloo Cauli Vegan Curry (Fresh cauliflower, potatoes and peas cooked in olive oil with onion, spices and tomato sauce.)

Both Samosa dishes were very nice. The veg samosa was lightly fried and the dough was not too thick. A nice version of this favorite. The Samosa Chaat was something I'd never had before. It's described as: Crispy veg. samosa with apple, onion & garbanzo beans. Served with yogurt, mint sauce and tamarind chutney. Sounds similar to a samosa preparation right? WRONG. The Samosa Chaat is chopped samosa SMOTHERED in all those ingredients. Sounds like too much of a mash-up but the flavors of the sour yogurt and the sweet apple and chutney were DELICIOUS. This is my new favorite dish here.

Both meat dishes were lovely. (I should also add that we ordered everything medium spicy, fine for me, but the rest of the group could have used extra, I suspect.) The chicken mushroom had a lovely non-cream based tomato sauce. Both the tomato sauce and the fresh mushrooms really shone in this dish. The only complaint is there seemed to be only a few chicken chunks. Not to worry thoug, as the sauce for dipping naan was almost better than the chicken. The lamb saag was also nice. The lamb was tender and not gamey at all. No stringy pieces here. Only savory little chunks of lamby goodness.

All of the veg dishes were great as well. I am partial to saag paneer because I am a sucker for creamed spinach. This version, while very rich, was not overly saturated with fat, which I appreciated. The cheese cubes also were given great attention and seemed to have been griddled before they went in the saag, which is a nice touch not often seen in these types of restaurants.

The rice was lovely, fragrant, and fluffy. The naan was off the chain. A thinner, crispier variety than many people are used to, I'm sure. We got onion, garlic, and butter naan. All had nice subtle flavor that was not too overpowering. Also a nice daal soup (today with chunks of paneer!) starts the meal. It's free, it's warm, it's delicious. Just what a dinner in this sucky summer weather needed.

Entrees run in the 8.99-14.99 range at dinner time. It's more expensive than City dwellers will be used to but the ambiance is quite lovely at the restaurant.

This little restaurant sorely deserves some attention. They apparently have a lunch time buffet, but I don't work close enough to try it.

Go there, you won't be disappointed. It's worth the few minutes drive from the highway if you're passing through. Happy Chowing.

JB

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Himalayan Grill and Curry House
2484 West Third St, Santa Rosa, CA

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