“Mild flavors and spotty service, but an inviting menu. 3.5, rounded up.Located just across the street from the Cafe Hon, this was a great compromise between tastes. I was meeting new friends, including a child who had requested the Hon, and who was the only one of us who lived in the area. His aunt and I had hoped for different flavors, and my boy only cared that there might be tea. I can’t tell you how happy I was when we parked the car in front of a brand new Nepalese restaurant that had an alternate menu.
I was lucky when my boy was young. He never demanded food from a dumbed down kids menu, preferring a perfect bowl of rice over most foods. I understand kids (and adults, honestly) who want to eat what is safe, and I really understand parents who’d rather not spend money on an expensive experimental meal.
So it was with this attitude that we entered the restaurant. Auntie and I ordered samosas, chaat, and soup. My boy ordered masala chai, chicken curry and momos. The younger child ordered a Caesar salad and a bowl of corn chowder, and we all shared a basket of tasty naan.
Nepalese food has a much milder spice profile than most Indian foods. The dishes will all be familiar to anyone who enjoys a good curry, but the flavors are simply not as sharp. In the case of this restaurant, everything was also just a bit sweeter than I’d like, but it was all tasty enough.
The space is small, and we were only one of three tables seated that afternoon, but our waiter disappeared for large chunks of time. We also, oddly, received our naan late in our meal. I realize that we’d ordered things from every section of the menu, but it would have been nicer to have the naan at the beginning than at the end.
Still, if you are visiting this trendy neighborhood with a mixed group that is torn between the touristy Cafe Hon and anything else, I’d suggest that you mention this spot. Then you can go across the street for dessert.”
– Quijana B. | Silver Spring, MD