Everest Kitchen 1150 Solano Ave./Kains Ave., (510) 679-5079. L-D daily.
Himalayan-Nepalese-Indian cuisine is on the menu here. There is something for everyone, which means meat dishes as well as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items. The lunch special offers good value at just $11 and is a great way to explore the menu. It comes with white or brown rice, naan (bread) and papadam, daal soup, raita yogurt (which is perfect over the undressed green salad), and a Nepalese potato chutney. I discovered that medium hot here is basically no heat, so will order hot next time. I liked the Baigun ko Tarkari (eggplant roasted in a tandoori oven, then chopped and cooked in a tomato-onion sauce). My dining companion was delighted with the Tofu Tikka Masala sauce, but neither of us thought the tofu tasted like it had been cooked in a tandoori oven. Next time I’ll try the Cauli Chana (cauliflower with garbanzo beans) or the Pharsi ra Chana ko Tarkari (pumpkin curry with garbanzo beans).
When ordering from the regular menu, momos are a must. They are like soup dumplings, and the tasty chicken version is full of hot chicken and chive juices. Also on the regular menu, goat curry (also on the lunch special), flavorful vegetarian kofta balls, huge vegetarian samosas and smashed samosas, and the traditional Nepali dish called kukhura ko choila are worth trying. Both the honey naan and cheese naan are tasty, as are the mango lassi and chiya (like chai). No condiments are put on the table. If you want tamarind sauce, you need to request it.
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|Baigun ko Tarkari lunch special at Everest Kitchen in Albany, California|
|Tofu Tikka Masala lunch special at Everest Kitchen in Albany, California|
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