This is a sponsored post from Himalayan Bistro, however all opinions are those of Kevin Lynch.
Last week, I was invited by Danny Lamichhane, owner of Himalayan Bistro, to check out the 3,800 sq. ft. restaurant at 1030 Light St. and to sample some of the menu items.
Lamichhane, who grew up in Nepal and now resides in the neighborhood, has been an Indian and Nepalese chef for the past 21 years. He opened Himalayan Bistro a year ago after a 15-month renovation of the space, which was formerly a 7-Eleven. Lamichhane runs the restaurant alongside his wife Kalpana Lamichhane. Their son, Danish Lamichhane, is also part of the six-person team at the restaurant.
Himalayan Bistro has a large dining room featuring Nepalese and Indian artwork and ornate chandeliers, along with many booths and tables. The restaurant has a capacity of 90 and can accommodate large parties, according to Danny Lamichhane.
Himalayan Bistro’s lunch, which runs from 1130am to 3pm, features an all-you-can-eat buffet with many Indian and Nepalese favorites, as well as Chai tea. The buffet costs $9.99 during the week and $11.99 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Himalayan Bistro is open every night for dinner, on Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 11pm. Customers can order dine-in, carryout, or delivery dishes off the menu during both lunch and dinner. Himalayan Bistro also caters.
During my visit, I made sure to try as many dishes as possible, and it was all delicious. Every table starts off with a basket of fresh garlic naan. Danny Lamichhane and the team roll out balls of dough and cook the naan along the walls of the clay oven in the kitchen. The dough cooks and bubbles up into a soft and tasty snack that is a perfect addition to all the other menu items.
All of Himalayan Bistro’s dishes have a great aroma and are filled with flavor thanks to all the imported herbs and spices used. These include cumin, coriander, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, and star anise. Danny Lamichhane noted the health benefits of having these spices in your diet and also said that ‘spices’ should not be confused with ‘spicy.’ Himalayan Bistro’s dishes are mild, but the team can make dishes spicier upon request.
I started out with a sampling of the egg drop and lentil soup. Both were packed with flavor. I then moved on to several different types of chicken alongside several types of tasty rice. Danny Lamichhane said the Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular dish at Himalayan Bistro and it’s easy to see why. The tender chicken and creamy curry masala sauce on top of basmanti rice is an excellent plate of food.
I also really enjoyed the Tandoori Chicken cooked in the clay oven and covered with a unique blend of spices, the Chicken Vindaloo with potatoes, and the BBQ wings. The Vindaloo, Masala, and Tandoori can also be ordered with shrimp, lamb, fish, and vegetables.
A vegetarian dish I had to get seconds of was the Daal Mahhni. The curry dish is made with black lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, and herbs.
Himalayan Bistro has a large selection of other vegetarian dishes.
I finished off the meal with the Rice Pudding. It was a real treat with the zesty flavor of green cardamom.
Overall, it was an awesome meal and the service was very attentive. I look forward to coming back and diving more into the menu. Other dishes include Cheera, Korma, Balti, Mango Jalfrezi, and Biryani, as well as Nepalese favorites Chow Mein and Momo – Nepalese dumplings. Drinks include teas and Mango and Strawberry Lassi.
Whether you are an Indian and Nepalese food regular, or have never tried Himalayan cuisine, I definitely recommend a trip to Himalayan Bistro. It’s a great addition to Federal Hill!