Saturday, May 19, 2012

Taste of the Himalayas: Terrific Indian food on Midway

Toni and I found this place by accident. We were buying her tires down the street and decided to have lunch while we waited. We spied the Taste of the Himalayas restaurant, tucked away in an unassuming strip mall and decided to try it. We were amazed by what we discovered.

The place was small. The decor and music were peaceful. The staff, foreign and friendly; they gave the impression of valuing everyone who came in, even though the place does steady business: it isn't unusual for there to be a line out the door, though after a few visits we've seen it but have not had to wait ourselves. If we had to, I would happily wait. The experience is that good.

Today, I'm going to focus on TotH's great lunch special. I didn't take notes, so best memory goes like this. For approximately $8.00, you get soup, bread (naan), and two dishes (one of which is about $11 during dinner.) Toni and I have tried several items now. Some of our faves are papad for an appetizer ($1.95), which is just crispy thin bread with a mint chutney, chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo, kukhara ko masa, daal soup, Deena liked the lamb kabobs, the tandori chicken was good. Everything has been good--light, flavorful, and filling. Toni got some Chiya, Nepalese hot tea, and seemed to really enjoy it. They also serve beer and wine, including some good Indian beers.

Give this place a try. So far, it is the best Indian (if not strictly Indian) food we've had in San Diego. Their motto is, "Atithi Devo Bhavah," or, "the guest is truly your god." They are at 3185 Midway Dr. San Diego, CA 92110. And their number is 1- 619- 866-6922.

Erik gives Taste of the Himalayas a rating of GREAT. Toni gives it a rating of GREAT!

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