Nepalese and Indian cuisine
By Hope S. Philbrick
Atlanta’s Briarcliff and Clairmont neighborhood is also known as Little Ethiopia since it is home to several Ethiopian restaurants—at last count, seven! But now there’s a new taste on the corner: An Asian option with both the cuisines of Nepal and India on the menu.
Unfamiliar with Nepalese food, I decided to skew my orders in that direction. With the help of a server who spoke English just well enough that we seemed to understand one another, I ordered momo, which the server said was the most famous dish of Nepal, and vegetable thali, which is a platter of a variety of items and thus offered the opportunity to sample many dishes in one sitting.
My dining companion favored Indian options and opted for lamb curry and naan.
Our first trip to the restaurant will not be our last. Everything was delicious with complex layers of flavor, the servers were friendly, prices reasonable and the place was really clean—an aspect of dining that shouldn’t be overlooked or underrated.
Not knowing what to expect of the spice levels, we opted for medium; it proved the right choice. Dishes were flavorful without burning the tongue, yet with enough heat to be interesting.
Momo are dumplings stuffed with chicken and steamed. They’re served alongside an addictive sauce made of tomato and dried chilies. If momo are the stars of Nepalese cuisine, they deserve to be a household name.
The thali platter comes with a flavorful vegetarian stew, rice, lentil soup, pickle of the day, cracker-like papadum flatbread and a couple bites of a dessert such as rice pudding.
The lamb curry is convincing evidence that lamb should be prepared no other way. Savory lamb stands up to the spicy sauce with more depth than any blander meat.
Naan is the perfect side item to choose, since you can use it to wipe up any remaining drop of food that remains on your plate.
It’s that good.
2773 Clairmont Road
Atlanta GA 30329