So, Carlsbad has been the hot spot at the moment for new restaurant openings. Though, with the upcoming projects in Oceanside and Encinitas, North County as a whole is continuing to expand its restaurant scene . Of course you want quality establishments and a varied choice of cuisines along with the growth. Thankfully, Taste of The Himalayas offers just that. The restaurant is part of a local, family owned, chain of five restaurants serving Napalese, Indian, and Tibetan cuisine. Their other restaurants have garnered high praise for the flavor and authenticity of their cuisine and after eating at the new Carlsbad location I would say deservedly so.
Taste of the Himalayas’ new location at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad. It is located in the downstairs area next to Naked Cafe where Mazen 101 used to be.
Himalayan cuisine covers the countries of Nepal, Northern India, Tibet, and sometimes Bangladesh. If you are familiar with Indian cuisine you will be comfortable with the menu.
They did a great job, in a pretty short turn around, with the look of the restaurant. It is both comfortable and inviting. Perfect for lunch or a dinner date.
A view from one of their comfortable couches.
Mixed Momos ~ Chicken and lamb, mixed with onion, cilantro and spices. The vegetable Momos contain cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, cashews, nuts, paneer, onions, cilantro, green onions and spices.
I love Momos, they are my favorite style of dumpling. Taste of the Himalayas’ are great but I would say Himalayan Dine Inn (San Diego), and Himalayan Kitchen (Encinitas) edge them out slightly in the Momo department, in that order.
Chicken Tikka Marsala and Aloo Cauli Ko Tarkaru with rice.
This is part of their great lunch specials menu. You get a choice of an entree and a vegetable dish served with a cup of lentil soup, rice and naan for $9.99, it is a steal.
Both the Tikka and the Tarkaru were wonderful, with great spice and depth of flavor. I asked for an 8 spice level on my Chicken Tikka. I feel the cream mellowed out the spiciness a bit and would go higher next time with my spice level if ordering a similar dish. I loved the cauliflower and potato dish immensely.
Bhera Ko Tarkari ~ Boneless lamb curry with fresh tomatoes, garlic, ginger, onions and Himalayan spices.
I went to lunch with Christine, who owns Petite Madeline in Oceanside. She ordered the Bhera Ko Takari lunch special. Though she ordered a 4 spice level hers was a bit hotter due to the absence of cream in the dish. She was fine with it, having tasted a bite, I thought it had a nice back heat but was pretty mild. My advice would be if the dish you are ordering has cream or yogurt in the sauce you can edge up a little as far as spice level goes. If it does not and you are sensitive to spice, order conservatively.
Another thing Christine commented on a few times was the fact they used whole spices, or coarsely ground spices, rather than powdered, which added a lot to the flavor of the dishes.
They have been open for two weeks now. When we went they had only been open 4 days or so and were still having some tech. issues with the point of sale system. The staff was great and the owners son was there and was able to provide a lot of in site into the dishes.
- I also wanted to point out they do charge for refills on beverages, which I personally am not a fan of. This did not stop me from enjoying the experience and they did mention it before refilling, it just made me switch to water after my iced tea.
A great little addition to Carlsbad Village. Their lunch special alone makes it silly not to try them out.
300 Carlsbad village Dr., Carlsbad
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