Continuing on our culinary trip around the world, my family decided to try out Nepalese food during the month of April. We had heard great things about this type of food, but never had the chance to try it. So, one snowy Saturday night, we headed to The Himalayan Restaurant on 17th Avenue SW to give it a whirl.
We were quite baffled by the menu, as we had no idea what to order. Our server was very helpful in answering any questions that we had, so we let loose and randomly picked a few items to try. For appetizers we had Chicken Momo and Cottage Cheese Choyla Baji. Both were delicious, but I preferred the Cottage Cheese dish. For entrees, my husband tried the Himalayan Tarkari with Chicken Chatpat. I had the Garlic Chicken and Hannah gave the Shrimp Noodle Stir-fry a go.
I must say, of all of the food I’ve eaten from different countries, this one sure fits the geographic region it comes from. Seeing as Nepal is situated between India and China, the same can be said for the food. The dishes my husband and I ate had a mild version of an Indian Butter Chicken sauce on them, yet the noodles Hannah had were very reminiscent of the Chinese Lo Mein we used to eat back in the States.
If you have a child who is willing to go a bit out of their comfort zone, then I highly recommend that you try Nepalese food. Hannah loved the Flat Bread and her Stir-fry. She was also a big fan of the Mango and Yogurt drink she ordered. We are anxious to go back sometime for the buffet so we can try more dishes to see what else we like.
All in all, the three of us loved this stop on our culinary adventure and we cannot wait to go back!!
For those of you who want to try new foods without taking such a leap into the unknown, you might be interested in a spot we tried recently for brunch on Saturday morning. I consider this to be a pit-stop on our culinary adventure, as it wasn’t too far off from food we eat all the time. We tried Patisserie du Soleil on Woodview Drive SW for some French pastries.
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you! I ordered the Banana Bread French Toast, and it was delicious! The caramel sauce over the top of it was a bit sweet even for my taste, but it was still yummy! Hubby had Nick’s Scrambled Eggs, which we quickly renamed the “Kitchen Sink Eggs”. He loved all of the ingredients that they added to the eggs and he was a big fan of the toast that came with it. As for Hannah, she was in heaven with an order of Beignets. For those of you who have never tried these donut like treats, you’re missing out! The order was more than she could eat, so the leftovers came home for a snack. Hannah pretended she was at Princess Tiana’s restaurant in Princess and the Frog, as Beignets were one of her specialties in the movie.
Patisserie du Soleil also offers high tea and lunch/dinner entrees. We will surely be going back to sample both of these in the near future!!
We are always looking for suggestions for stops on our culinary adventure. If you have a favorite cuisine that is offered in the Calgary area, let me know…we’d love to give it a try!!
Sharon is a New England girl who never imagined that she’d find herself living in Canada. She has a wonderful husband and together they created a Diva Monster. Follow her on her crazy journeys at Nanas Button Jar!!