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Himal Chuli

318 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2021
(608) 251-9225
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Ranked #49 of 820 restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Dining options: Reservations
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87% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Food here is amazing. I got a nice patio seat so I could watch people pass as I ate my lunch. Definitely stop and try it.

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My family and I went there on Saturday July 19th. We were looking for a culinary adventure. We sure found one. Very different flavors and uses of spices. I loved the roti and dahl. I got the momo. I thought more food would come on a plate for $8.99. All that was there was the momo. They should add vegetables... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

On a recent trip through Madison we ate at Himal Chuli on a lazy Saturday evening. The place smelled great and the menu contained lots of tasty sounding dishes. Our meal was mostly a disappointment due to the blandness of all of our dishes. We had one with tofu, spinach, potato, one with cauliflower, a couple of samosas and dal... More

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84 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This beats all the Nepali restaurants I have been to, admitting that I haven't been in Nepal yet. I was lucky to share many dishes with my companions and they were all super good. I especially liked all the vegetarian dishes such as the ocra and the egg plant. I might have liked it a bit more spicy, but there... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Sooooo, this was a very ambivalent experience. I am Indian, and have eaten in several Nepali restaurants, and the food was unlike any Nepali food I have every eaten. The dal was fresh but completely bland, they had a soupy dish with vegetables that was supposedly spicy, but it was spicy in a very bare way - like someone had... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Himal Chuli offers high quality, traditional Nepali cuisine in downtown Madison. I've traveled through Kathmandhu and northern India, tasting many varieties of Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, Chinese, and Ladakhi food. I've found that often, the traditional food that locals eat in these cultures is heavy, without variety, and unwholesome. Himal Chuli, though, offers a variety of traditional-tasting fare that feels more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Never in a zillion years would I have picked a Himalayan restaurant for lunch, but I was in Madison for a weekend conference and another conference attendee had eaten there the night before and wanted to share the experience. It was definitely unusual dining fare for a native Midwesterner, making this lunch an adventure. There were 4 of us in... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I'm not sure whether the food at Himal Chuli is actually all that healthy (though it probably is), but by jove does it taste healthy (and, of course, delicious)! There's something about their simple-yet-scrumptious dal-and-roti combination that just makes you feel great about yourself. If you find yourself in the area, you simply must give Himal Chuli a shot.

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City of Love, Philadelphia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

If you get to Madison please do stop at this little restaurant with the best food at an unbelievable price. It is nothing fancy but the food was well worth stopping in. I had never tried Nepalenese food before but believe me I will go back there this summer when I return to Madison.

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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108 reviews 108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We eat here often when in Madison. The food is very good. It is easy to eat gluten free, and healthy too. This visit the service was poor. We usually have a waitress who is well versed in the food. This time our waitress was not helpful with the ingredients and didn't offer to ask the cook. She was snobby... More

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