Based on the reviews here, I thought Sherpa Cafe was going to be better than the other Nepalese/Indian restairants in Colorado, but that wasn't the case at all. The owner seemed great, and the service was terrific, but the food wasn't even mediocre. We ordered papadum, samosas, chicken vindaloo, and lamb chilli. The papadum was fine, but it came with just one sauce--an orangey-red one. The samosas were terrible. They were soggy rather than crisp and the filling didn't seem like it was seasoned at all. They were also served with an orangey-red sauce that tasted a lot like the first sauce. We asked for chutney and/or pickle as well, but they only seemed to have the one sauce. My husband's lamb was okay--the best dish of the meal--but it wasn't great. My vindaloo, while fairly tasty, wasn't vindaloo. There was barely any heat in it and it was also served in a watery orangey-red sauce without much flavor. While I understand that Nepalese versions of dishes are going to differ from the Indian versions, my experience--at Sherpa Cafe in Gunnison, at Nepal in Grand Junction, at Guru's in Montrose, and at Sherpa House in Golden--has been that the Nepalese versions lack the spice level, richness and depth of flavor of the Indian versions. So why do I keep eating at Nepalese places if I preper Indian food? Because that's all there is in Western Colorado where I live and because positive reviews here and elsewhere convince me that it's worth a try.
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