The barista at Hyphen recommended Kathmandu, for which we are most grateful...we would likely have gone to a less exotic place, and we had theretofore never had Nepalese or Tibetan food. The place is romantic, one feels as if one is in a tent, and the ambience is romantic indeed. We had the appetizer sampler, with the best pakora we ever had, bara, and aloo tikki, a North Indian snack made from potato, Himalayan pink salt, pepper, tumeric and lemon juice. Just when we though it couldn't get any better, the sizzling local trout, marinated overnight with ginger, garlic, etc. came, with carrots and squash, and the aroma was intoxicating. Spicy, but not hot...
We also had (local) bison momo, Tibetan dumplings which were over the top - and although my wife IS, I'm not usually a dumpling lover.
And then the drinks - we had the ginger lemonade (ginger, lemon, clove, nutmeg, fennel, soda) - absolutely the best non-alcoholic drink I've had anywhere. And the second drink - jaljeera - that was so out there I don't even know how to begin to describe it - salty, lime, tamarind, who knows what - but absolutely amazing.
A truly exotic, truly enjoyable meal.
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