Diners Treated to Peak of Flavors and FreshnessFeatures Order of the Day
October 5, 2014
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
In addition to multiple pieces of art that depict the Himalayas and surrounding regions, diners at Himalayan Kitchen are transported across the globe via Nepalese and Indian cuisine that doesn’t require a Mount Everest expedition to enjoy.
Chef and owner Suman Basnet opened Himalayan Kitchen in 2009, and explains that the restaurant serves as a “personal chef” for diners who enjoy dishes that are made to order, and use fresh, locally sourced produce and seafood, as well as freshly made curries featuring tomato, onion, coconut and garlic infusions. The award-winning restaurant also caters to vegetarian and vegan diners, and customers may request their preferred spice level in dishes according to their desired taste.
“We offer fresh vegetables from local vendors, and also bring in fish daily from the auction including fresh opah, ono and mahi mahi — nothing frozen,” Basnet says. “We really are like a personal chef — everything is made-to-order and can be customized, depending on your diet or preference.”
The Kaimuki eatery offers a comfortable, inviting ambience amid the bustling culinary hotbed on Waialae Avenue. Himalayan Kitchen offers indoor, patio and open-air seating. Diners are treated to friendly service, and dishes resemble works of art on the chef’s magnificent canvas. In sticking with traditional cooking methods of the region, dishes such as Chicken Tikka ($15.95), boneless cubes of chicken breast marinated in yogurt, and soft, fluffy flatbread called Naan ($2.95) are cooked in a traditional Tandoor clay oven to bring out the cuisine’s unique flavors.
Patrons also may choose from a vast array of options including Saag Chicken ($15.95), chicken cooked in Madras curry with a touch of curried spinach, and Chicken Tikka Masala ($14.95, additional $2 to substitute lamb, shrimp or fish) — boneless chicken cubes grilled to perfection and simmered in a rich, creamy, lightly spiced tomato sauce.
As a special scoop for Dining Out readers, Himalayan Kitchen offers a special Hot Deal for $20 worth of food for just $12. Vouchers are available for purchase via HotDealsHawaii.com now through Thursday, Oct. 9, and may be redeemed at the restaurant Monday through Thursday. This Hot Deal is valid for one year from the purchase date. As a reminder, the voucher is not combinable with other offers or specials.
1137 11th Ave., Honolulu
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Nightly, 5-10 p.m.