Yeti- The Himalyan Kitchen
Tibetan & Nepali
Thankfully, this does not follow the grimy stereotype of most Tibetan or Nepalese spots in the city. As we approached the well painted sign and hauled ourselves to a clean and rather ambient little place we were all quite pleased. The picture is misleadingly dark and gloomy - apologies for that. I think all the dished bore flavours that deserve a higher score but it had to be dropped with some ickiness we experienced with our pork and beef. Read on.
So the feast began:
- Chicken Momos - You could get them in either Tibetan Style (with clear brothy soup) or Nepalese style (with chutney); we picked the latter. Ok so these are officially my favourite momos in Delhi! They were bite sized little dumplings, with skin thin enough to deserve a nod, as soon as it was placed down on our table. Even though the chutney was not as good it didn't matter since the chicken was so flavourful and juicy inside.
- Chicken Shabalay - For those who have not tried this before the deep fried dough is very similar to a samosa. The stuffing again was juicy and really quite yummy on its own.
- Sundried Spinach - Now this dish may not be for everyone. It has a very unique flavour a bit like fermented soy bean with an added smokey-ness. The texture too was a bit rubbery like some sort of fungi. I personally, really liked it. It was a good dish to have lying around and keep nibbling through your meal.
- Mushrooms w/ Fermented Black Bean - This was skip-able unless your a vegetarian then it may be one of your better saucy options. Not that it was bad it was just fairly unremarkable. There was definitely no black bean flavour in the sauce, the only time you tasted it was if you had the good fortune of biting in to one of the 5 black beans sprinkled in.
- Spicy Fried Chicken (Dry) - Spicy, chilly chicken like. They use only thigh pieces which was fine by me but my friend got a slightly black looking one which (I did say black not pink). They also used celery which, adds such a wonderful flavour . Pair it with some some rice and you are set.
- Gyuma - Tibetan Sausages - Meant to ask what meat they were made of but forgot, assuming it's pork. I did not like these at all. Firstly they didn't taste too meaty but more like they had been adulterated with some kind of gluten. If anyone has tasted a small namkeen samosa with dry namkeen dal like stuffing? Well it tasted like that. Now I don't know if all Tibetan sausages are like this one or this was just not a very good one. Either way I wasn't a fan.
- Shapta - Thinly sliced Buff sauteed with onions, garlic - Could have been good because the combination of spices and aromatics was nice, but they burnt most of the buff like they were being tried as witches! The softer pieces still tasted ok but the rest had this unappetising gaminess to it.
- Emadatchi - Pork - Comes with various other options if pork is not your thing, including vegetarian ones. We ordered our with Tingmo, the other option was rice. Tingmo is a Tibetan steamed bun, with a very slight sweetness to it. The emadatchi was really quite tasty, it's an interesting little dish that is made with cheese and green chillies. I really like the sauce it was quite addictive, though could had more of a kick to keep it more authentic. However the pork was a little questionable, rather putting off actually. I would probably stick to chicken next time and most definitely order it again!
Generous portions, reasonably priced, in a cosy setting, its worth a visit. For the daring ones they have some interesting fare such as goats lungs and buff tongue (which I would have liked to try but after the sliced beef tasting the way it did I'm not so sure anymore). I will probably return for my next fix of momos, shabalay and emadatchi!
Budget: Reasonable. We paid about Rs. 2000 for all this.
+91 995858 2840
50A, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village
Labels: Hauz Khas Village, Momos, Tibetan