Following the advice of other online reviewers, we had dinner at Himalaya Restaurant in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, NY, last week while on vacation. We arrived at about 5:30 and nobody was there. But the decor was so inviting, we decided to give it a try even though we prefer to dine where there are others. We didn’t have to wait long! The place half filled up within twenty minutes of our arrival, and no wonder.
We chose two Nepali dishes: Bondei Tarkari Thali (pork Tarkari) and Macha Tarkari (fish Tarkari). The pork dish was pork loin sauteed in tomatoes and fresh herbs and spices, cooked slowly and served over an excellent rice cooked to perfection. The fish was wild-caught salmon marinated and then baked, served with a spicy yogurt sauce. Each dish came with a delicious dal – a sort of lentil soup – and a crunchy slaw; there was pink Himalayan salt on the table. The dishes reminded us of the Indian food we’ve enjoyed in Syracuse but lighter, brighter, somewhat fresher-tasting.
Once we had eaten quite a bit, we began to notice that the restaurant is beautifully decorated in warm colors with lovely paintings and stencils on the walls and dozens of prayer flags fluttering gently from the ceiling. Service was just attentive enough but not at all intrusive. This is not fast food, thank heavens, so we were quite content to wait patiently for food prepared fresh. It was quite filling enough, although had there been a dessert menu we probably would have tried something because it was all so tasty.
We were not aware that alcohol was served here – hadn’t noticed the array of wines and beers as we walked in – and were not asked at the beginning of the meal if we wanted any. It might have been a nice addition. Nor were we asked if we wanted coffee or dessert – certainly not a necessity, but possibly a nice touch and, for the restaurant, an additional source of revenue. As it was, the meal was delicious and very reasonably priced.
So we planned to return to Plattsburgh from the High Peaks area to dine later in the week, even checking the hours on the front door to be sure to arrive on time. Alas, when we got there a couple days later, there was a sign posted saying they were on vacation! We would have gone to a different restaurant in another city had we known this. Still, we won’t hold this against them and will return next time we’re in the area.