Windsor’s Himalayan Restaurant a delicious Zen experience
Right across from Windsor Green, on McClelland Drive, Bishnu Pandey, owner, manager and chef of Himalayan Restaurant has created a gem of a restaurant, bringing the flavors of India and Nepal, with a nice touch of Californian freshness, at this city friendly restaurant. The exterior is pleasant enough, but once you enter the world collapses and you can feel like you’ve escaped to a monastic retreat with five star cuisine. Quiet chants flow around you as you enter and a sense of calm and peace envelops your soul. It’s a truly calming sensation, just standing in the restaurant, breathing in the scent of curry, herbs and spices.
Originally from Himalayan Nepal, Bishnu learned drinking and management at the Soaltea Crowne Plaza hotel in Nepal. From there he worked in almost all types of restaurants, including the Jumeirah International Hotel in Dubai. Through his passion and love of light and healthy cooking, he uses fresh organic ingredients and olive oil.
When we got to the Himalayan restaurant the morning fog had lifted but there was still a bit of a chill in the breeze outside so we opted for a table inside. I decided to walk around the room to see the exotic filigree hanging lamps and what looked like Indian and Nepalese artwork hanging on the walls and had a lovely chat with Heather, a very happy and happy regular. pleasant. Having lived in India, she shared how much she loved the authentic flavors of everything she enjoyed at Himalayan Restaurant every time she visited.
“My husband doesn’t like Indian food,” she explained. “But he loves coming here and especially likes the tandoori chicken salad.” She also praised the frozen chai.
When I returned to our table, we ordered the Samosa Chaat appetizer ($ 8.99). A tangy apple and onion combo with crispy vegetable samosas, topped with yogurt, mint, cilantro and tamarind chutney. Besides looking like a work of art, it could almost have been enjoyed as a dessert with the sweetness of apples and chutney. For the entree, we ordered the Keema Matar ($ 13.99), one of their fabulous lunch specials. It has ground lamb and green peas cooked with spices in a creamy sauce. We each served ourselves as much as we wanted on the perfectly cooked basmati rice. Not particularly fond of the extreme heat, I was grateful that I ordered the main course on medium heat. The lentil soup at the front of the entrance was one of the best lentil soups I have had and I love the lentils. It was so fresh and heartwarming, I could have been happy and content with just a giant bowl of soup, but when the Keema Matar arrived it was lucky we didn’t just order the soup. The organic spring mix salad was topped with a mango vinaigrette, not too sweet but with a delicate touch of herbs and spices. Our server, Ramesh, was very patient and attentive in answering my questions about the different ingredients. Naan came with the meal but we also ordered a large side of warm garlic and olive oil naan. A nice balance to the little warmth of Keema Matar.
Thinking back to our meal at Himalayan Restaurant, in search of quintessential Indian cuisine, no need to travel halfway around the world, all it takes is a trip to Windsor with a good appetite.
When you go (bring your appetite and leave your stress at the door):
810 McClelland Drive
Windsor, CA 95492