A consistent performer, Tibet Nepal House provides delicious food in a charming atmosphere that's just as ideal for a first date as it is for a group dinner.
Having the staff recognize his date(s), however, is another matter entirely.
Nick definitely played the dating field, so, while he was exceptionally great at first dates, and occasionally at second, he'd usually elect to stop dating the woman after that point. (I think he actually tried to break it off with me during our second date, but that's a whole other story.) By the time he first took me to Tibet Nepal House on about date 4 or 5, he'd told me all about his salacious past -- and Tibet Nepal House's role in fostering it. After a delicious dinner, I asked him if I should go wig shopping so I could accompany him on future visits without ruining his player rep. (Luckily, for whatever reason, he doesn't seem to mind that the restaurant staff now recognizes me too.)
The menu features both Himalayan Nepalese dishes, which to me are virtually indistinguishable from Indian food (hence, why I feel comfortable reviewing the restaurant for this site), and Tibetan dishes, which are similar to Chinese food.
Even though I know the puking had everything to do with the alcohol and nothing to do with the yak, the phrase "yakked the yak" has stuck with me. Actually, I hope I didn't just ruin yak meat for you too. But, if I did, I do think that story was worth it. (Plus, the non-yak menu here is several pages long, so you'll be OK.)
Honestly, the best review to heed on this restaurant isn't mine. It's Nick's mom's. She's a traditional Nepalese woman who grew up in Kathmandu. She has declared Tibet Nepal House "authentic." It doesn't get any better than that.
Have you ever tried yak meat? What would you say are the main differences between Indian cuisine and Nepalese cuisine?
Tibet Nepal House, 36 E Holly St., Pasadena 91103. (626) 585-0955.