Focusing mostly on Indian cuisine (with a few Nepalese and Tibetan options), the food at this serene Huntington Beach restaurant is delicious.
9 out of 10 Peppers = Extra Spicy
The Details: Himalayan Grill enveloped me in a sense of calm. I'm not sure whether it was the water feature at the entry, the hanging Tibetan prayer flags, or the soothing music playing in the background, but I was thankful to eat here after an especially hectic day. Also calming was the fact that, perhaps courtesy of the fact that the restaurant is in Orange County, there's actually ample free parking. On this Monday night, Nick and I met up with two friends, Kiair and Neena, for dinner.
The restaurant bills itself as having food from India, Nepal, and Tibet, but the vast majority of dishes are from India. Only six entrees (all noodle dishes) are classified as Tibetan/Nepalese on the menu. If you're looking for a place that has more dishes from Nepal and Tibet, then I'd recommend Tibet Nepal House in Pasadena instead. But if you're looking for delicious Indian food, this is definitely your place.
All in all, the food here is exceptionally great. Nick and I had gone here once before about two years ago, before I had this blog, and the food this time was even better than I remembered. I took off a pepper for the service (slow) and because the bathroom is far (aggravating -- it's a shared bathroom with neighboring businesses, so you have to leave the restaurant to wash your hands). Oh, and according to the restaurant's website, there's another branch of this restaurant -- in Flagstaff, Ariz. So, if you somehow found this blog and you're in Flagstaff, please do leave a comment below to let us know if the Arizona restaurant is just as good!
What's your favorite restaurant for Nepalese and Tibetan food?
Himalayan Grill, 16400 Pacific Coast Hwy., #110, Huntington Beach 92649. (562) 592-9080.