In my quest for trying all of the restaurants on the Washingtonian Cheap Eats List, Marcus and I landed at Himalayan Heritage on Saturday night. The restaurant is only a short walk from our apartment, and we would have missed it had it not been for Amelia at Gradually Greener, who mentioned it in a comment on my cheap eats post.
So, we ventured up the hill for a taste of Nepal and India, and were promptly greeted with perfectly spiced edamame and ginger. Our waiter at Himalayan Heritage provided the best service I've had in a long time, maybe the best service ever. Water glasses were filled to the rim, he described each of our plates with caring detail, and happily shared that he thought "America was the best country in the world," a refreshing statement from a Nepalese immigrant, who I'm guessing was in his early twenties, and reportedly had been in the U.S. for about a year in a half.
How had we missed this place? (Careful you could miss it too: the signage isn't that great). Everything was so enjoyable--the service, the soft Nepalese music in the background, and a nice reminder about feeling lucky to live in the U.S. (as opposed to, say, Iran).
What about the food? I had Mattar Paneer (peas and cheese cubes), a welcome change of pace from Saag Paneer. No soggy peas in this spicy, hearty dish, and no meat either, so I can add it to may list of yummy meat-free dishes to eat when I'm in a meat free zone.
The garlic naan was just the way I like it: garlicky.
You can eat well at Himalayan Heritage for a good price point. We will definitely venture up the hill the next time we get a craving for Nepalese.