Tashi Delek! Two things will happen when you dine at the Himalyan Kitchen in downtown Durango. One, you will experience unique culinary cuisine and, two you will increase your vocabulary! Both will culminate in a refreshing experience unparallel to any in the four-corner area. That is because the food combines flavors from Nepal, Tibet, and India resulting in a taste that will awaken your body and spirit. Maybe that is how it earned the title “Best Ethnic Food in Durango” in 2011.
Factoring into this equation must be the fact that Owner and Executive Chef, Karma Bhotia, born in the mountains of Nepal and son of a Buddhist lama, instills his philosophy of “kindness, love, patience and serve others” in everything he does, especially while concocting his favorite dishes as he cooks “from the heart.” This former mountain climber and backpacking guide makes sure that all of his employees get proper training to ensure every guest receives exceptional treatment.
Having hiked and cooked his way through S.E. Asia, the Himalayas, and Austria, where Bhotia was a chef for 8 years, he learned that simple spices make huge flavors. The merging of more “mild” Tibetan spices with the bolder Nepalese and European spices and herbs combine to make for an unforgettable culinary experience. Bhotia is most recently from California where he owned the restaurant “Tibet Nepal House of Pasadena,” which also won awards.
Himalayan Kitchen offers a healthy alternative for Durango diners, with more vegetarian dishes then anywhere in town, all comprised of fresh and natural ingredients, are MSG-free, and non-oily. 95% of the menu is gluten-free. Aside from veggies, you will find Salmon, Tiger Shrimp, Yak, and Lamb… Oh, and there’s Chicken! Think again if you are one of the millions of Americans believing you have tried every possible chicken recipe known to man! Try the Chicken Makhani, Tandoori, Annapurna, Vindaloo, or Korma for starters.
Luckily, with so many authentic dishes to choose from, there is a seductively priced daily lunch buffet where one can choose from over 20 different items, including salad, Naan, and dessert, from the highest mountain region in the world. At least one dish in our daily lunch buffet includes our own organic garden grown vegetables. Note: it would be almost sinful to leave without trying the infamous Mo-mos with a pot of house brewed Masala Chai! SIP AWAY! It feels good knowing that 10% of profits from all beverages go towards educating orphans in Nepal, a fund started by Bhotia himself.