Would we go back:
23 4th St. NE
• Chicken Momo 6 piece $5.99 (shared)
• Garlic Naan $3.50 (shared)
• Chicken Coconut $11.99
Rumoured to be named Yak and Yeti early on, Gorhka Palace is the restaurant to replace Marin's Table. I still like the name Yak and Yeti better, but the food here makes the name irrelevant. My favorite new Indian, in part because some of my previous favorites have closed (nala pak, bombay deli), in part because it is that good. Also they are doing the enviromentally friendly thing, which gives them an extra plus from me.
Everything from the complimentary chickpea appetizer to the chicken coconut curry was outstanding. Our son was not in total agreement, the food was a bit on the spicy side, so if you are senstive to spice be sure to ask for mild, mild, mild. The food was perfectly spiced for me, so I was a happy camper. Luckily a hastily orderd (and quickly delivered) Mango Lassi, soothed our son.
If you like Indian this is the new place to try.
• Lamb Curry $13.99
Gorkha Palace is a very good Indian restaurant. I’m not as hooked on it after my Lamb Curry as Renee was with her delicious Chicken Coconut. Personally, I would pick Dosa King for food a dozen times in a row over Gorkha Palace. And I might prefer Dancing Ganesha for the location, space, and happy hour specials if not the food.
Then again, don’t get me wrong, Gorkha Palace’s food is very good. The garlic naan was a fresh, standard version. Nevertheless, the garlic naan was worth ordering to accompany the meal. The momos are fresh-made pot stickers with several filling options. They take a little longer, about fifteen minutes, because they are made-to-order. Luckily our son was not too finicky the night we went. He loved the noodle-like wrap. Both Renee and I knew that he would struggle with the entrees, so we ate the filling and sacrificed the wraps for him to enjoy. The Lamb Curry is touted as “Fresh boneless lamb cubes marinated in spices cooked in aromatic curry sauce.” It delivers on that description. It’s not fantastic, but it meets expectations.
If you go, despite the nice décor, it has a casual Northeast feel. That is, most people in the early dinner crowd were dressed casually. The clientele immediately took away any air of pretentiousness. There’s off-street parking. The restaurant will survive several months on newness, but I worry about its longevity, especially in the long winter months and without serving wine, beer, or liquor.
October 2, 2010