Muddy tries momos
We’re not short of Indian restaurants in the county and many believe that the city is the real curry capital of Britain and even though I’ve been bought up on curry, I’m not a fan of eating out at Indian restaurants and avoid them at any cost. It’s not that I don’t like Indian food, but I usually leave feeling underwhelmed and bloated (too many years of being spoilt my mama Muddy’s home cooked curries you see).
But that all changed recently when I went to Everest Dine. This family-run Indian and Nepalese restaurant is run by Hari Bhakta Maharajan who started life off as a waiter, but a few years ago was given the chance to take over the restaurant. He grabbed the opportunity by the horns and I’m guessing hasn’t looked back since.
With a passion for healthy cooking and excellent customer service, it’s no wonder the restaurant won runner-up in the Best Fine Dining category in the first ever Leicester Curry Awards earlier this year.
Hari’s warm smile and friendly nature is the first thing that will greet you on arrival. On this occasion, my mum had joined us so Hari’s food had to impress us both…duh duh duhhh!
The restaurant is situated on a busy street in the city and in the past, parking has always been a problem but now customers are able to use the NCP car park round the corner at a reduced rate.
Inside the eatery is spacious – downstairs is for diners and upstairs they keep for private functions. The decor is simple and minimalistic. We came for an early Sunday dinner and had the restaurant to ourselves which was handy as our nosey little mudlet wanted to explore every nook and cranny.
Hari bought poppadums and pickle to the table immediately and then suggested we start off with Nepalese momo – I’d never heard of the dish before but am always to happy to try out any recommendations and Mr Muddy and my brother added a tandoori mixed grill into the mix.
Turns out momos are dumplings, They’re one of the most popular dishes in Nepal and use Tibetan influences. These flavoursome steamed parcels were filled with finely chopped veggies, paneer (Indian cheese) and chilli and the homemade sauce they came with packed a serious, but delicious punch. Trying to tear Mr Muddy’s attention away from his dish was a task and a half but he gave me a nod and thumbs up.
In my opinion mushroom is the most under rated vegetable. There are some people I know that can’t stand it, but I can’t get enough of them, so ordering the mushroom curry was a no brainer for me.
And it didn’t disappoint. It was tangy and a little creamy and gave Mama Muddy’s a run for her money. Meanwhile the tarka dhal was definitely one of the best ones I’ve had.
The carnivores both agreed that both their dishes were tasty, aromatic and had a lot less oily than what they’ve had in previous restaurants. They ordered the medium spiced Gurkhali lamb which came with Nepalese herbs cooked with yoghurt and green chillis but even Mr Muddy – who is a seasoned spice lover – had to admit he was glad he didn’t order the hotter version. They ordered the chicken Karahi too which was cooked with fresh tomatoes, green peppers and coriander and I could smell the fresh coriander and juicy green peppers from across the table.
Yes! The restaurant has a mild version of three main dishes including a chicken korma, tikka masala and mixed veg but they also serve fish fingers and plain chicken with chips.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Curry lovers but also those who want to try something slightly different i.e. Nepalese food. It’s great food served in a relaxed atmosphere and large groups are welcome and upstairs you can hire the room for private parties or special occasions
The Damage: Very reasonable. Starters £3.95, mains £7.95, stir-fried duck and Malabar prawn special and some Biryani dishes £12.95 (the most expensive on the menu).