Two weekends ago Kim and I headed over to Everest on Grand in St Paul for dinner. We had originally planned on using up one of the “gift certificates” we had from a restaurants.com deal but realized that it was Saturday and it was not valid that day. We only ate two small dishes and while it was a fantastic meal, I didn’t feel that we ate enough to give a well rounded review. So after talking to Kim’s cousin Laura on Friday when we had her over for dinner at our house, we decided to meet for a Sunday lunch at Everest on Grand for the official review.
We arrived at the restaurant just after noon on Sunday and it was setup for their lunch buffet. It appeared that the majority of people eating on Sunday were there for the buffet as I only noticed one or two other dishes being delivered to the tables by the waitstaff. While Kim and I had a basic idea of what we wanted, we waited while Laura took a look over the unfamiliar menu and made her choice.
Kim and I had decided that we would try their combo meals as they offered a nice selection of food as well as some sides to go with the main courses. Kim went with their Ramtoria (okra) and their Palak Paneer and I went with the chicken-tikka-masaala and the kabuli chana (chick-pea curry). Laura, not being a fan of curries in general, decided on their vegetable Chau-Chau (more or less stir fry) instead. While on our first visit we were waited on nearly hand and foot by the staff, on Sunday we were not. In fact, if I hadn’t gone there once before I would have said that the service was a joke. On our Saturday visit my glass was constantly being filled and our meals arrived quickly. Unfortunately yesterday we had exactly the opposite experience. After waiting over 40 minutes for our food to arrive (they didn’t deliver any of the sides either which would have been a good idea IMO) I assumed that it was due to the buffet setup they weren’t prepared for two people to come in and order such large meals. I suppose that YMMV there.
Our meal came out and it’s served family style which made it easy to share dishes between us. As I said above, I wished they had brought out the daal and achar first as both would have saved room on our table and tided me over before the big meal!
Laura’s dish looked and tasted very much like stir fry and she said that she enjoyed it. Both Kim and I tried it and while it was good, it wasn’t something I’d order in the future as it’s something I could get at any Asian restaurant in town. As I have mentioned before, you can tell Laura’s interest level in a dish when she asks for a box to take it home with her — something that she did after we were done eating.
Kim’s palak paneer was good and when we had it the week before she said that it was even better than what she had at Sambol in Eagan several months ago and she said that her okra was also very good as well. When I tried the okra I found it to have very hard and sharp pieces of stem in the dish, something which was not pleasant to bite down upon without any warning. Kim never once complained about so I guess I was just being punished by some external forces ;-)
My dishes were fantastic. On our first visit when I asked for it to be “very spicy” (their hottest offering) the waitress said something along the lines of, “I don’t want you crying when it comes out and it’s too spicy.” Kim assured here that I wouldn’t have any problems eating whatever they had to offer. It certainly wasn’t too hot and I asked for extra heat this time to which they provided me with some sort of habanero hot sauce on the side. The chicken masaala was very good but the meat was a bit on the dry side even though it was sitting in the curry sauce. It wouldn’t be something I’d have again just due to the price and the fact that their vegetarian options are so very good but it’s something I’d recommend you have if you’re not a vegetable person. Both the kabuli chana that I had yesterday and the Chinese eggplant dish I had on our first visit were absolutely awesome. After eating them I said to Kim, “I want to go back right now and eat some more.”
The combo meals also came with the choice of dessert which we took one of each. Kim’s dessert (I don’t remember what it’s called) was explained to us as resembling a pretzel which is coated in a sweet syrup. I went with their rice pudding. After a short wait both came out. Kim’s did indeed look something like a pretzel and she said it tasted like a sweet funnel cake. My rice pudding was what I expected but it had some additional spices which made it a bit different than what I had when I tried it at various other Indian-style restaurants. We were both quite pleased with the desserts and even Laura, who tried Kim’s, said it was good.
Because we had so much food we had plenty of leftovers which we were happy to take home with us. Kim ate hers for lunch today and I had mine for a snack yesterday during the Vikings game. They were just as good as leftovers as they were for the actual meal so don’t worry if it’s just too much food for you.
I have to say that Everest on Grand comes very highly recommended by both me and Kim. According to the article in the Pioneer Press, she gets three words and for Everest on Grand they are: “Yummy, yummy, yummy.” I think that sums it up pretty well…
Have you ever eaten at Everest on Grand or have you tried Tibetan or Nepalese food anywhere else and have a suggestion of another location we can try (I know of Namaste Cafe’ and the Himalayan)? What did you think? Comment on, I’d love to hear your suggestions and thoughts!
Everest on Grand
1278 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
See all the pictures from Everest on Grand on Flickr here.