The heights of Nepal meet the prairies of Minnesota at Everest on Grand. If you are willing to wait for a table and it is in season you can taste yak cooked in a traditional tandoor ($19.95), a coal-heated oven that yields a high dry heat and imparts a smoky nuance that complements the marinade. The yak, when available, comes from Hoopers’ Christmas Tree Ranch in Cold Spring, MN. The combination of locally raised grass-fed yak and the traditional Nepali oven is a unique and pleasing collaboration.
Yak, lamb, chicken, and pork are all available roasted in the tandoor and served on a bed of green peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Proteins including shrimp, tilapia, and goat are available in other dishes. Distinctive ingredients such jack-fruit buds and paneer-style cheese also make appearances.
Momo, Nepali steamed dumplings (above), are available in full or half orders ($4.80 or $8), making them convenient as an appetizer or entrée. The dumplings come with a choice of meat, vegetables, herbs, spices, and dipping sauce.
Chai tea at Everest on Grand is unlike the rich, sweet 20-oz. caffeine buzz that you get at Starbucks. Served on a saucer with sugar on the side, their chai is called chiya ($3) — it consists of Assam breakfast tea brewed in water and milk, which allows the taste of the tea to shine through. The restaurant’s mango lassi ($4) is homemade yogurt blended with mango pulp and spice — the natural sweetness of the mango pureed to a silky consistency provides a refreshing break to the intense spice and curry of the tandoor-cooked meats.
Nepalese on Grand Ave
1278 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
OWNER: Padam Sherma
BAR: Bottled beer and wine.
ENTREE RANGE: Lunch $8-12; Dinner $8-22