Himalayan Restaurant opens a second location in Fridley

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The original Himalayan Restaurant on East Franklin.
Naveen Shrestha, a native of Nepal, is expanding his restaurant portfolio. The executive chef and co-owner of the Highland Cafe & Bakery in St. Paul and the Himalayan Restaurant on East Franklin in Minneapolis recently took over the former India House in Fridley, on Central Avenue just south of 694, and opened a second Himalayan on January 1.

"We wanted to start out our new year on the right foot," he explained when the Hot Dish called to check in.

Shrestha says the original Himalayan, which he opened three years ago, has been doing well, and the idea to open a second location came from his customers. "They said to me, 'Hey, there's no Nepalese restaurants in the suburbs,'" he explains. When a customer tipped him off to the availability of the former India Palace space, Shrestha says, he liked Central Avenue's assortment of ethnic restaurants--and the fact that it lacked something similar to what he was doing. "It's a very nice neighborhood," he says, "but there's no Nepalese out there. I thought somebody should open a Nepalese restaurant. Why not me?"

The new space is slightly larger, capable of seating about 120 people. The menu replicates the one at the Minneapolis Himalayan--of course with the famous momos, including ones filled with yak--but also includes some new dishes. (Shrestha's brother and sister-in-law, Pravin and Neelima Shrestha, are running the front and back of the house, respectively, at the Minneapolis location.) Shrestha added a few Indian biryanis and chicken makhani (butter chicken), favorite dishes of the former chef-owner Joginder Cheema, who passed on the recipes. He soon hopes to add thukpa, a hearty Tibetan noodle soup with lots of spices and vegetables.

Himalayan Restaurant II
765 53rd Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55421
763.586.9800


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Sydnita99
Sydnita99

We have already eaten here about three times and every meal has been served elegantly and tastes delicious.  The staff is very knowledgable about which ingredients are in every dish.

HomeCookMealStyle
HomeCookMealStyle

I am a regular customer at the himalayan fridley location...and boy was i surprised to see so much changes (good changes) within a week of going back to the restaurant. The restaurant vibe is awesome, warm and inviting and the food presentation is very upscale. A place u definitely want to take any guest to for a eat out. Had a chance to meet the owner (sabine) and was delighted to be informed that they were going to have an extensive menu and better varities by the beginning of next month. Can't wait to see what other delicious dishes they will cook up!!!

Never go back!
Never go back!

None of the items i tried were fresh at all. Servere was rude and food was tasteless. This is my least fav restaurant and might not go back at all.

Kevin
Kevin

Went there last week, had yak momo (server recommended),damn they were delicious....Had chicken cholola it was hot & spicy...didn't care much for their tea...can't wait to go back...that damn momo, I can still taste it...Yes,they do have buffet during the lunch....I believe....

1lostball
1lostball

Do they have a lunch buffet?

Newbombturks2000
Newbombturks2000

My wife and I went out to dinner Saturday night thinking we were going to the India House in Fridley. When we got there we discovered the name change. No problem. Many of the same employeees. I missed my Chicken Josh but the Biryani was great and my wife was very happy with the goat curry. Nice place if you're craving something a little different and don't want to drive all the way downtown

Rightword
Rightword

If it's anything like the original Himalayan Restaurant on Franklin Avenue, it will be great.

Nikki
Nikki

ive already tried the food.....ANd ITS AWESOME!!!!!

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