6HWbNHN-show-poster2x3-c7tgE2Y.png

Artbound

Start watching
MJ250sC-show-poster2x3-Bflky7i.png

Tending Nature

Start watching
Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

Start watching
Earth Focus

Earth Focus

Start watching
5LQmQJY-show-poster2x3-MRWBpAK.jpg

Reporter Roundup

Start watching
City Rising

City Rising

Start watching
Lost LA

Lost LA

Start watching
Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

The Best Himalayan Restaurants in Los Angeles

Support Provided By
Yak momo from Tibet Nepal House | Photo by Clarissa Wei
Yak momo from Tibet Nepal House | Photo by Clarissa Wei

The term 'Himalayan cuisine" is awfully broad. It's used in reference to type of food made by the countries hugging the 1,500 mile-long mountain range. That includes Tibet, Nepal, and the northern edge of India.

Even so, the cuisine is hard to come by in the Southland. There are only a small handful of Himalayan cafes -- most of them owned by Nepalese immigrants.

Defining characteristics: an abundant use of yak, barley, mutton, and spices. While yak may be unconventional, it's more sustainable than cows: The animals require less food than cattle and the taste isn't too far off from beef.

Overall, the food is extremely hearty. The Himalayas, after all, iare a mountain range with extreme winters and mild summers. The people need the extra meat and potatoes.

Tara's Himalayan | Photo Credit: Tara's Himalayan
Tara's Himalayan | Photo Credit: Tara's Himalayan

Tara's Himalayan Cuisine
Tara's is a Himalayan dumpling specialist. The dumplings are called momos, and have a stickier and drier consistency than their Chinese counterparts. Shaped like crescent moons, they can be filled with yak or chicken or vegetables. The highlight is the tomato achaar dipping sauce, a pleasant combination of ripe tomatoes, red chilies, mustard seeds, and fresh ginger. Tara's sources their spices from Nepal and the yak is born and raised in Colorado.10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034; (310) 836-9696.

Yak chili | Photo by Clarissa Wei
Yak chili | Photo by Clarissa Wei

Tibet Nepal House
The yak chili is the star dish at Tibet Nepal House, which has been a Pasadena tenant since 2001. It's a funky stir-fry of yak meat, green chili, bell pepper, onions, and tomato -- intensified with a layer of spices. While great by itself, it's even better over long-grain steamed rice. Yak is all over the menu. It's in the momos, stews, and meatballs. Try to get here at lunch. They have a buffet on weekdays until 3 p.m. 36 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103; (626) 585-0955.

Momos | Photo by Clarissa Wei
Momos | Photo by Clarissa Wei

Himalayan Cafe
If anything, Himalayan Cafe skews more Indian, but it's a great entry point for people who don't want to dive head-on into traditional Himalayan food. Start with the momo as an appetizer and then finish the evening off with kheer, a Nepali-style rice pudding seasoned with cardamom and nuts. 36 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 564-1560.

Support Provided By
Read More
Locals walk along the coast of Victoria Beach as the medieval looking tower stands over them.

Five SoCal Beaches for More Than Just Sand and Surf

While most people hit the ocean to catch a wave, here are five SoCal beaches that offer more than just the typical surf and sand.
The landscape at Whitewater Preserve

Where to Explore the Coachella Valley Outdoors (Before It Gets Too Hot)

Whether you’re an off-roader, a two-legged trekker or even an earthquake tourist, here are five great outdoor destinations in the Coachella Valley — no festival pass needed.
Exterior of the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

12 Fascinating Bikeable Spots to Explore in WeHo’s Rainbow District

Whether you’ve got your own wheels or need to borrow some, here are some fascinating points of interest along the first mile of West Hollywood — from intriguing public art to a cornucopia of architectural styles, and even some rock and roll history.