Peak Performance

Having moved from downtown to the Grove, Everest scales new heights.

Speaking of which, though the menu seems long, many of your choices are variations on a theme. There is, for example, chicken tarkari, chicken tarkari with spinach and chicken tarkari with mixed vegetables. Same with lamb. (There are also a few Korean dishes; States' wife, Connie, is Korean-American.)

I tried the chicken daal, bhat, tarkari ra saag, which the menu explains is a complete Nepali meal; if you've ordered the thali platter at an Indian restaurant, this will look familiar. Rice is served in the center of your platter; in separate compartments around it are your choice of meat, vegetables, pickled mango, lentil soup and individual slices of lemon and cucumber. The chicken was tender; in this case I detected cinnamon above the other spices. The lentil soup is wonderfully garlicky. Our server suggested using it as a sauce for the rice, and this became the highlight of the meal. Pickled mango adds a sharp note to whatever you pair it with.

Maybe the most well known of Everest's dishes are the mo-mos. These hail from Tibet, which is squeezed (literally and, sadly, politically) between Nepal and China, and are an excellent way to begin your meal. Seasoned ground pork is steamed inside a delicate dumpling. On the side is achar, a lovely sauce, rich and pungent, that elevates the mo-mo from snack to the sort of dish you should go out of your way to try.

Everest Café owner Devi Gurung States, MSW, MPH, DHSc with his wife and co-owner, Connie States.
Jennifer Silverberg
Everest Café owner Devi Gurung States, MSW, MPH, DHSc with his wife and co-owner, Connie States.

Location Info

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Everest Café & Bar

4145 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63110

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: St. Louis - Forest Park Southeast

Details

Everest Café & BarMeat mo-mo$6 Gorkhali chicken$10.50 Chicken daal, bhat, tarkari ra saag$12.50 Lamb sekuwa$14.50
4145 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-4800. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dinner 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 5-10 p.m. Thu.-Sat. (Bar open till 1:30 a.m. Thu.-Sat.)

Fortunately, the trip from Washington Avenue to the Grove won't take you very long.

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