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At Everest you'll find a mix of exotic Nepalese, Korean and Indian dishes prepared with only fresh, healthy ingredients hand-selected by chef Dr. Devi States. The menu is veg friendly and chock-full of organic vegetables: This is very much a health-conscious place, which means no processed foods or butter or heavy creams. Choose from the simple pleasures of mo-mos (steamed pork dumplings from Tibet) to the complex interplays of meat, vegetables and spices that fill daal, bhat, tarkari ra saag (a complete Nepalese meal: rice, meat, vegetables, pickled mango, a lemon wedge and a slice of cucumber). Everest also offers a lunch buffet every day but Monday, and with food this healthy, there's no reason not go back through for a second helping.
Namaste. Greetings and welcome to lunch. Everest's return to the downtown area, now located in the former Union Trust Building on Olive Street just west of Seventh Street, provides patrons with a quick, filling and healthy midday meal. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, Everest does have a full menu with appetizers, soups and salads, and several vegetarian and meat entrees, but their typical diner swarms to the buffet line, which offers the opportunity for Nepalese, Indian and Korean food to tastefully share a plate. Around seven different dishes are available, with typical vegetable options such as korma and kimchi keeping warm next to chicken and noodle trays. White or Nepalese-style fried rice are offered, along with steaming hot naan and a ladle of garlicky, aromatic daal to complement your meal. Diners can also make donations to the Himalayan Family Healthcare Project, dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the people of Nepal.
Flavor of India doesn't veer far from the standard Indian restaurant formula. But that's no complaint. The daily lunch buffet is an excellent value and offers favorites (tandoori chicken, saag paneer) and unusual dishes (goat curry on one visit). Aficionados of Indian cuisine will want to stop in for dinner, though, when Flavor of India offers a wide array of classic Indian dishes along with its stock-in-trade, the milder cuisine of north India (such as kormas rich with nuts and raisins).
Gokul Snacks & Sweets is an all-vegetarian and vegan-friendly Indian restaurant located in Overland. It's the flagship location, with a second Gokul located in the Delmar Loop.
Looking for companionship at lunch? Try these magic words: "Anybody wanna go to House of India?" Within seconds you'll be surrounded by friends and coworkers, all of them near-crazed at the thought of H of I's awesome $6.95 lunch buffet: the piles of chewy, fluffy naan! The fragrant pilau topped with vegetable korma or spicy chicken tikka masala! The veggie samosas, so crunchy-perfect; the smoky, falling-off-the-bone-tender tandoori chicken. The cups of cardamom-kissed chai, the soft bhangra music, the super-helpful (but never intrusive) service. Dinner's great, too.
A welcome change from the standard Indian-restaurant template: This sleek, colorful spot serves up clever modern takes on the timeless cuisine. An Anaheim pepper stuffed with shrimp in a coconut sauce? It's a "Bollywood Popper"! Elsewhere on the menu, the influence of Indian cuisine on Great Britain gets a nod in spicy "Calcutta Fish and Chips." Tandoori-oven offerings are classed up with the spicy, complex and exceptionally tender masadelar lamb chops, and game hen over rice pilau resembles something from a New American bistro. Too far from the familiar? Many of your favorite traditional Indian dishes are also available, both à la carte and as part of the daily lunch buffet.
CLOSED It's a family affair. Owner Zahid Khan and his son Zack work the front of his house, while Khan's wife, Shaheena, and daughter, Nazish, do the cooking. The Khans are originall from Karachi, Pakistan, so be sure to try the nahiri, one of Pakistan's most beloved dishes. It begins with a powerful burst of ginger, lime and cilantro, follows savory meat (beef or lamb), and then finishes with the subtle balance of spice for which the cuisines of Pakistan and India are known. Casual fans of these cuisines will recognize the rest of the menu - naan and tandoori chicken, saag paneer and samosas - all of them well prepared.
You might be tempted to call Pita Plus one of St. Louis' best-kept secrets - until you see the crowds thronging the tiny storefront at lunchtime. You'll still trumpet it as one heckuva value. The gyros are plump with shaved meat and utterly fantastic, the falafel - crisp outside and moist within - could convert the most savage of carnivores to the glories of the chickpea, and the baba gannoujh might be the best in town. Best of all, you and your dining mates can exit Pita Plus completely sated without spending more than $10 apiece.
Raj's Rasoi serves up authentic Indian cuisine in Maryland Heights. Aside from serving up a $6.99 lunch buffet and a full dinner menu, Raj's caters and rents out its spacious banquet hall for special events.
Saffron might not differ much from the standard Indian-restaurant template, but it still affords all the pleasures of a complex cuisine prepared well. Standout dishes include the chef's "signature" biryani: lamb, chicken and vegetables with saffron rice and a blend of spices both comfortingly familiar and alluringly exotic. The kitchen handles lamb very well, whether subtle (lamb rogan josh) or fiery (lamb vindaloo). Vegetarian dishes include creamy palak paneer (spinach with homemade cheese) and a mash of roasted eggplant known as baingan bhartha. The lunch buffet lets you sample more than a few classic Indian dishes, and -- a nice touch -- each table receives its own serving of freshly baked naan.
Taste of India on Hampton Avenue, catty-corner to Tilles Park, boasts a large menu of traditional Indian food, beverages and desserts. In addition to an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, this Indian restaurant in a former Pizza Hut offers several lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrées. Appetizers include vegetable samosas and pakora, as well as papadum, crispy lentil wafers, and marinated and fried ambarsari fish. Patrons can get their tikka masala, meat cooked in a fresh tomato sauce, with either chicken, lamb or fish. Taste of India also features a goat curry and several vegetable entrées, such as masoor dal, lentils with garlic and ginger. Diners can finish off their meal with the sweet treats, including kulfi, a homemade pistachio ice cream, or mango malwa, another ice cream with mango pulp and almonds.
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