Monday, October 01, 2018

Kathmandu Kitchen

Chicken Samosa, Chicken Tikka Masala, Bindi Masala (okra), and rice
I knew Mr Minx was a keeper after he referred to his first taste of Indian food as "comfort food." His palate had led a sheltered life, and I was afraid that the bold spices used in much of the food of the Asian subcontinent would be too much for him.

Since that day nearly 20 years ago, we have eaten a lot of Indian food together. That first meal was at Jai Hind, one of the first Indian restaurants in the area, now no longer around. We ate at multiple locations of Bombay Grill (also gone), and Akbar. India Palace in Cockeysville was our go-to for a while, before a meal of bad food and worse service chased us away forever. We then needed a new place to get our fix of lamb saag and chicken tikka masala, and it took a while to find it.

Though I had eaten at and enjoyed Kathmandu Kitchen once or twice in the several years they've been around, I never became a regular customer. Recently I discovered that they delivered. For free. Sign me up, baby! While multi-restaurant delivery apps are convenient and all that, I'm not all that willing to pay $3 or $4 or $6(!) on top of the cost of food and a tip to the restaurants that use them. There are other Indian restaurants in town that deliver, and we've tried many of them. Most were a big disappointment. But Kathmandu Kitchen has pleased us every time.

One of my favorite items to order are the chicken samosas. Typical lamb or potato samosas are fine, but I really enjoy the flavors of Kathmandu Kitchen's chicken-filled ones. I'm also a fan of the chili chicken, which is somewhat like a South Asian sweet-and-sour dish, but with more tang than sugar and a nice hit of heat.

Chicken Chili Momo
The same sauce is also available on momo, the gyoza-like dumplings popular in Nepal and other parts of South Asia. The "house special" section of the menu offers other momo, including lamb-, chicken-, and vegetable-filled, either steamed or deep-fried, along with more unfamiliar Nepalese dishes like sadeko chicken and alu achar.

We've tried several other Indian-style dishes at Kathmandu Kitchen, from chicken tikka masala to lamb saag, baigan bharta (eggplant) to vindi masala (okra), tandoori chicken, and several varieties of flat bread. Everything has been uniformly delicious.

Sheesh kabob
I think the only complaint I've had is about the sheesh kabob, which when we had it was a bit salty and not as tender as it could be. Still, it tasted good. As a little bonus, the tandoori dishes come with a side container of masala sauce, in case you want to turn your tikka into that creamy and delicious dish of British origins.

We've been quite happy with our delivery from Kathmandu Kitchen for a couple of years now. If you're in the Towson area, we think you will be, too.

Kathmandu Kitchen
22 W Allegheny Ave
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 847-9595

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