Not just your average Indian
We visited last Saturday with a pretty big group of around 15. From the outside maybe not that appealing, the whole place is upstairs so it just looks like one small doorway from outside, you could quite easily walk past and never notice to be honest. When you do find your way inside I have to notice that the appearance factor doesn't really improve. There's nothing wrong with the place per say, everything looks clean and welcoming it just all looks a little dated would be the best way to describe it, still you don't come to a restaurant for the decor I guess. The gentleman who showed us to our table was absolutely lovely, he really took care to talk to each of us and ask if there was anything he could get us (not easy with such a large group), and I have to say all of the staff from start to finish with also very friendly and very welcoming.
First we were given drinks menu's and pretty much all your standard stuff to be honest, decent selection of beers, wines and soft drinks and all priced very reasonably so not really much to talk about there. We started with poppadoms and pickle trays, I've seen a few reviews on here that complain about the pickle trays and I have to kind of agree. You don't get a great deal in the way of portions here and we all ended up eating our poppadoms dry in the end. Onto the actual food now; this place isn't just your typical Indian, there are a fair few Nepalese dishes throughout as well and I think this does give it a slight edge over competitors, I can't think of any other place that you can get Nepalese food (you can also get all of the "traditional" Indian options). I went for the Kaichi Chicken to start, which is basically fried chicken wings served "Nepalese style" according to the menu. Now I've never been to Nepal so I can't confirm the authenticity but to me they were alright, honestly not really that much to shout about they were just fried chicken wings served with a bit of salad, not bad by any means but certainly nothing special. Onto mains now; I had a Daal Makhni (basically a mild lentil curry) with a pilau rice and split a Bombay Aloo with a friend, I really wanted Chapati but could only see Naan on the menu but the waiter said they would make me some anyway (another plus for service there!!) Again the food was all okay, flavoured well and all tasted nice and fresh, only compliments from around the table as well, one thing I really enjoyed is that I can sometimes find this type of cuisine to be quite greasy and this was certainly not a problem at Himalayan Inn, the mains did go some way to redeeming the disappointment I had from the starters. My only slight complaint with the mains was the Bombay Aloo portion size was very small, we did order as a side but literally got two potatoes each so my advice would be if you're planning to order a side to share you might be better to order it as a main.
All in all the food definitely made up for the slightly unappealing look of the place from the street, but the starter was a bit of a let down. The variety that the menu provides goes some way to redeeming this and does mean I will definitely be visiting again as there were numerous dishes I wanted to try, but the real jewel with this place is the service, no other way to describe it than just really nice people! Price wise it was about average, we came in at about 40 each but considering that was two courses, breads, sides and numerous bottles of wine I think the price was about right. Like I said earlier I would definitely visit again, definitely worth a try!