It’s OK to be a little overwhelmed by the choices at Namaste at 8 E. Broughton in Savannah. The restaurant brought Nepalese cuisine from the foothills of Himalayas to historic Savannah. Non-Nepalese-aficionados, like myself, might have a lot of questions about the flavor combinations. That being said, after trying a couple, it’s hard to go wrong. When I called, I was told that the chicken tikka masala option was the most popular. This creamy, spiced curry made with tomato and hunks of chicken served over basmati rice was mild and flavorful. It is a great place to start if you want to experience the flavors of the Himalayas. Next I tried the saag which is a creamy spinach puree and aloo ghobi which is a potato and cauliflower curry. All of which were spiced perfectly and made a great bite scooped up with a piece of garlic naan. For dessert I tried the kheer, I was expecting more of a traditional rice pudding consistency and instead this is definitely more of a liquid consistency with a small amount of rice.
Namaste creates some pretty great food. I spent around $45 dollar but the offerings were enough for plenty of leftovers throughout the week. Never having been to Nepal, I can’t vouch for the authenticity of Namaste’s Tuesday Takeout, however I now have a new appreciation of the Nepalese spices and am already planning a return trip to try the traditional dumpling called momo.
Trying different cuisines is a gateway into different cultures, which only adds to the experience. So grab some friends, try an array of traditional Nepalese dishes and add a little spice into your life.