I’m not a big take-out or food delivery person. It’s usually either cook at home or go out for me. But on a recent Saturday night, delivery seemed like just the thing. So I decided to try a restaurant that’s been on my list for a while, Yak & Yeti, and as soon as I called, I knew it was going to be good.
For starters, the woman on the phone called me honey in a grandmotherly sort of way repeatedly. I was charmed. Then the person who actually delivered the food was incredibly nice. Maybe it’s because this came on the heels of the Boston Marathon bombings, but their little kindnesses went a long way.
Now, to the food. Yak & Yeti serves both Nepali and Indian food and we ordered a bit of both, though mostly stuck to the Indian menu this time. We kicked the meal off with vegetable pakora and vegetable mo-mo, both of which were very flavorful. The whole meal came with lots of tasty sauces and condiments, which we used on everything and really enjoyed.
The garlic naan was pretty standard and next time I think I’d order the Peshawari naan (white four bread stuffed with coconut, cashews and raisins baked in tandoor) to mix it up a bit. I was excited to see lots of lentil dishes on the menu and the dal makhani did not disappoint. It was full of flavor from the ginger, garlic and other spices.
One of my favorite Indian dishes is biryani (spiced basmati rice cooked with vegetables and nuts and served with a yogurt sauce) so I had to order it. The rice was fluffy, spiced well and had generous portions of nuts and vegetables mixed throughout. But the dish that really stole the show was the aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes cooked with ginger, garlic and onion in a light tomato sauce). It was simply delicious.
We had a lot of leftovers and they were just as good for lunch the next day. I’d love to actually eat at Yak & Yeti next time and try some more of their dishes. The menu is vast, so there’s a lot of exploring to do!
Images courtesy of The Welcome Project and YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City.