Chulo is a Nepali/Indian place that I believe is about a year old, and took the place of a dreadful pan-Asian restaurant that had been there for years. We tried it for the first time tonight. I have had Nepali food before, but not in quite a while, and we ordered from that side of the menu. We had:
- Chicken chili Momo: Chicken Dumplings served in the Chef’s special chili sauce with red onions, and three types of bell peppers.
- Veg Mo:Mo
- Dumplings stuffed with cabbage, carrot and Nepali spices, wrapped in flour dough and steamed, served with Nepalese Chutney.
- Waiwai Sedeko: “Nepali noodles mixed with ginger, garlic, green chili, red chili, lemon, green onions, cilantro and Szechuan pepper” This one was…interesting. It tasted very strongly of Szechuan peppercorns, but did not have much of the tingle/numbing. The flavor was almost overpowering, in a floral/soapy kind of way.
- Black chickpeas cooked with onions, scallions and cilantro and served with beaten rice. This was a small portion appetizer, but a hit with everyone. “Beaten rice” means flattened crispy rise, which came in a separate container and added a nice texture.
- Lamb Sekuwa. Simple cubes of grilled lamb, marinated in mustard oil, chili, lime and Nepali spices. Served with puffed rice. I liked this one, some thought it was salty.
The spice combinations and rice preparations they use are really pretty unique, and worth trying if you haven’t had Nepali food before. Other than maybe the noodles, I would get everything else again, and I’m eager to try the rest of their menu, including some of the familiar northern Indian dishes.