Newa Taste of Nepal and India -- Mo' Mo Mos and More for the TL (San Francisco)

While on a field reconnaissance of the Tenderloin (see my Eden Silk Road post), I dropped in on a new little gem recently discovered by Yelpers, Newa Taste of Nepal and India. It was 4:00 and I knew Ju Ju had already cooked up a bunch of stuff for my dinner, so I contented myself with an order of Momos. One yelper had mentioned that Newa had the same owner as nearby Red Chilli, and I had had the steamed chicken momos there, so I asked for the fried momos. [In fact Red Chilli and Newa have different owners of record on their Fictitious Businesss Statements, so Newa may in fact be a spinoff.]

My fried momos turned out to be chicken as well, and deep fried, though they were not overly greasy. The chicken was well seasoned (better than I recalled in Red Chilli’s momos) and the supplied orange-ish colored dip (also different from Red Chilli’s) had a nice heat level to it.

There are four momo offerings at Newa: steamed chicken, vegetable, fried (chicken) and something called C-Mo: Mo, which, according to the young woman at the register, are also chicken momos with a savory topping. That’s something I’ll definitely try on my next visit.

The establishment’s name, Newa, refers to the indigenous people of the Katmandu Valley, and to a cuisine (also called Newari) which is a subset of Tibetan cusine. In fact, only one dish on the menu is called out as Newari, Newari Khaja, which appears to be a Thali-like mixed platter. Overall, it looks to my uneducated (in this culinary area) eye to be a typical Nepali cum Indian affair, with a small Nepali menu and a vast array of Indian goodies.

The place is small and takeout oriented, with only two hand-made shareable wooden tables. I’d suggest visiting off-peak if you want to eat onsite.

Newa Taste of Nepal and India
407 Ellis St. at Jones St.
The Tenderloin, San Francisco

Always nice reports Soup… . Thanks for all your food info in the city . Also a shout out to Hyper …

I talked to the owner of Red Chilli yesterday (Roshawn sp?), and he was at Newa, so it is in fact the same owners.

Roshan Pradhan is indeed listed as owner of Newa but Gyandip Lama was listed as owner of Red Chilli in 2013. Maybe there was an interim change in ownership of Red Chilli which accounts for the difference (improvement?) in the momos.

[Edit: Both names are on the liquor license for Red Chilli, so I guess they are partners]

Regardless, I’ve seen Roshan many times at Red Chilli, and he told me in person that they are both owned by the same people.

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