Northwest Austin eatery features a taste of the Himalayas

Vegetable chow mein ($9.99)
Limbu makes a traditional Chinese dish made from egg noodles with a Nepali street-style sauce. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vegetable chow mein ($9.99) Limbu makes a traditional Chinese dish made from egg noodles with a Nepali street-style sauce. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Vegetable chow mein ($9.99) Limbu makes a traditional Chinese dish made from egg noodles with a Nepali street-style sauce. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Chili chicken momo ($9.99) Owner Devi Bhetuwal said his restaurant is the only place to order this version of the Nepali dumpling in Austin. The dish is available on the weekends. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Chili chicken momo ($9.99) Owner Devi Bhetuwal said his restaurant is the only place to order this version of the Nepali dumpling in Austin. The dish is available on the weekends. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Chicken tikka masala ($9.99) Head chef Bhim Limbu also serves Indian fare, such as a chicken tikka masala dish made with a creamy tomato base. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Himalaya Kosheli is located in Northwest Austin off Spicewood Springs Road at US 183. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Himalayan goat curry ($13.99) One of Himalaya Kosheli’s signature dishes, made with bone-in goat meat and a medley of Nepali spices, is available every day on the restaurant’s lunch buffet line. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hidden away in a shopping center located off Research Boulevard, Himalaya Kosheli owner Devi Bhetuwal wagers his restaurant may be the sole place to find several ethnic Nepali dishes throughout Austin.

“There are many things we serve [other restaurants don’t serve], like choila,” Bhetuwal said. “We serve some of the most authentic Nepali food.”

Now just over a year old, Himalaya Kosheli dishes out cultural cuisine from Bhetuwal’s native Nepal. Bhetuwal opened the restaurant alongside his longtime friend and compatriot Bhim Limbu, who has taken over as head chef after a decade of experience cooking at other local Indian cuisine establishments, Saffron and Bombay Bistro.

“[Limbu] said, ‘Let’s go and start [a restaurant] together,’” Bhetuwal said. “I wouldn’t open the restaurant if I didn’t have a very good chef. That’s why I came in. He’s a very good chef.”

Limbu now sends several dishes originally from the Himalayas out of his kitchen, including variations of momo, a Nepali dumpling. While other restaurants in Austin may serve momo, Bhetuwal said Limbu is the only chef making chili chicken and chili vegetable dumplings.


Himalaya Kosheli also serves sekuwa, which Bhetuwal reports as his personal favorite dish. Sekuwa is marinated and barbecued meat or vegetables on a skewer, and the restaurant offers options such as lamb or mushroom.

Diners curious about Nepali cuisine can further dive into the menu with Limbu’s chicken, lamb or vegetable choila, which is a marinated, spiced and grilled dish native to the Kathmandu region of Nepal.

The restaurant offers a daily lunch buffet that features many of the restaurant’s Nepali dishes, such as its Himalayan goat curry, as well as traditional Indian fare, including butter chicken and chana masala. From Friday to Sunday, Bhetuwal said the restaurant adds a rotating dish to its buffet.

Himalaya Kosheli also adds special dish offerings on the weekend, including lamb Manchurian, a sweet and peppery Chinese dish.

8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 148, Austin

512-582-0157

www.koshelihimalaya.com

Hours: Tue.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; closed Mon.
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By Iain Oldman

Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.


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