New restaurant, Shangrila Himalayan Kitchen, to serve Nepalese food at South Lake Tahoe |

New restaurant, Shangrila Himalayan Kitchen, to serve Nepalese food at South Lake Tahoe

A new restaurant coming to South Lake Tahoe is hoping to fill a gap for diners.

Shangrila Himalayan Kitchen is scheduled to open this month on Ski Run Blvd. and will serve traditional Nepalese food.

Tej Budha moved last year to South Lake Tahoe from San Lorenzo, Calif. because the weather and geography reminded him of his native home, Nepal.

Budha, who had owned a restaurant in Oakland, felt like South Lake Tahoe was lacking in Indian and Nepalese options.

“I wanted to bring Nepal to here,” Budha told the Tribune.

The restaurant, which was the former home to Chimayo, has been transformed to feel a little bit more like Nepal.

Budha painted the walls a bright, warm red, a color he said Nepalese monks wear and is meant to spread the feeling of peace during a meal.

He also brought in a clay oven so he can cook the chicken and bread in a more authentic style. He is transporting spices that are hard to find in the United States from Nepal to give it authenticty.

While the kitchen comes equipped with a deep fryer, Budha prides himself that less than 1% of the food he makes is fried.

“I want the food to be good quality, good quantity and healthy,” Budha said.

Not only is Budha running the restaurant, along with the help of his sister and his wife, he will also be head chef.

He admits he has a lot on his plate. Despite trying to slim down the menu, there are still a wide-variety of options.

In additional to many chicken and seafood options, there is a large vegetarian and vegan section on the menu.

Many of Budha’s dishes are longtime family recipes from his mom and aunt, although he admits he doesn’t make them as well as they do. Budha prides himself on his momo recipe, a type of Nepalese dumpling. He uses mustard oil in the recipe, which his family believes has many health benefits.

The restaurant also serves traditional Tibetan tea, which has salt instead of sugar. He said it would be good to warm people up on a cold, snowy day.

There isn’t an official opening date set, but Budha is hoping to have Shangrila open the second week of November.

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