We were spending two days in Rapid City to see the monuments with our friends who were visiting from South America. I did a lot of research before we left and came prepared with a "short list" of possible restaurants to try on the trip. Everest Cuisine was high on my list just because I wanted our friends to try Nepalese/Indian food since they don't have those types of restaurant options where they live.
We had time for lunch on our second day and we put Everest Cuisine into our GPS and headed down Main Street to try to locate it. We actually passed by the first time and had to turn around because the sign was rather small. My husband was skeptical about eating there. We love Indian/Nepalese food, but our friends aren't familiar with the flavors and they especially don't like spicy food.
We parked and I ran inside to ask about the spiciness level of the food. When I opened the door my nose was immediately in heaven. The aroma inside the restaurant was enough to make me sit down immediately and leave everyone else outside in the car! It smelled heavenly with many delicate layers of cumin, cinnamon, and curry...yum! At the time I didn't know the man at the cash register was the owner. I asked him about how spicy the food was and he said we should get the buffet that it was very, very mild and would be perfect for our friends. So I headed back out to bring everyone inside.
All of us got the buffet and it included absolutely everything. Naan, papadums, tamarind sauce, chutneys, fresh veggies, rice, and 3 vegetarian as well as 3 meat options. There was also rice pudding for dessert and hot masala chai tea you could sweeten to your liking.
From the first bite we could tell they really cook there. So many places just have what I like to call the "Pegler-Sysco Flavor" of mass production. One of the meats in the buffet was goat (which happens to be one of my favorite meats) and I knew they weren't buying goat meat from a restaurant supplier! It was real food and it was so fantastic. I would drive the 7 hours back to Rapid City just to eat at Everest Cuisine.
I think it's so easy for even ethnic restaurants to fall into the trap of mass produced food so easily obtained through restaurant supply companies. It was such a treat to find a place that did real cooking.
As we were leaving I had a lovely conversation with the man I now know is the owner. He was so sweet and cheerful. I appreciate meeting people who are always quick to smile and wish you a good day. Thank you so much for a great experience and we are looking forward to coming back as soon as we can!
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