An acclaimed Nepali restaurant from Irving is branching out with new location opening this summer. Everest Indian & Himalayan Restaurant, which has been serving a wide range of Nepali and Indian dishes at its Irving location since 2008, will open a second branch in Plano, at 2300 Mcdermott Rd., in what used to be Holy Frijoles Mexican restaurant.
Everest is known for momo dumplings, which can be ordered steamed or fried, with filling options that include chicken, goat, and veggie. They also have thalis, like a sampler plate, with rice and curries, which are available Indian- or Nepali-style, in versions that include vegetarian, goat, chicken, and lamb.
Everest's massive menu also includes uncommon dishes, such as boneless goat head, deep-fried with Himalayan spices, and Asian items from the other side of the Himalayas, such as sweet and sour chicken, Szechwan noodles, and egg rolls.
There are skewered meats and vegetarian options such as lentils, okra, and mushroom mutter, with mushroom and green peas cooked in a mild onion gravy with touch of cream.
Prices are cheap, with most dishes coming in at $7 to $9.
Co-owner Prashant Giri says that they chose Plano because of the strong Indian community in the Plano and Allen area.
At the Plano location, they'll serve the dishes for which Everest is known, but in a setting that's slightly elevated from the modest, funky atmosphere of the Irving original.
It will also incorporate elements from Peak Restaurant & Bar, an Irving restaurant they opened two years ago that's a sibling to Everest but with more of a sports bar theme.
Yelp reviewers who view Everest kindly skip over the decor, reserving their praise for the food as well as its friendly BYOB policy.
"This is going to be a restaurant with a bar that will take the best elements from Everest and combine them with the atmosphere from Peak," Giri says.