Nov. 29, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
A new Nepalese restaurant focusing on traditional foods opened in Jackson Heights last week.
Bamboo House and Bar, owned by four Nepali immigrants, held its grand opening at its 76-03 37th Ave. venue on Nov. 20.
Diners at the 70-seat restaurant can enjoy dishes like Dal Maharani, a traditional Nepali soup with slow fire cooked black lentils, and Thali, a platter of rice and mixed vegetables and spices.
The restaurant also offers several mainstay Indian dishes like chicken Tikka Masala and vindaloo.
Khem Bhatta, Bamboo House and Bar’s managing partner and first-time restaurant owner, said his business offers stand-out service in its keeping with tradition.
“What makes us different is that we respect our Nepali culture and traditions,” Bhatta said. “It shows in what we practice, even in the traditional style of service we provide.”
Bhatta, who previously sold handcrafted woodwork at street fairs in Manhattan, has lived in Jackson Heights for 14 years, and opened the restaurant with three other partners–Mohan Gyawali, Nebaraj KC, and Krishna Thamala, the executive chef.
Thamala comes with 13 years experience as a chef at an Indian restaurant in Nantucket.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a buffet style brunch option on the weekends. The owners also say they are working to bring live music to the restaurant soon.
The restaurant has also applied for a liquor license.