I love eating out and though some of my favorites are chain restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, Maggianos and Uno Chicago Grill, I am always on the lookout for small quaint one of a its kind eateries.
Shangrila Diner – No, this is not a Chinese food place. Located on the Historic Cherokee Street, this little diner serves vegetarian food and is famous for its Sunday buffet breakfast. Atleast thats what I heard.We reached there around 11.00 am on a very cold Sunday morning. Shangrila Diner scores full on ambience. Not classy at all but full marks for funky. The psychedelic themes run through the restaurant right from the celing fans to the shell curtains and colorful chairs. “Shangrila”, you realize, stands for the paradise, the kind you get when you are on dope :)!!
The food however was a disappointment – the buffet spreadout was a total of 8-10 items. It did not include juice, or sandwhiches or cake. The most tasty item on the spread was the veggie quiche. I had read absoultely raving reviews of this place and was surprised to find the food just average. Maybe we were there at the wrong time or maybe we should have ordered ala carte. Would I recommend this to anyone? Well only if you are in the neighbourhood.
Location: 2201 Cherokee Street,st. Louis Hole in the pocket : $10-$15 per person
Everest Cafe and Bar – Friends of ours are big fans of momos or what may be more commonly known as pork dumplings. These east asian delicacies are commonly found in all hill stations in India and are hence sorely missed on this side of the world.The idea of eating genuine momos was too tempting to resist. Soon we found ourselves in this little restaurant with decidely oriental theme. The menu is a mix of Nepali, Indian, Tibetan and Korean dishes. We were delighted to see that they had vegetable samosas ( deep fried spicy potato stuffings) and ordered a plate right away. We obviously ordered a portion of pork and veggie dumplings each. The veggie momos were a disaster with mashed potatoes and cheese in them. Typically they are supposed to have cabbage and carrots!! The pork dumplings were however delicious. And the samosas were perfect – I felt I was back in India. For the main course we decided to order the Nepali platter “Daal,Bhaat, Tarkaari ka Saag” – a dish comprising of lentil soup, pickles, cooked chicken and rice.
I really really liked it.
I would recommend this place to anyone looking for genuine east asian cuisine.
The menu at Everest Cafe and Bar is vast and would cater to most. I would definitely like to try some of the Korean options next time!!
Location: 4145 Manchester ave , St Louis : Hole in the Pocket: $40 per couple