Shades Of Words

Eating Out in St. Louis – I


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


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

8 thoughts on “Eating Out in St. Louis – I

  1. Too bad Shnagila was a disappointment, the decor in the photo is fantastic 🙂

  2. I think one of the things I love the most about visiting the USA is the wonderful choice of eating places. I really miss that.

  3. Stefanie – yes it was the prettiest little place. The fire hydrant outside the restaurant was painted in funky colors too!
    Cath – Hi ..thanks for dropping by! I would anyday trade my gastronomical experiences here with the old world charm of england 🙂

  4. Wow i love our blog profile picture… its looks so perfect 🙂

  5. I mean “your”…not our 😛

  6. Yes…I am trying to rotate the pics every few weeks with our original photos!!

  7. It’s been so long since I had momos. I like your review of Everest cafe n bar

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