Savor Indian and Nepali food at new restaurant


This article is reprinted from the Utah Eats newsletter, compiled by Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune’s food and drink reporter. To get the newsletter in your inbox every Wednesday, become a subscriber by going to sltrib.com/newsletters.

Hello, Eaters!

This week, I tried out a brand-new spot, Bhansa Ghar, which is an Indian and Nepali restaurant at 250 W. 2100 South, near Home Depot. Thanks to Kelly for the recommendation!

Bhansa Ghar — the name means “house of food” in Nepali — had its soft opening a couple of weeks ago and its grand opening last week, and it seems like the word hasn’t gotten out yet because we were the only customers there on a Saturday night.

But the staff has the food dialed in. Everything we ordered was delicious.

My dining companion and I started with the chicken momos (pictured above), made with a delicate dumpling dough and fried. They were served with a flavorful sauce made with tomatoes, sesame and turmeric.

For my entree, I chose the lamb rogan josh — more on that below.

On the side, I had the onion kulcha, which is an Indian flatbread filled with thinly sliced onions and baked in a tandoor.

I’d like to let some time go by and go back for another visit once the restaurant is more established. I’ll have to save some room for dessert and try the gulab jamun, which, according to the menu, are fried dough balls soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with rose water.

Live deliciously,

Kolbie

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• Four new concepts have opened at The Local Eatery & Bar, a food hall at 310 E. 400 South near the Salt Lake City Main Library: The Salt (NYC-inspired Jewish deli), Enko Ramen (Japanese), Habibi (Mediterranean and Middle Eastern) and Super Chingón (Mexican). These newcomers add to the eateries already under The Local’s roof, including Pokeologist and Pop’s Burgers.

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(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Onion kulcha bread, top left, and lamb rogan josh, middle right, from Bhansa Ghar, a new Indian/Nepali restaurant at 250 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.

For the Dish of the Week, I had to go with Bhansa Ghar’s lamb rogan josh, which was vibrant and bright, great for someone who’s never really eaten lamb before.

Heaped upon long-grain basmati rice, this was spicy comfort food to the max, made with chunks of lamb simmered with yogurt, garlic, onions, ginger, tomatoes and spices, especially Kashmiri red chili and ratan jot (alkanet), which the menu said gives this dish its gorgeous red color.

I’m always happiest when a dish lends itself to being scooped up with bread, and Bhansa Ghar’s lamb rogan josh provided that simple but much-loved experience.



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