I had watched a Dumplings Around Asia video on Youtube, where I first heard about momo’s. I’m a huge fan of asian cuisine, and eat food that follows an Eastern diet: a diet that's low in red meat and animal-based fats, yet rich in whole grains, fruits + vegetables, and seafood. Anyway, back to the Dumplings Around Asia video. When the momo demonstration came on screen, I loved the idea of Indian spice being incorporated into a dumpling. Dumpling is not only delicious, but it is such a cute concept too; all of your ingredients combined in one lil pillow.
I’m a camp counselor, and a few of my campers this year were Nepali. Day in and day out, we often talked about Nepali food- including momo’s. One afternoon, when one of my campers moms picked him up, I asked her where I could find good, Nepali cuisine. That’s when she pointed me in the direction of Dawa’s.
As always, I visited Dawa’s with my best friend Victoria. She had never had Nepali food either and was down to try. The menu was small, but not small enough where it felt as if there were no options. In addition to their Himalayan inspired cuisine, they had some contemporary American fare. They also serve brunch, which I am intrigued to try.
Victoria had decided on the chicken momo and vegetable stir-fried noodle with egg, while I chose the vegetable momo, and the buttercup toasted wild chive stew. The momos were everything I could dream of and more! The vegetable momo has yu-choy green, potatoes, and spices. The sauce that is served underneath the momo’s is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth! As for the buttercup toasted wild chive stew, I was pleasantly surprised. The stew was so simple, yet flavorful and filling. I put some of the buttercup squash into the buckwheat crepe, while also dipping the crepe into the broth. It inspired me to create similar dishes at home. Writing about all this food is making my mouth water!
Aside from how delicious everything was, the presentation of the restaurant, as well as the dishes themselves were so visually appealing. I love stoneware ceramics, and I feel as if it complemented the dishes nicely and added to the comfort aspect of the place. The decor of the place- plants everywhere, with an exposed brick wall and mismatched (yet complementing) furniture- was very cute, and homey. I feel like this would be an excellent date night spot. Our waiter was also extremely kind and personable. Overall, I am satisfied with my experience and can’t wait to return!