Namaste Savannah, the city’s only Nepalese restaurant, offers a wide range of fusion dishes to delight visitors as well as locals.
“We offer cuisine that’s similar to Indian subcontinent food,” says Namaste Savannah co-owner Sandeep Tamrakar. “We have curry dishes, as well as momo dumplings, stuffed lentil cakes and other Nepalese specialties.”
The food at Namaste Savannah, which is located on Broughton Street between Bull and Drayton, is made fresh daily, using authentic recipes from Nepal. Spices like cumin, coriander and turmeric bring each dish to life, creating a rich interplay of flavors. They use locally sourced, including vegetables from local farmers‘ markets and bison from a farm in Townsend, Georgia.
Menu highlights include:
- Traditional Nepali curry bowl, served with your choice of meat, basmati rice or raita yogurt sauce.
- Woh Bara, a lentil cake stuffed with chicken, bison or vegetables and topped with a fried egg.
- Homemade momo dumplings, steamed or fried with a range of chili, curry and tomato sauces.
- Slow-cooked biryani dishes, prepared with fresh meats, vegetables, basmati rice, spices and yogurt sauce.
Namaste Savannah incorporates chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp, fish, bison and homemade paneer cheese into various appetizers and entrees. Seafood lovers can enjoy a red snapper filet, prepared tandoori-style or in a traditional curry sauce.
“Our food has spice without being spicy,” explains Tamrakar, who works with co-owner and chef Loken Chand, as well as co-owner Prawesh Khadka, to serve high-quality food, seven days a week. “We would like to welcome everyone to come and try our food.”
A number of vegetarian-friendly menu options are available.
Vegetartian options include tasty dishes made with eggplant, okra, lentils and chickpeas. A wide range of homemade breads are featured daily, including garlic naan, onion kulchka, puri and bhatura. Exotic beverage choices range from mango lassi to masala soda. Be sure to save room for dessert, which includes carrot pudding, as well as gulab jamun.
A popular lunch buffet, which features a rotating selection of items daily, offers the opportunity to sample a wide range of dishes at Namaste Savannah. The lunch buffet is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Visit Namaste Savannah on Facebook or Instagram to see the daily selections featured on the lunch buffet.
Tamrakar explains that “namaste” means “greetings” in Nepalese.
A feeling of warmth and a commitment to hospitality define the atmosphere at Namaste Savannah, creating an inviting environment where everyone feels welcome.
“Nepalese cuisine comes from the foothills of the Himalayas down to Savannah,” Tamrakar says with pride. “Namaste Savannah is a great place to broaden your horizons and to expand your palate.”
Namaste Savannah is open Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-9 p.m. Look for Namaste Savannah on Facebook or go to www.restaurantji.com/ga/savannah/namaste-savannah-/. They are located at 8 E. Broughton Street, Savannah, Georgia. (912) 298-0112.