Hidden away in Glen Ellen’s Jack London Village, Indian/Nepalese sleeper Yeti Restaurant has been a word-of-mouth phenom for nearly eight years. And trust us, its in no small part the naan.
Baked to order in a piping hot tandoor (a charcoal-fired clay oven), the flatbread arrives table side steaming, and nearly as long as your forearm. Tear off a buttery, yeasty, garlic bite and remember the soul-satisfying taste of gluten and carbs.
Hold onto your tikka, Santa Rosans, because this mythical monster of deliciousness has expanded its footprint. Open just a week, he tandoor is fired up and garam masala perfumes the former Lyon’s (190 Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa, 521-9608) after six months of renovation.
Yeti’s naan, of course, is only a carrier for the mix of freshly ground herbs and spices, yogurt, coconut, cumin, vegetables and tandoor-grilled meats inspired by Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Timid or adventurous, here’s what we’re loving:
– Onion Bhaji: Think fritters with onions, ginger and garlic. Make sure to dip in mint and tamarind chutney, ($7.99).
– Vegetable Momo: Nepalese-style dumplings filled with Himalayan spices a and veggies, ($7.99)
– Chicken Biryani: Saffron Basmati rice cooked in ghee with onions, dried fruit and served with a side of cucumber-yogurt (raita), $17.95.
– Mixed Tandoor Platter: If you can’t decide what to get out of the tandoor, this mix of lamb, fish, chicken and prawns hits the highlights, $24.99.
– Mattar Paneer: Cubes of fresh cheese, spinach and peas in spiced cream sauce, $12.95.
– Chicken Tikka Masala: Tender white meat chicken with garam masala, tomatoes and paprika, $15.99.
– Lamb Korma: A very mild curry that’s great for first-timers, $16.99.
– Rogan Josh: A spicier lamb curry with ground onions, garam masala and coriander, $16.99.
– Garlic Cilantro Naan, $3.99
– Kashmiri Plau: Spiced rice with almonds, fried onions and cashews, $5.99.
Keep in mind: If there are more than two of you, order a couple naan breads. Spring for the sauces — from mild riata to sweet mango chutney, mint and tamarind sauce to add depth. And don’t be afraid to dip, scoop and sop away with your naan. That’s what Indian food is all about.
Yeti Indian Restaurant, 190 Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa, 521-9608.