Great Indian food is a rare find in North Carolina, especially when the Indian food is delicious and cheap. Too many times have I come across Indian restaurants and the prices for a common dish were reaching the $20.00 range for a single serving. That is why I am ecstatic to have found Himalayan Range in Cary. It is a little hole in the wall place that is located in a small shopping center and offers classic Indian dishes that are much more affordable than most local Indian spots. I first came across this place when I read a lot of positive reviews on Yelp. I finally decided to pay this place a visit when I read what their prices were like. Most reviewers said the portion sizes were large and the average main dish price was around the $7.00-9.00 range.
For an appetizer, I highly recommend the Chicken 65 ($3.99). It is a spicy dish that almost resembles American boneless wings. The chicken is crispy and fried to perfection, with a hot chili dry rub that adds a lot of spice and flavor. This dish is complimented with the sprinkle of cilantro, which adds a refreshing finish to the spiciness.
Next I tried the Garlic Naan Bread ($1.50) and the vegetable momos (6 for $4.99). Their naan was the best I have had in the Triangle; it is cooked thoroughly and is brushed with a garlic butter sauce to distribute the flavor evenly. The momos resemble traditional Chinese dumplings and are served with a hot sauce and a tangy sauce on the side. In the momos, I believe there was a cabbage and leafy green base, made with dry rub spices that gave it a kick.
For the main dish I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala with rice ($7.99) since that is a traditional Indian dish staple in most restaurants. Although the tikka masala was not like other restaurants’, this one had a bit of a twist to it that I could not put my finger on, but overall the dish was fantastic. But regardless, the dish was moderately spicy, thick and creamy, and the chicken was extremely tender.
Himalayan Range offers amazing Indian and Nepalese inspired dishes that are authentic as well as easy on the wallet. The menu has traditional Indian food as well as some dishes that offer an Asian influence, which is different and eclectic. Overall my experience at Himalayan Range was amazing; I will be back to try the rest of their menu items.
Morgan is a local Registered Dietitian and food lover. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC and loves the Triangle food scene. She was born and raised in New York, so she often looks for the comforts of home through delicious foods. Since moving to the Triangle, she enjoys eating from the eclectic local food scene. Whether it’s food trucks, hole-in-the-wall places, or fairs you’ll find her there with her partner in crime and fellow foodies, trying it all to tell you about it.