There're two things that everyone knows about Nepal: one, Mt. Everest is there, and two, never bring Jon Krakauer, cause he's just gonna tattle to the whole world if you accidentally kill a bunch of people just because you like espresso. Giving you a third thing to know about Nepal, the grub at Yak & Yeti, soft-opening Thursday
From the Nepalese owner of Allston's Mt. Everest Kitchen, Y&Y is a fresh 48-seat eatery located in Ball Square's former Golden Jade that serves an extensive hybrid menu of Nepalese and Indian favorites in a heavily bamboo'd two-room space decorated with an artistic wallscape (made from black pipes/long stretched cotton strips), 15 wood laminate banquettes/tables with red chairs, and a giant panoramic three-walled, bench-to-ceiling picture of a snowcapped Mt. Everest, most likely because they were sold out of the Mount Wachusett one. Himalaya-worthy grub includes boneless lamb Bheda Ko Tarkari cooked w/ ginger, garlic, and herbs; a traditional diced goat meat Khasi Ko Masu over Basmati rice and garnished w/ coriander; and a Dal, Bhat, Masu full-course meal that includes chicken Tarkari w/ chutney, charcoal-cooked lamb Bheda Ko Sekuwa, a cup of tea, and lentils, but luckily not Ivan Lentils, since those usually induce choking. For India-styled dishes, they serve Sambar soup and a rice pancake topped w/ lamb and diced veggies; Biryani (Hyderabadi-style spiced rice w/ chunks of chicken and Raita); and Tandoor-baked boneless salmon marinated in spices and yogurt herbs, which when smoked make you crave more yogurt, but the hilarious kind in little plastic sleeves.
To satisfy your after-dinner sweet tooth, there's creamy rice pudding, mango yogurt shakes, Ras Malai (sweet milk-sauced cheese patties), and sugar syrup-soaked fried milk balls, which're a Nepalese specialty, like accidentally lying about getting short-roped up an entire mountain by sherpas, which you totally could've done on your own anyway. You stay out of this, Krakauer!