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Dancing Yak

Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner Date Night

Every once in a while, you discover something, and you can’t stop telling people about it. For us, this was the case when we learned that most of the explosions in Michael Bay movies are real, and when we were informed that the Tostitos logo actually includes two people sharing a chip. And it was also the case when we first tried the chicken momos at Dancing Yak.

Dancing Yak is a Nepali restaurant that took over the old Babu Ji space on Valencia, and since eating the curry chicken-filled momos they serve, we’ve been eating here repeatedly, and telling others to do the same. These Nepali dumplings are an appetizer, served seven to a plate, which could make for an excellent meal in and of itself. They’re good on their own, and taken to another level by the spicy tomato and roasted soybean sauce served on the middle of the plate. We really think you should try them, if you haven’t gotten that drift yet.

And really, you should try a lot of the food here, because everything at Dancing Yak is pretty delicious. You’ll find tandoori plates and goat curry thali plates, samosas and spiced chicken wings, all of them satisfying and enjoyable. There are also a number of vegan options, which makes this is a great pick for dinner with anyone who doesn’t eat animals and/or their byproducts.

It also works well for any reasonably-priced midweek dinner needs. Most things here are under $20 (the momos are $13), and the space is both casual and big enough to usually have room for you on a given Tuesday. Staff are also very friendly, and will go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meal. Which you definitely will. Maybe even more than you enjoyed watching Tyrese Gibson running from debris in Transformers.

Food Rundown

Chicken Momo

Best thing on the menu. We’d come here for these alone. The dumplings are filled with chicken, chives, garlic, and spices, and served with a delicious spicy tomato and roasted soybean sauce. Get these on your table.

Saucy Lollipop

A little chewy, but still great. These are chicken wings lollipopped, spiced, cooked, and served with spiced tomato sauce.

Samosa Tarkari

These spiced potato and pea-filled samosas are served with chickpeas, and are giant. One order could be a starter for three to four people.

Pork Belly Bhutwa

Pork belly with garlic ginger paste and chili powder. It’s not our favorite thing on the menu, but still good.

Goat Curry Daal Bhat Thali

This has the best flavor of any of the large dishes, but the goat bones make it difficult to eat. If you’re OK with that, give this a shot. A large platter with goat curry, rice, lentil stew, and different vegetables. It may look huge, but that’s just the size of the plate - it’s good for one person or to share if you’re ordering other things.

Minced Lamb Patty Tandoori Plate

The lamb is spiced, skewered, and roasted then served with roasted vegetables, turmeric rice, and yogurt sauce. The vegetables aren’t amazing, but are a nice break from the lamb so you don’t eat it too fast. It’s tasty, but won’t bring you back for it alone.

Lamb Curry

This curry is onion based and is really flavorful without covering up the flavor of the lamb hiding below the surface. Get this if you want a curry dish to share.

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