Bhutanese sisters have taken over Druk Cuisine Kitchen, adding to Tonawanda's culinary diversity.
Gita Tiwari and Sita Bista have begun offering Himalayan cuisine at 2768 B Elmwood Ave., in a plaza that already holds an Asian grocery store and a Korean-Burmese restaurant.
Himalayan cuisine includes dishes from their native country of Bhutan, and similar fare common in Nepal, they said. Druk is a thunder dragon in Bhutanese and Tibetan mythology, and a Bhutanese national symbol.
Tiwari and Bista took over the restaurant in early August, and will be offering a more comprehensive menu in the next month or so. They previously operated a small Grant Street grocery.
Their place is a sparse room, next to T & T Asian Market, which could seat about 25.
Offerings include thukpa, which is a noodle soup that is more noodles than soup. The chicken version ($6.99, top photo) has slices of gently curried chicken breast, scallions, red onion and cilantro in chicken broth. A spicy version is topped with a sprinkling of fresh sliced serrano chiles.
Momos are Tibetan dumplings, offered here in chicken ($7.99) and vegetable ($6.99) versions. They're accompanied with a creamy dip flavored with tomato and chile.
Chowmin, stir-fried noodles, come in pork ($7.49), chicken and vegetable ($6.49) versions. The pork version had spiced meat, red onion, scallion, cilantro and sesame seeds in addition to noodles. There's also fried rice and samosas on offer.
INFO: Druk Cuisine Kitchen, 2768 B Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily. 331-3104.
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