Monday, January 17, 2011
Momos At Gateway, Nepalese Pizzeria Of Elkridge
Momos are steamed dumplings filled with spiced chicken that Gateway sells as an $8 appetizer. They're common across the moutainous area around Tibet, and the Gateway folks brought their versions from Nepal.
Gateway's momos are minced chicken spiced with coriander and ginger. They're lighter, less bready than a version that I remember from a Tibetan restaurant in Boston. The form would be at home in a Chinese steamer. The flavors would be familiar on an Indian buffet.
That shouldn't be a surprise, but the flavors were a revelation for a spot between Food Lion and a thrift store. Really delicious, a bright and balanced taste that would would hold their own with appetizers at the best Indian restaurants that I have visited. Momos are certainly a great lunch. We split an order with a buttery naan. They're served with a tomato-based sauce, lightly spiced and so delicious that we dipped momos and bread until the container was bare.
Gateway is an unusual little restaurant. One half of the menu is pizza joint -- pizza, subs, stromboli, salads, wings. The other half is Indian food -- naan, paratha, biryani, and curries from vegetables to chicken to seafood to lamb. I'd tried the pizza, but I would never have noticed the Nepalese food until Morty posted a comment suggesting the momos.
Gateway delivers through Ellicott City and Columbia. The moms certainly inspire me to come back and try the Indian food one day. Morty posted another comment yesterday with some compairsons to Akbar's and the observation that they'll make a pizza topped with paneer. he still ranks Maiwand Kabob supreme among his takeout options, followed by Frisco Tap House.
Thanks again to Morty for the recommendation. The best part of HowChow is hearing other people's suggestions and getting to find new delicious items. (Morty -- fast enough to get a Gateway tag?)
6520 Old Waterloo Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
NEAR: Gateway is on Rte 108 just north of Rte 175. It is between a Food Lion and CVS. This is across the road from Columbia. It's easy to reach from Rte 175 or Rte 100.