My father and I decide to go out to eat at Thanksgiving. Last year after driving around forever and finding nothing but mostly closed restaurants and long lines at the ones that were open we ended up going to the grocery store and buying frozen entrees there. This year it started being the same process. We drove up East 12th St in Norman, then down Main, and then checking Campus Corner and then over on the West side of Norman up the service roads of I-35. The only places that were open were the buffets and their parking lots were full. We then drove up Telephone Rd and checked Moore. It was more of the same. We were about to give up when we pulled into the strip mall that Himalayas is located in. I saw the flashing open sign and got excited. Himalayas is a place I have been wanting to try for a long time, and I wouldn’t have to eat crappy greasy buffet food or try to find something at a grocery store.
I parked my car and we walked in, and the restaurant was almost empty. A far cry from what would have been a bad experience at the other places being elbow to elbow with the 400 pound men and women fighting for the last dinner roll at the other buffets. We sat down at our table, got our drink order in and then walked up to the buffet and grabbed our plates to fill. There was a nice selection of items to choose from and another thing that excited me was the items that were vegan (and halal) were labeled! I didn’t have to guess or ask or be without if I wasn’t for sure. I filled my plate of most of the vegan options and pointed out to my dad that they even had turkey curry for the holiday.
After I had no more room on my plate I walked back to our table and tried everything out. Everything for the most part seemed to be nicely spiced, and wonderful. There were some fried mini donut looking things that didn’t seem to have much flavor to them but they were not awful. The rice was good, the chickpeas, dal, and curries were aromatic and flavorful. There were some green melon wedges on the salad bar that we couldn’t tell if they were cantalope or if they were cucumber. They tasted like a combination of both. I got full from my first plate of food but everything was so good I had to go back for a second helping.
My father seemed to enjoy it too. He was suffering from a tooth extraction and a cold and wasn’t feeling well and he had seconds as well. Nothing was overly spiced for his mouth. He did think the turkey curry they had was a bit dry however, the chicken tiki masala and the lamb balls made up for it. He really liked them. He also liked the plum balls and the pineapple desert that the establishment offered.
Himalayas is usually open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Their hours may varry, not staying open as long, you may want to give them a call to see what their holiday hours are going to be.
Himalayas is located in the Neilson Park Shopping Center on the West side of the highway.between N 12th and N 5th.
709 North Moore Avenue
Moore, OK 73160