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The former Riviera Maya will soon be home to a Himalayan Yak

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The space that once housed Riviera Maya will come back to life later this year, when Himalayan Yak opens in Bay View.
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The space that once housed Riviera Maya will come back to life later this year, when Himalayan Yak opens in Bay View.

Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Did you know the Himalayas are exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from Milwaukee? OK, maybe not exactly. But I just opened Google Earth and spun the globe around, and it sure looks pretty close.

My point is: The Himalayas are very far from here, which means getting authentic Nepali cuisine from the area itself is very difficult. Fortunately, there are a few spots close to home that can satisfy your craving — a list that’s about to grow by one, which is where this episode kicks off.

When it comes to the tastes of Nepal, greater Milwaukee has places like the cheel in Thiensville, as well as Curry & Momo and Everest Cafe in Glendale. Bay View will get in on the action later this summer, when restaurateur Laxman Gurung opens Himalayan Yak in the former Riviera Maya space.

Gurung told Urban Milwaukee the new eatery will dig a little deeper into the Nepali and Indian flavor tree as they serve appetizers like momos and steamed dumplings, thukpa, the Nepali version of chow mein, and several Indian dishes. Assuming the liquor license comes through, the restaurant will also pour beverages from the region when it opens, hopefully by July, Gurung says.

We’ve got four other conversation items on our menu for this episode:

  • Ann continues to insist on providing her Top Chef recaps, and because she’s such a wonderful person, I’ll continue to indulge her (while still getting in a few digs).
  • She also made a recent visit to Bakehouse 23 for the magazine and shares a few thoughts about the South Milwaukee sweet shop.
  • Downtown Dining Week is very nearly upon us and loaded up with options for its 18th year.
  • We told you in February about Ramsés Alvaréz’s Mediterranean-based plans for the former Riverfront Pizzeria, and they’ve come to fruition as Briso Do Mar opened this week.

We hope you like what you hear on this one and would love for you to drop a rating or review, regardless of what you think (but especially if you like us). And if you want to go the extra mile, sharing us with a friend is always appreciated. Thanks.

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