Kumari Restaurant & Bar
911 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Sun - Thur 11am - 10pm
Fri, Sat 11am - 11pm
Saffron and Spice, and Everything NiceAs someone who grew up eating Indian food every day of her life, it was difficult to live in Baltimore and not have access to certain comfort foods. Once I found Kumari, the little hole in my heart, and tummy, was filled with fragrant dishes and beautifully seasoned food. A must visit if you're in the Mount Vernon area. Don't be fooled by the other Indian restaurants on Charles Street; this is the closest you'll find to the real deal in Baltimore! The Nepalese staff were so used to seeing me walk in that they already knew what I would order: Maharani Dhal Thadka, Saffron Rice, Chicken Kadai, and Aloo Jeera. In many North Indian restaurants, the chefs can be rather heavy-handed with the ghee (clarified butter), masalas, and turmeric - but at Kumari, they let the spice in question be the star of the show. The Aloo Jeera (potato with cumin) is exactly that - potato with cumin. And it's delicious. Although I'm unsure of how much of the cuisine is truly Nepali, my taste buds had no complaints. They also serve a brilliantly brewed, milky, cardamom-spiced chai. On many a rainy Baltimore afternoon, I've sat by the window with textbook in one hand and chai in the other.