What started as a review of a few "Soul Food" places ended up being a review of one very good food conquest in Berkeley:
Usually when someone mentions soul food, it generally refers to grits, chicken & waffles, and heavy carb foods with gravies. My definition of soul food is something hearty, filling, and flavorful. Imagine noodles stir fried in a unique sauce that you can neither classify as Indian or Chinese.
Off Solano Ave, Berkeley's "Nomad Tibetan Restaurant" is my definition of soul food. The first time I went here, I was concerned because there were very few reviews on Yelp (this was back when I trusted Yelp). I ate all the things.
The second time I was contemplating going back, I told my friend, "I dunno, maybe we should try somewhere new." I was quickly out of this illogical state and I returned to Nomad to consume most of the menu.
Food: 5 - I rarely give places such high ratings. This place is a godsend. The food tastes very fresh and is not drenched in oils, which is refreshing.
Ambiance: 5 - very cute decorations
Service: 5 - the first time I went there, the waitress allowed me to sample both teas because I was having a hard time deciding
A part of me wants to keep this place a secret and not tell anyone about it, so I can go there from time to time and not have to wait for my food- or make reservations. It is probably healthy for me that this place is a 30 minute drive away- or else I would be here every night.
Fried Taro Cake
Beef Momo - very flavorful; I would definitely recommend these over the Veggie Momos
Fried Rice: Has a unique blend of vegetables.
Chili Chicken: Nice and spicy
Eggplant Basil: Drool
Ting Mo: These buns are so tasty with the curries