Located in the Brambleton Town Center, the Himalayan Wild Yak restaurant serves authentic Nepalese cuisine. It’s a culinary journey that transcends geographical boundaries. This hidden gem transports diners to a world of rich flavors, vibrant spices, and warm hospitality. 


As you step into the restaurant you immediately notice the traditional but subtle Nepalese decor. Standing front and center is “Rocky”, a giant stuffed yak – and the restaurant’s mascot. Fabric panels hang from the ceiling and scenic artwork graces the walls. The tables are adorned with napkins made of dhaka cloth, a Nepalese handmade garment fabric. Seating options range from booths to circular tables, as well as a long table near the hearth for larger groups. You can also enjoy outdoor dining on the patio. In the cooler months the patio is transformed. Several tables are placed inside pop-up igloos. These charming, transparent domes come, complete with space heaters and blankets, providing a snug haven for diners. For other restaurants offering an igloo experience, check out our previous blog!

The Menu

The culinary journey at the Himalayan Wild Yak begins with a menu that boasts a diverse selection of dishes inspired by the Himalayan region. While the restaurant specializes in Nepaleses cuisine, the menu also includes a number of Indian dishes. From savory momos to flavorful curries, each item on the menu reflects the authenticity and passion that the chefs bring to their craft. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will find a plethora of options to satisfy their palates, with a focus on locally sourced and fresh ingredients. And yes, there is yak on the menu!


Do not be afraid of the yak dishes! Contrary to popular belief, the yak is not a buffalo or bison. It is a large cousin of the American cow, but native to the Himalayan region of Asia. Yak meat is richer in Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and is low in saturated fat.

Must-Try Dishes

Momos: Start your culinary adventure with the iconic Himalayan momos, delicate dumplings filled with a choice of succulent meats or vegetables. Served with a side of tangy dipping sauce, these bite-sized delights are a perfect introduction to the restaurant’s offerings.

Grilled Yak: As the restaurant’s namesake, the Grilled Yak is a highlight on the menu. The yak meat is sous-vide for 36 hours and served medium rare to medium.

Butter Chicken: The creamy and flavorful curry sauce complements the tender chicken, creating a dish that is both familiar and exotic.

Kurauni: This traditional Nepalese dessert involves reducing milk over low heat for hours before adding saffron, cardamom, and a touch of sugar before it is topped with pomegranate seeds. A perfect ending!

The Owners

Together chefs Tuk Gurung and Keshar Jarga, co-own the restaurant with Jarga’s brother, Dip Jarga Magar. Chef Gurang learned to cook with his mother and grandmother from a very young age. He previously co-owned the highly regarded Royal Nepal restaurant in Alexandria and worked at the Michelin-star Blue Duck Tavern. 

Chef Jarga also co-owned the Royal Nepal restaurant and worked at the Watergate Hotel. His cocktail list resembles that of Washington hot spots. 

Dip Jarga Magar also brings many years of hospitality industry experience to the Himalayan Wild Yak. He runs the operations side of the house, and his expertise in fine wines and teas are definitely an asset to the restaurant.

Together, they make sure the food and service are top notch. When they have time, chefs Gurung and Jarga even run food to tables to personally interact with customers.

With its inviting ambiance, diverse menu, and commitment to authenticity, this restaurant invites diners to embark on a culinary expedition through the majestic flavors of the Himalayas. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a curious newcomer, the Himalayan Wild Yak promises a dining experience that will leave a lasting impression.

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