To wash everything down, there's a line of beers made by a former Rock Bottom brewer, Chris Kennedy. Bhattarai hopes to bottle the ales someday, though right now they can barely brew enough to supply the two dining rooms and the dark bar, which is often filled with patrons who come just to imbibe. One of the favorite Yak and Yeti beers is the Chai Stout, with a spicy sweetness that pleasantly permeates the coffee and chocolate notes; I prefer the Namaste Pilsner, a light, crisp beer that does a better job of cutting heavily spiced cuisine. I also like the IPA for its classic style, but it's so well-hopped and bitter that one dining companion wanted to rip out her tongue after one sip. There's also a full bar and an inoffensive wine list, with a few by-the-glass selections, like the Kung Fu Girl Riesling, that pair particularly well with this type of food.

Roti, unleavened flatbread. See a photo slideshow from inside Yak and Yeti.
Photo by Mark Manger

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Yak and Yeti

7803 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs

Yak and Yeti

8665 N. Sheridan Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs


Yak and Yeti
Vegetable samosa $3.95
Naan $1.95
Chicken tikka masala $12.95
Chana masala $9.95
Tibetan noodles with lamb $13.95
Chicken momo platter $11.95
Vegetable thupka $9.95
7803 Ralston Road, Arvada 303-431-9000 Hours: lunch buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; dinner 3-9 p.m. (dinner buffet 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday only)

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By the time the check comes — along with the inevitable to-go boxes, since it's tough to make a dent in these deceptively tiny platters — I'm slightly tipsy and so full that I momentarily forget my father's loud questions, the conversations going on around me, the spirits lurking in the walls. The first step on a creaking floorboard, though, and it all comes back, as other diners look up to watch us exit into the warm twilight. It's unsettling for a meal to end with an unresolved mystery. And as we pull out of the parking lot, I find myself looking for ghosts in the windows until Yak and Yeti fades away in the rearview mirror.

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