• Zomsa

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Himalayan cuisine offering momo and curries along with local beers on tap and wine. In-house menus clearly note what can be made vegan. Also offer a weekly specials menu. Open Mon-Tue 12:00pm-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm, Thu-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm.

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4 Reviews

First Review by zacharyzollman


Points +90

27 Oct 2023

Excellent! We will be back often!

There are multiple vegan options for both appetizers and mains - all clearly marked on the menu (gf items are also marked). My friends and I shared the veg pakora and the aloo tikki, both of which were excellent. I had the vegan tofu tikka masala with a side of vegan garlic naan. The dish was wonderful, and the naan a must for scooping up all that wonderful sauce. The timing of all the appetizers and mains coming out for our group was spot on, the staff were kind and courteous, and the setting was pleasant. There was a hazy IPA on tap that was enjoyable, and the pinot noir was very nice.

The omnivore husband and the omnivore friends all enjoyed their meals as much as I did mine, so it's an excellent option for going with people of mixed dietary preferences.

Portions were generous enough that we all ended up taking leftovers home. We'll be back again soon to explore more of the menu!

Pros: Delicious food with many vegan options, Great and friendly service, Nice setting



Points +153

06 Aug 2023

Some of the best Himalayan food in East bay

Delicious Himalayan food. Love the greens.

Pros: Good vegan options , Tastes healthy and fresh


Points +130

02 May 2023

An impressive array of vegan options (4/5 Green Stars)

I would highly recommend trying out this Himalayan restaurant in El Cerrito. There are plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians and the quality every item we ordered was very high. I’ve had versions of each dish before but was impressed with Zomsa’s versions and rate Zomsa as one of the best Himalayan restaurants around. The Aloo Tikki (crispy potato cake with mint and tamarind sauces – vegan, $6) was a great start. The Vegetarian Jhol Momos (dumplings filled with kale, butternut squash, mushrooms, and spices, served in a sauce made from cashews and peanuts – vegan, $14) were really good. Often vegetarian dumplings have forgettable fillings, but I found these momos to be very thoughtfully made and satisfying. The Vegetable Thakali Thali was a great combination of several items that each added to the meal (veg curry, lentil soup, pickled daikon, sautéed mustard greens, and a papad – vegan, $17). Impressed by how satisfying these vegan dishes were – you wouldn’t even notice that the entire meal was plant-based.

I’m giving Zomsa 4 out of 5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact, for these reasons:
• Even though there are several meat dishes, I was impressed by how much of the menu is not just vegetarian but vegan. More than a dozen main courses are vegan, along with several appetizers. Adopting a plant-based diet is the top thing you can do to mitigate climate change and deforestation, besides avoiding animal cruelty and the negative impact of the meat industry on society.
• Local beer is available on draft, mitigating packaging and transportation impacts.
• The restaurant used to emphasize the use of organic ingredients, but I suspect that the prices became too high to sustain this in El Cerrito. Appreciate the effort though and hope that they still use some organic ingredients, when possible.


Points +420

27 Mar 2022


The food was really tasty and I appreciated the large number of veg options and the clear labeling of the menu.

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