Unique Indian restaurant with sports bar on the side to open in Fort Worth
There are momos on the move: Peak Restaurant & Bar, a popular Indian restaurant with a little sports bar on the side, will open a new location in Fort Worth, in the Western Plaza II shopping center at 2901 Fair Dr.
It'll go into a space with a long sports bar history, most recently Baxter’s Grill & Sports Pub. A renovation is underway, and a manager says they're hoping to be open by early 2024.
This is the second location for Peak, which first debuted in 2018 at 3401 W. Airport Fwy. in Irving, where it joined a bustling Nepali community, serving a combination of Nepali and Indian cuisines.
Their signature dish is momos — the Himalayan version of dumplings, stuffed with a variety of meats and vegetables, then steamed or fried. Peak has more than 40 varieties with chicken, pork, mutton, beef, or veggie, some with sauce on the side. They offer a Momo platter that's a good sampler, featuring 16 momo done four ways: steamed, kothey (half steamed, half fried), chilly (dipped in hot sauce), and sadeko (served in a marinade).
Other house specials include piro sausage, which is sausage on a skewer, with a spicy dip; and "sadeko French fries," a winking nod to "seasoned" fries. (In Nepali, "sadeko" means to marinate. Anything marinated with herbs and spices becomes a sadeko.)
But Peak stands out because it is as much sports bar as Indian restaurant, with club-style lighting, TVs, crafty cocktails, and a weekday happy hour from 4-7 pm with $3-$6 prices on food and drinks.
It's a welcome destination for those who want to grab a beer, since Irving has few bars, and it exposes those beer drinkers to Indian food and culture. Dishes like Peak's chicken lollipops - Frenched chicken winglet served with chili garlic sauce - make a perfect fusion bar snack, and you probably won't find another restaurant in DFW hosting a concert by Himalayan folk singer Bipul Chettri as "the ultimate pregame experience" the night before a livestream of an NFL game.
The new location will recreate that formula of authentic Indian food and fun sports bar.
The restaurant is a venture between Bipin Thakali, a savvy entrepreneur who also runs an entertainment and event company; and Manoj Raj, who owns Everest Indian & Himalayan Restaurant which has locations in Irving, about a mile north of Peak, and Plano, which opened in 2019.
Peak’s manager says they're excited about being part of the Fort Worth community.
“Fort Worth is a diverse city with a lot of Nepali people and Indian people, and we're finding it’s also a very welcoming community,” she says.