The story behind Namaste, the Indian and South Asian restaurant in Gambrills, is a testament to the power of years of deliberate, careful, work. After Debendra Sapkota came to the United States from his native Nepal, he spent nearly 15 years working in Indian restaurants throughout the Baltimore and Washington metro area, starting off as a server, then moving his way up into management and eventually ownership. Partnering with Chef Lashan in 2014, Sapkota founded Namaste on the principle that Indian restaurants could strive for more than just a lunch buffet and take-out orders.
Namaste still offers those things, of course, but you can also enjoy white-tablecloth service over a multi-course meal. Regulars recommend ordering the fish pakora appetizer, mulligatawny soup, and a main course of either tandoori lamb chops or the Namaste special biryani with lamb, chicken, and shrimp. The dining room gets rather crowded on weekends, so reservations are recommended.