The meal begins with a simple greeting, namaste, and is quickly followed by a plate of pappadam and chutney, vivid green like fresh-cut grass. Things continue to impress from there. Virtually unheard of in Burque, Namaste’s Nepalese dishes—like succulent chicken momos—throw noodles and dumplings into the Indian repertoire. By highlighting this region that blurs the line between India and the rest of Asia, and doing it with impeccable service, Namaste quietly sets itself apart as a worthwhile reason to drive to Rio Rancho. Don’t miss the masala tea—a Darjeeling brewed with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon sticks and milk.