When I first tried the Gurkah dhal here I turned to Miss Handmaid and said that if all vego food tasted this good, I’d happily be vego for life.
I have dreamt of Gurkah dahl since the first time I tasted it here.
Sadly when I’ve ordered it again, it didn’t taste the same. I keep on returning though, as the food will not disappoint.
Gurkhas Nepalese Restaurant is on the corner of Beaufort and Bulwer St. It’s an unfortunate looking 1980s brown brick building that has had a long history of restaurants of Asian origin tenanting. When I saw this place change hands into a low-key open for business it was time to try.
Nepalese cuisine could be said to be similar to north Indian. Fragrant earthy spices, flat breads in tandoors ovens, charry meats of envious aromas.
This aroma envy is very much amplified in the open dining plan the restaurant, as you can smell every delicious morsel from the other tables, and wonder what they’re having.
The staff are genuinely attentive even though the service from the kitchen can be slow, and they are able to guide you through the menu with honest recommendations as to the quantity or variety (of dishes).
I went there willing to be guided by our confident waiter and was not disappointed with his navigation of courses. The lamb momos are seriously good and Gurkha dhal on the occasion that I had it was of such compelling flavour I could denounce meat over.
Dining is more suited for large groups of noisy tables, as intimate couples can be drowned out by the open plan and distractions like a mounted flat-screen TV playing Bollywood films. They’re BYO (corkage) so you can bring along a Gewürztraminer or off-dry Riesling for secure pairings.
I've been here with a few bottles of La Violetta's Das Sakrileg (review coming soon) with friends, and so impressed they were with the wine, we split a six pack the next week.
Reasonably priced for the quantity, well priced for the quality.