If you are a local to Melbourne, chances are you may have seen a Gurkhas Nepalese restaurant in one part of the city or another.
Gurkhas Nepalese Restaurants can be found in Carlton, Brunswick, Richmond, Prahran and the City. It is a family owned and run business and all the kitchen and wait-staff hail from Nepal. This means the food is the Authentic taste of the Himilayas – however many of you may be asking what is Nepalese Cuisine?
Upon first glance, the food seems very similar to Indian food – rich curries with rice and bread. However, I have found it to be a lot milder and with a larger variety. The country of Nepal is culturally and geographically diverse – this is reflected in the cuisine and the dishes served at Gurkhas Nepalese restaurant. Despite being a landlocked country, the Nepalese people enjoy a wide variety of fish and crab dishes - from the rivers and lakes that run off the mountains. I recommend Gurkhas Mud-Crab curry! Other popular staples include Dal – a lentil soup served over rice – and Masu – spiced or curried meat. Masu is probably the most westerner-friendly if you're not after anything too exotic, it can resemble a Butter Chicken or a Chicken Korma (depending on which Masu you choose). All menus can be found on the restaurant website.
The staff at Gurkhas are friendly and willing to cater to your specific dietary needs. In the Carlton and Prahran Restaurants you can sit at a table on a cushioned mat on the ground which is very comfortable – but beware. After a large, delicious meal and a glass of wine it can be very tempting to lie back and have a sleep! I would recommend Gurkhas (and Nepalese food in general) because of its great value for money, large variety on the menu and friendly staff. Enjoy!
I've always meant to go to Gurkhas but still haven't made it yet there yet. I love this type of cuisine and have had so many recommendations for the restaurants so I really should make the effort! The mud-crab curry sounds particularly tempting - along with the glass of wine! Thanks for reminding me of this place.