Langtang is a newly opened Nepalese Restaurant in North Adelaide. Skipping the usual dining strip on O'Connell Street, you can find Langtang on leafy Jeffcott Street in an old stone and brick building.
Nepalese cuisine has a lot of influences from the countries surrounding it, meaning that you'll find hints of Indian, and Tibetan/Chinese influences. There are many curries on the menu, including the chicken, lamb, and goat curries all cooked with Nepalese Spices. There are a few vegetarian options like the aloo bodi, a potato, black-eyed bean, and bamboo shoot curry, or the vegetarian curry with chickpeas, potato, and soya wadi cooked in Nepalese spices. You'll even find butter chicken on their menu.
Entrees include their momos, quite possibly the most adorably named dish ever. Momos are actually a kind of dumpling, traditionally found in Nepal, Tibet, and parts of China. You can choose between chicken and vegetarian, and they come with a tomato based sauce. There's also the choila grilled beef pieces with lemon, ginger, garlic, and chilli, sekuwa marinated lamb pieces, and the bara black lentil patties.
There are a range of sides, which are also added to either the single Nepalese Platter or the shared chef's tasting plate. If you've got a group of 4 or more, the tasting plate is $35 per person and comes with an entree, a selection of four curries, and most of the sides.
For dessert their kheer would make a perfect winter option, it's a Nepalese style rice pudding that's warming and has the right amount of spice. In summer there's the lighter option of a chai panna cotta, or the Langtang pistachio and cardamon ice cream.
Langtang is modern and classy, but the atmosphere is a little lacking. While the food is tasty, the space just doesn't captivate you, it's most likely that Langtang are still finding their feet after being open for only a couple of weeks. A nice touch is the wall covered with Nepalese newspapers, and it's good to see somewhere shying away from the 'authentic cultural experience' that is usually about as far from authentic as you can get.
Langtang is in a beautiful spot, and it's thankfully not impossible to find a park nearby. The food is tasty, service is friendly, and they'll settle in nicely.