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Published October 26th 2016
Fresh, tasty & a bit different
A new Himalayan restaurant and cafe has opened and the chef came to Australia from Nepal several years ago, so it is the "genuine thing"!.
I was rather sceptical as I had not tasted Himalayan/Nepalese food before, but was very pleased with the unique tastes of the meals we ordered.
The food is genuine Nepalese and there are also Indian inspired dishes such as Tandoori chicken. On this occasion, we decided to have takeaway, as my friend did not feel like going out on a Saturday night.
I was impressed that it took half an hour to get the meal ready which, I think, means that they cook meals fresh as they are ordered.
I phoned for the meal and picked it up quite early and there was only one table full, however, once this restaurant becomes known, I feel it will do very well, as the Himalayan food is slightly different to other tastes and they have their own specialities.
Seating at Minaas
The meals were quite spicy, or rather, the dips that came with the meals were quite spicy, so if you do not like spicy food, you can just use less dip, or indeed, none at all.
For entree, we shared the Mo-Mo, which are a type of dumpling, and apparently typical Nepalese according to the young lady who served me.
Photo: their website -showing fried Mo Mo's
I believe they put a lot of effort into the appearance of their dishes as can be seen in this photo, and as explained by the friendly lady on the front counter.
I was also impressed that you got a choice of either deep fried or boiled, and we chose the boiled vegetarian ones, being the healthier option. This came with a chilli type of sauce which was quite hot but still delicious.
Mo Mo -Himalayan speciality dish
For the main, we ordered the Tandoori chicken which came with a separate white sauce, which was also very spicy and once again, a delicious meal. It came with julienne raw vegetables which added a tangy taste to the chicken pieces.
The chicken was tender, quite spicy and although we ordered a half serve, there was still five pieces of chicken.
The menu has a choice of beef, goat and chicken, as well as vegetarian options, and the menu is quite extensive which makes me think that this cafe/restaurant will become quite popular.
Small section of the menu
Although this is not a "flash" place, as it is quite an unassuming cafe, the food is first class and it is very reasonably priced with the half serve of Tandoori chicken being just $11.95, and the Mo Mo's were just $10.95 for ten steamed dumplings.
Unassuming entrance to Minaas
They also have Indian breads and desserts on the menu, however, we had both eaten enough by the time we finished, so we will leave these for next time.
Minaas serve coffee and cake, so is good for just a snack or a cup of coffee. The restaurant/cafe has great choices in both the size, quantity and type of food available, though a large proportion is Nepalese inspired.
Range of cakes to chose from
They also do breakfast on a few mornings and therefore it is also an Australian cafe which makes this new "kid on the block" very versatile, in that you can have several different types of meals each day.
The other nice thing about this is that it is often difficult to get a "small" lunch in a cafe, and Minaas also make sandwiches and light lunches ,which is often what I want for lunch, as I eat a larger meal in the evenings. Some cafes have only quite large, cooked meals for lunch, and often when we go out, we do not want such a large meal and Minaas will fill this gap for us!
Their opening hours are:
Tue 11:00 am – 3 pm
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Wed 7:30 am – 3 pm
Thu 7:30 am – 3 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 3 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 3 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 3 pm
Tue - Sun 5.30 pm -10 pm
There is off street parking outside, and Minaas is situated at Shop 5, 263 Walter Road, Morley (right near the large set of traffic lights at the Galleria).
Why not try something different and support a new venture - I think you will be pleasantly surprised.