If you visit Summit Nepalese hoping for a tasty and good value meal in a pleasant room with friendly staff you won't be disappointed. If you go expecting to have your world rocked with a new cuisine never previously tasted, you might not be so lucky.
Summit Nepalese is located in the South Shore Piazza (ie shopping centre) in South Perth. Although it has a flashy address, it does not have river views over the city, instead it looks out into the Windsor carpark and bottle shop, or alternatively into the shopping centre itself. That's not a bad thing necessarily, but worth mentioning if you thought you would have a dreamy dinner staring at the lights of Perth city across the river. You can go for a short walk afterwards for that.
The room itself is pleasant, with a variety of seating including extremely high backed couches and low backed cane chairs. Ikea bookcases act as room dividers with twinkling fairy lights.
The staff are friendly and pleasant and the food well priced and tasty.
To be clear, with a few small exceptions, Nepalese food is the same as Indian cuisine. If you are expecting something entirely new and different you may be let down – but the menu at Summit is almost exactly the same as any local Indian restaurant.
The exceptions are dishes such as Momoo ($14) – ten small steamed dumplings filled with either vegetables (spicy) or meat, with a homemade, satay like sauce. You can ask for a combination of both, which we did, and they were very pleasant.
Another standout dish – for lovers of chilli anyway – is the high altitude curry ($15-$21). Available as chicken, lamb, cheese or beef, it is a very hot curry with plenty of 'extra hot' warnings in bold letters on the menu. We weren't brave enough to attempt the climb.
Interestingly, there is also a café menu which is almost entirely different from the restaurant menu: the café being open for breakfast and lunch, while the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. While the café has more typical cafe foods such as salads, burgers, wraps and fish and chips, the only Nepalese dish available is the aforementioned Momoo. This review only refers to the restaurant.
We tried the ginger chicken, not commonly associated with Indian restaurants as well as a fish curry, lamb curry and cauliflower curry and more. All dishes were eaten with gusto on the night although I have no particular memory of them now.
The restaurant is BYO only, not a problem since the Windsor bottle shop is only metres away. I think there was a $3 corkage, but I can't recall if it was per bottle or per person. The whole meal was so cheap anyway, it doesn't really matter. A group of seven of us ate like kings and we all had change from $25 per person.
Parking can be a bit of an issue in South Perth, but the restaurant a very short walk from the South Perth jetty if you want to make your evening into something a bit more special.
Summit Nepalese won't be the peak of your dining career, but it is a basic and pleasant stop on your journey to new places.