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Published October 16th 2012
Hungry for Himalayan?
One of my all time favourite restaurants in Adelaide has to be the Taste of Nepal. Located on the Parade in Kensington this is hands down the best Nepalese restaurant in Adelaide in my opinion. In fact I prefer it to a lot of Indian restaurants.
The restaurant is well-staffed, fully licensed restaurant offers a few dining options including several different rooms, external courtyard or two private function areas. I have dined in myself many times and ordered countless takeaways. The prices are good given the quality of the food, and range from $9.90-$13.50 for entrees, up to $16.90-$28.50 for mains.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated Nepalese style with ornaments, statues, wall hangings and paintings that contribute to the cosy, homely feel of the place. The white tablecloths add a formal touch. The staff are warm, friendly and polite, and only too willing to help you make the difficult decision on what to choose, and also how to pronounce, some of the dishes.
There are many spicy entrees too choose from; the fried barramundi (Tareko Machha) battered with chickpea flour and ground mustard is to die for, and the Sekuwa (chicken marinated in roasted cumin and coriander with yoghurt and lemon) is delicious. The Samosa's are the best I've had and always taste fresh, the Aaloo Bara (potato, cheese, onion and coriander patties) are also a great start to any meal. The mixed entrée is a good option to sample all of the above dishes, and more.
For mains I can't go past the Khukhura Lali Gurash (butter chicken) which is subtle, creamy and tender. The Machha Tarkari (fish curry) is aromatic and flavoursome, they also offer village style goat dishes, a selection of curry dishes, and a traditional spiced Masu lamb curry. If you're in a group the Banquet is a good idea as you can sample the many varied and different tastes. And the vegetarians aren't forgotten either; Daal Bhat Tarkari is an excellent dish even if you're not a vegetarian.
The mixed vegetable and curried vegetable dishes are an excellent accompaniment to the meat dishes, so too are the raita, deep fried eggplant, roti and traditional Nepalese lentils. The Chef's special ice cream (with pistachio nuts, cardamom and cream) is a great way to finish a delightful meal.
And to think their chef used to be my neighbour too... I've never eaten there though. I will now, sometime. His wife did bring me some of her curry once, come to think of it. Sounds like good food there. From memory, her curry was pretty good too.