Nepal officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. A fairly stranger country for me and Nepalese cuisine also sound really “exotic” and definitely out of my knowledge *seem like I have to study more about cuisine all around the world =.=”*
Thanks to Robin, the friendly owner of Restaurant Nepal – Himalayan Cuisine @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas for the arrangement, together with my fellow foodie friends, we had a great Nepalese meal and also widen our knowledge about Nepalese cuisine and their culture.
The location of the restaurant is not hard to find, just walk out from exit neat the T.G.I Friday’s and Restaurant Nepal – Himalayan Cuisine is just diagonally across the road. Dimly lit, exposed brick wall with dark wooden tables and chairs, simple but exudes a warm homey vibes.
Nepalese decorations thrown in here and there.
Nepali Masala Chya (RM 5.00)
Teh Tarik with a twist, an interesting hint of spice towards the end.
Nepali Lemon Tea (RM 3.00)
Fresh Mango Lassi (RM 12.00)
Made from fresh mango puree and yogurt, it was adequately thick and creamy but I wish it can be served colder.
Shangri-lla (Glass – RM 9.00/glass or RM 40.00/jar)
House special concoction of red wine, fruit juice and shredded apple, taste resembled of Sangria but more easier to the palate. I love it!
Snack Platter (RM 24.00)
The best way to introduce Nepalese cuisine to a first-timer like us! This colourful platter consisted of 6 different dishes included Momo (4pcs), Nepali Salad, Mushroom peas, Chicken Chili, Aloo Silam & Bhuteko Bhatmas.
Steamed Chicken Momo
This dish is to me an incarnation of Xiao Long Bao without the broth encasing in it. The minced chicken filling was firm with toothsome bite, pretty good stuff I must say.
I love mushrooms, give me anytime I’ll polished them off effortlessly
Battered chicken marinated in herbs and cooked with sweet and sour sauce, obviously a Chinese influenced dish You may choose it original spicy, mild or non-spicy.
Aloo Silam (bottom)
Boiled potatoes marinated with red onion & silam (Perilla seeds), the taste was unmemorable for me.
Deep-fried crispy soya beans marinated in Nepalese spices. On sampling just one piece and you will get your tempo going on, seriously addictive!
Sliced cabbage, carrot, capsicum, onions, tomatoes blended with herbs. This was also mediocre in my books but no harm have more vegetables, right?
Deep Fried Momo (RM 7.00 / 4pcs)
A Tibetian dumplings with Nepali spices, originally filled with buffalo/yak meat but now also with goat or chicken as well as vegetarian preparations.
Oh la la, this is so delicious! Perfect crunch, crispy skin with dense minced chicken filling. The chili dipping served along deserved a special mention too, it was slightly zing and packed a nice fiery punch!
Pan Fried Momo (RM 7.00 / 4pcs)
Another preparation style but I prefer the former
Chata-mari (RM 12.00)
Nepalese version of pizza, a rice batter crepes topped with minced chicken, egg, tomatoes, onions, spring onions & coriander. The taste was bordered on bland and it tasted fared much better with the chili sauce.
Same cooking style as the previous Chicken Chili, recommended to eat while it still hot or else the mutton pieces will turn harden.
Jhol Maccha (RM 18.00)
River fish (carp fish was used here) cooked in light curry gravy, the spiciness was mild with a nice sour tang, I think it would taste great with white rice However I found the fish was a tad too boney and I detected a mild muddy taste which quite a put off for me >.<
Fars Ko Dal Ra Khasi Ko Nali (RM 18.00)
Huge chunks of mutton marrow submerged in thick and creamy mashed pumpkin curry infused with Nepalese spices. I was told by Robin that a type of imported chili from Nepal (Timmur) was used to created the special tingling sensation when your savor this dish. I personally cannot accept the sweetness in the curry and the texture of the mutton was not tender enough for my liking too. It was just a matter of preference here as I’ve read some good comments of this pumpkin curry too, so don’t take my words for it, try it yourself!
Chicken Thakali Thali Set (RM 15.00)
This is the common staple food that eaten throughout the country. The set comprised of rice, black bean daal, Nepalese curry chicken, an assortment of vegetables and chutney.
The black bean dal was unique in terms of texture and taste which slightly reminiscent of the black glutinous rice tong sui albeit this was not as sweet as the later ^__*
Verdict: There were some hits and misses but overall the dining experience itself was really impressive and I will come back for the snack platter and of course more momo!!
Restaurant Nepal – Himalayan Cuisine F-0-6, Plaza Damas 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +603 6206 3904 / +6016 9770 718 Facebook: www.facebook.com/RestaurantNepalKL Business hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3pm , 6pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 11:30am – 10pm