340 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
(03) 9428 1240
BYO: Yes, $2 per person
Price: Entrées $5.90-$8.90, Mains $12.50-$16.90
Parking: Along Bridge Road, side streets
Hubby and I have never been fans of Indian food – for some reason the richness and the spices do not agree with us and inevitably a few hours later we end up on the toilet! (I tried to put it nicely!)
Nepalese cuisine is similar to Indian cuisine, but I would say it is more subtle than Indian. The food doesn’t seem quite as rich but it is just as tasty. This is only the third time hubby and I have had Nepalese food and our first time at Himalayan Sherpa.
The restaurant is small and the tables are very close together, but the place has a cozy feel, partly due to the dim lighting. There were two tables of large groups while we were dining so it got quite noisy. The staff were friendly and attentive, coming back to ask how your food was.
The menu consisted of 10 entrees and about 19 mains, with a good selection of vegetarian dishes. All dishes can be made mild, medium or hot on request. Some of the menu items didn’t have an adequate description but the waiter was able to give us a bit of an idea. We decided on two entrées and two mains.
The first entrée that came out was the Samosa Chat. All the menu said in the description was “refreshing dish with sweet and tangy taste”. What came out was a crispy deep fried samosa filled with potato and perhaps something else (which we couldn’t identify), sitting on a pappadum and topped with chickpeas, the most delicious tangy sauce and cucumber yogurt. It was quite a simple dish but there was something about the sauce and the crispy batter of the samosa that pulled the whole thing together and made it our favourite dish of the night!
The second entrée was the Aloo Kebab. It was two potato croquettes filled with a tasty lamb mince. This dish was not bad but couldn’t compare with the previous one.
Hubby wanted to try the goat curry for a main but I cannot stomach the idea of eating a goat. I am not that adventurous yet! Instead we ordered the Sekuwa Masala which was chargrilled chicken thigh pieces with a coriander tomato relish. I’m not that good in identifying Indian spices so unfortunately can’t tell you what was in the sauce. It was more like a curry than a relish. The chicken was tender and we liked the flavour of the sauce.
The last dish was a prawn curry. The serve was quite small with only 8 prawns, but the sauce was really tasty. Though the colour of the curry looked the same as our chicken sauce, the flavours were quite different. This dish was nice, but we preferred the chicken.
We also got a side of steamed rice and roti. The roti was more like Indian flat bread than the Malaysian roti we are used to but it was good to have something to mop up all the yummy sauces.
The prices are reasonable and we enjoyed the food. We would come back again when we are craving something different from our usual Chinese or Western fare.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx