- Telephone 0131 225 2832
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
- Average price £8.50 (set lunch); £13.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.gurkhacafe.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Gurkha Café proudly showcases the cuisine of Nepal in a venue where remnants of previous tenants remain: the incongruous mock-rustic Italian terracotta tile-roofed bar now shares space with stupas and Annapurna posters. Aside from a couple of tables looking out onto Cockburn Street, there is a large dining space through the back which is rather dark apart from candles and fairy lights. As such, it’s difficult to discern much detail in what you’re eating, which is a shame. Familiar Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, from korma to rogan josh, fill out the menu but key to the healthier Nepalese version is the lack of ghee. Not that the pakoras and deep-fried ‘lollypop’ chicken wings to start seem healthy. For mains, you will probably be drawn to a ‘Nepalese super dish’ – a curry of tandoor-cooked meat in a dense, sweet sauce, served on a sizzling platter. The achari lamb is similarly rich, while roti is a suitable accompaniment. Wash the lot down with a tasty Gurkha beer and contemplate going Nepalese next time you fancy a curry.
- High point: An interesting introduction to Nepalese cookery
- Low point: Lighting is a little too low
The food of Nepal is as diverse as the country itself. The Nepalese recipes are quick to cook and good to eat. Nepalese food is famous for its nutrition level and tempting taste. Whilst Nepalese cuisine is somewhat basic, it certainly does not lack in flavour, making extensive use of spices and flavourings such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chillies, cilantro, mustard oil and butter.
Nepalese food is very healthy. For people travelling to Nepal on vacation, back-packing or trekking it is good to know what food is eaten in Nepal in order to prepare for the trip. Nepalese food is heavily influenced by Indian and Tibetan cuisine and consequently you should come across a wide variety of food during your stay. International foods from across the globe are particularly represented in restaurants in Kathmandu.
Although traditional Nepalese food is often described as ‘bland’, Nepalese cuisine is certainly healthy and extremely nourishing.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Sitar music
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2011
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
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