28 August 2013
Impromptu dinner plans on a Tuesday night! Our group of 4 hungry tummies rocked up without a booking at Himalayan Nepalese Restaurant in Vic Park. Don’t risk this move on a Friday or weekend because this popular restaurant is often super busy.
Nepalese food reminds me of Indian cuisine with its curries and spices. None of the dishes that I’ve tried at Himalayan Nepalese is very spicy but almost everything is really tasty and rich. This is definitely a place to share some mains with rice or naan bread.
Complimentary spiced nuts
I love freebies. These spiced nuts were salty and moreish, so we picked on them as we decided what to order. It wasn’t long at all before my greedy eyes spotted our food arriving from the kitchen.
Chicken momo ($14.50)
The dumplings are so awesome. You can opt for chicken, lamb, or vegetable filling. Momo are similar to the delightful xiaolongbao soup dumplings that you find at dim sum restaurants (one of my fav spots is Xintiandi). The outside wrappers are soft and tender, while the filling inside is juicy and packed with flavour. Dipping sauce adds extra moisture but the dumplings are tasty enough to eat on their own.
Chef’s special goat curry ($21.50)
Goat curry is one of our favourites at this restaurant because the meat is tender and it swims about in a rich tomato-based sauce. Not a spicy curry but still very tasty. For those readers who haven’t eaten goat before, it tastes like lamb but more meaty. It seems animals that sound similar often taste similar *baaaa* haha.
Garlic naan ($5 per serving)
We ordered a serving of steamed rice, plus two servings of garlic naan. The bread was nice and oily with a fairly strong garlic flavour. Perfect to mop up the curry sauce! Trust me, you don’t want any to go to waste.
Saag ra paneer ($17.50)
Mmmm this dish was one of the highlights of our meal! The baked cheese cubes were lightly browned on the outside, but the texture remained smooth and moist (heh, that’s what he said). Paneer is similar to ricotta cheese but it’s less wet. We scooped up all the wonderful creamy spinach sauce with our naan bread. I think I prefer this dish to the Indian version (for example, the one I enjoyed at Paprika Club).
Chara ko sekuwa ($21)
The marinated chicken thighs are cooked in a Tandoori oven, which gives them a light smoky flavour. We unanimously agreed that the minty yoghurt dipping sauce was awesome. However, I reckon this dish paled in comparison to all the other delicious food on the table.
Our meal for 4 people came to roughly $90, with a small container of leftover food for breakfast! Service was attentive and friendly, plus the waitress brought water to our table without us having to ask.
I found out that Himalayan Nepalese has expanded and now has restaurants in Inglewood and Mosman Park. The expansion hasn’t affected the quality of their food so this restaurant remains one of my family’s favourites!
Likes: delicious food, free nibbles, good service
Dislikes: missing out on a table (so make a booking for weekends)
Value for money: decent
Overall: one of my family’s fav restaurants in Vic Park
419 Albany Hwy
Victoria Park WA
(08) 6161 8645