A great informal restaurant with attentive and friendly service and very good Nepalese food on the Cowley Road in Oxford. Varied menu gives the opportunity to try a number of unique and tasty dishes, drawing influences and flavours from a wider range of South Easta Asian cuisines than a regular Indian restaurant. Prices very good too with bill coming to £43 for 2 people having 2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 vegetable side dishes, rice and bread, all washed down with 2 pints of draught Cobra and a mango lassi!
Stand out dishes were both starters/sides, but may also be available as mains. Khasi Chhyola, which was shredded lamb with a nicely balanced blend of aromatic spices, mustard heat and lemon and herbs (coriander and mint), along with Bhute Ko Kera which was fried plantain with a great texture (soft but crunchy), balanced with mild Keralan style spices (curry leaf, mustard seeds) tomatoes and onions. Both of these were truly unique and delicious.
Chicken Momo (spicy dumplings) with mild achar (pickle), Masu Aloo (lamb and potatoes with a good tangy flavour and nice heat build at the end, Malekhu Machha (salmon tikka in a sweet and tangy sauce flavoured with Himalayan pepper, which is similar to szechuan) and Bodi Tama Aloo (black eyed beans, bamboo shoots, and potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) were also very good.
We very much enjoyed our lunch (and we had plenty to take away for another meal after this huge feed) and will definitley return as we have only scratched the surface of the extensive menu. They also have regular Indian dishes available as well though if you are feeling less adventurous.
Parking can be tricky but do ask the staff who will help you to find a legal spot for your vehicle in this busy area.