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“Great flavours at a good price”

Mandala Nepalese Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 561 Restaurants in Randwick
Cuisines: Nepali
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 15, 2013

After a lovely night our and reading the reviews, I understand how this place could have mixed results.

On the upside, the place had a simple, family feel to it. The food seemed clean and wasn't too heavy. We had the dumplings, nan bread, prawns in coconut milk, chicken curry and a cold pistachio cream cake (I forgot it's name) and a similar frozen mango ice cake , which all had great flavors and a great Nepalese twist to each of them. There was also regular cold, tap-filled bottles of water being brought to the table. Finally, the bill was quite reasonable for all that we had. It worked out to be less than $30pp for a three-course meal.

On the downside, the table service was a little slow but not unbearable. This didn't reflect the pace in which the food came out. When we were ordering, the waitress's accent was a little heavy but if you asked again, you'd naturally pay more attention and she would slow down a little so you'd understand her. Again, not a big problem and at least they seemed to be genuine Nepalese. As for drinks, if you weren't interested in buying a wine then there wasn't much more available than coke and tea. However, we were happy with the water jugs.

All in all, I would happily go back there for a night out.

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Thank John S
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Lazy cooking let this restaurant down. The menu was good and varied and being newbies to nepalese cuisine we thought we had ordered a good cross section of the menu. For entrees we ordered the mixed entree comprising of black lentil pancakes, slow roasted pork belly, grilled chicken with szechuan pepper which turned out to be chicken dumplings (maybe lost in translation with my kiwi accent and the waitresses accent - although she did nod and smile alot) and grilled eggplant. The pancakes ended up being like lentil patties deepfried but had a crunch; the slow roasted pork belly was nearly tender but had also been panfried as they had a crust on each slice which dried it out; the dumplings were surprisingly tasty which softened the blow of the anticipated szechuan flavour and the eggplant was delicious - we were at 50/50 so far. Mains comprised of bamboo shoot curry with beans and potatoes, goat and cardamom curry - requested hot, deep fried tibetan bread and the nepalese garlic naan. To me this is where the lazy cooking kicks in; the goat and cardamom curry was all cardamom which over rode any chance of the goaty flavor coming through and the meat was dry and a little tough which if executed properly shouldnt happen with a nice slow braised curry. The heat in the curry was through added sliced little chillies which packed an amazing amount of heat; surely these could've been pounded in a mortar to at least spread the heat through the dish rather than in sporadic mouthfuls. Tasting for seasoning would have identified the faults in this dish. The bamboo shoot curry was all crunchy bean and potato with little bamboo shoot, quite disappointing to the other half who loves bamboo shoots! The deep fried tibetan bread was ok, nothing startling but the nepalese naan was the crowning disappointment of the night; it tasted of bottled garlic which is a crime against cooking of the highest order. All in all an average meal at a reasonable price softened by a lovely bottle of 2010 barossa shiraz.

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Thank kimbokiddy
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Flavoursome and spicy food that wants you to try more. Definitely different from Indian. Great cushion lounge dining area upstairs

Thank RichandLou720
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

The atmosphere and decor was very pleasant and the food amazing. The flavours were very unique. The chicken dumplings looked liked traditional Chinese pot stickers but were slightly spicy and served with a tandoori style sauce. The Black Lentil Pancakes were crunchy and mildly spiced. The goat curry - melt in your mouth with a rich sauce..
We ordered 4 entrees , 2 mains , 1 fried rice and 1 Tibetan bread ( deep fried naan) which was sufficient for 4 adults. The restaurant is BYO but the nearest bottle shop is at 147 Avoca Street ( Coach and Horse).
The Mango Lassi was the absolutely delicious and subley flavoured with just a hint of cinnamon and cardamom

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2  Thank paloma057
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

As a local, we decided to try this restaurant. We didn't know what to expect as we'd never tried Nepalese food. The lighting was very dim and it was difficult to read the menu.
It took 10 minutes to order as the waitresses English was very limited. When the food finally came,they had bought an extra dish which we hadn't ordered ( hence the language barrier ).
The meat in the curry was very tough, and prawns tasteless.
With bad service and bad food, we will definitely NOT be back

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1  Thank Daisyboss
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