Monday, September 11, 2006

Himalayan Sherpa

On Saturday I went to Himalyan Sherpa on Bridge Road Richmond. I had never had Nepalese food before so was quite excited about it. The restaurant is small but cosy inside. It probably needs a bit more lighting though.

Since there was three of us, we were surprisingly seated at a table for three. Who was the fourth guest, why Buddha of course. This is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. The table was up against this stand that had Buddha and some candles. It felt a bit weird as my friend commented, like we were being watched and had to be careful what we did or said.

As usual, we ordered dishes to share. We got a safe bet in Chicken Curry, a more risky dish in Yak Style Lamb Curry, a rare dish in Goat Curry, Jogi Bhat (Nepalese fried rice) and Roti. I have to say that the food was only average. It was ok but there was nothing different about it, it might as well have been Indian curries, but less spicy, which worked against it I thought. I like curries to be hot and fiery and full of flavour. All the curries here were fairly bland, even the fried rice that looked nice was bland. The roti was too hard and dry. If you love curries, I would recommend that you go to Namaskar India instead. There the prices are cheaper, the curries better, the best entrees and many varieties of delicious bread.

Above: Chicken Curry

Above: Jogi Bhat - Nepalese fried rice

Above: Goat Saag - goat specialty with spinach

Above: Yak Style Lamb Curry - lamb cooked as mountain sherpa's yak curry

For dessert, Himalayan Sherpa didn't really have anything so we headed off to Lygon street and Cafe Trevi for some cake. The Baci cake wasn't that good. The chocolate frosting was way too sweet and hard. The tiramisu was alright, the texture was good but a bit light on the flavour. The Toblerone cheesecake was the best I thought. Just enough chocolate flavour while still tasting like cheesecake.

Above: Baci Cake

Above: Tiramisu

Above: Toblerone Cheesecake

Overall Rating: 10/20, Wasn't bad food but no different to Indian curries, which are more flavoursome and cheaper too. Give it a try if only to say you've tried Nepalese food. Possibly some of the other dishes may be more unique to Nepalese cuisine.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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