Sunday, June 10, 2007

nepali restaurant in delhi?

Ever since my first trip to Kathmandu, in 2002, I've been looking for a Nepali restaurant in Delhi. Shailaja even picked up a Nepali cookbook. But the key ingredient -- fermented bamboo -- for our favorite dish, aloo tama, so far can't be found.

Now, I realize that the Nepalese don't enjoy very high status in India, where they are looked upon with a sort of patronizing attitude. But I still can't comprehend why "Tibetan" momos (which in most places are more like Chinese jaozi than the yak meat dumplings you get in Tibet and its environs) are ubiquitous, yet you can't find a single joint that serves aloo tama and the other specialties of Nepal.

Ok, ok, I know, there are only three or so Keralite and one Goan (relocated to Gurgaon of all places) and most of the states/cuisines are hardly represented at all, outside their respective government-house canteens. But there are so many Nepalis IN Delhi, many with, as Indians say, "donkey's years" of experience as cooks. I just don't see why nobody's taken a flier on a few Nepali dishes at one of the momo joints or Indo-Chinese restaurants. And folks: I just KNOW there's a guy waiting in the wings at Flames who can knock out Nepali dishes like nobody's business if they just give him a chance. Beer and fermented bamboo... Mmmmm.

Somebody, please, prove me wrong. Any Nepali joints in town?

6 comments:

Deepak Bista said...

Dear Jason,
You are absolutely right and why some Nepali people have not taken any initiatives? It maybe because Delhi is very corrupt and Nepali people might not want to deal with corrupt officials as they are likely to give Nepali restauranteurs hard time.
Anyway if you were to visit Austrlia there are plenty of good Nepali restaurants. There is one such restaurant in Adelaide, Ausytralia. Check their website:
www.sagarmatha.com.au

sagarmatha said...

Nobody responded. I had thoght Nepalese cuisine would be more popular than this.
www.sagarmatha.com.au

Anonymous said...

hey, you will like this website - www.foodlet.in

it has the menus and phone numbers of all major restaurants in NCR region (increasing day by day).

make sure you check it out.

Bishwajit said...

yeah almost in maximum restaurant there is Nepali cooks even in House cook but i have never seen Nepali typical restaurant, just few Nepali restaurants are in Pahargunj area, bad luck to recognize as Bahadur as Home Servant, it is reality ......

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Neo said...

visit The Rai Restaurant, 1597 Autram Line, Kingsway Camp.
May be you will find something like Nepali.s

Yangdol said...

hey guys...ive been searching and searching for a new nepali/tibetan place in delhi and finally found one...they're just opened recently and here's the address...
the food was amazinggggg...i got to eact both momos---gyumas---allooo achar nepali style and the typical thali found in nepal..u guys should check it out too

YETI,The Himalayan Kitchen.50A,IInd floor,Hauzkhas Village.New Delhi-110016