Erin Ireland Nepali thali lunch special.

Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen

1141 Davie St.
604-565-7965
gurkha.ca

Rating: 4 out of 5
Price range: $$
Reservations: No
Licensed: Yes
Take-Out: Yes

The room was dim and the tables — complete with vases and real flowers — were set with care.

I was the first customer for lunch and happy I’d found the place. Its slightly obscure entrance (aided by major signage) is on the second floor adjacent to Shoppers on Davie Street.

Quiet Himalayan music played in the background while the Nepali server/owner/chef explained the menu, described as less oily and spicy than Indian cooking. Traditional dishes on his menu — all made from scratch — include momos, Sherpa chicken and more.

The lunch special, Nepali thali ($13), features three fragrant entrees — a perfect sampling if you’re unfamiliar with the style of food.

Quati consists mainly of beans and has a deep flavour as if it’s been cooked with meat. Aalu-kaauli, a smoky cauliflower potato curry, is lightly spiced and feels like comfort food, while jhaaneko daal is like a salty lentil soup with nuances of cumin and garlic.

We in Vancouver are lucky to have authentic Nepali food at the tips of our fingers. Add this restaurant to the top of your “must try” list.

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