Namaste Nepal: Review

Another newish venue for us this week, this time Namaste Nepal – a new Nepalese and Indian restaurant on Frogmore Street. We’d already eyed up the menu online and had some chats with the very friendly Sunny via Twitter, so we were pretty optimistic about our meal…

A mid-week booking combined with the fact that the restaurant is very new meant that it was fairly quiet when we arrived, but still managed to provide a welcoming and relaxed environment in which to enjoy our meal. The restaurant itself is beautiful: the walls are decorated in rich shades of red that are complemented by the tablecloths, the dining area lit by unobtrusive spotlights, and the large and well-stocked wood-panelled bar sitting in front of a beautiful patterned glass wall.

I have to confess that I’ve never been exposed to Nepalese food before. It was for this reason that, when the menus arrived, I asked for recommendations from the Nepalese half of the menu, ignoring the traditional Indian curry house dishes, much to the obvious delight of our host. All three of us eventually decided on the Dal Bhat – essentially, a Nepalese thali. Dal Bhat is a staple Nepali meal of rice and lentils, and appears on the Namaste Nepal menu in two different forms: Dal Bhat Masu (with meat), and Dal Bhat Tarkari (with vegetables). The former is priced at £16.95, the latter at £13.95, and both include rice, dal (lentils), cauli tarkari (a cauliflower and potato curry), a poppadum, homemade tomato chutney and a choice of meat/vegetable-based dish from the Nepalese menu.

The poppadums appeared at our table first: crisp and non-greasy and served with the obligatory dishes of mango chutney, raita, finely chopped onion salad and a wonderfully fiery lime pickle that we ended up asking for a second bowl of!

The poppadums were followed by a wait of around 45 minutes for our Dal Bhat, which had us a little concerned. All concern dissipated, though, when our food turned up – it both looked and smelled beautiful.

Laura had ordered the Hass (duck) Choyala for a £1 supplement (£9.90 if ordered on its own as a main dish): chunks of grilled duck breast marinated in traditional Nepalese spices and served on a sizzling platter with onions…

…and Nick ordered the same dish, but with mutton rather than lamb (£9.10 on its own as a main). The speed with which he wolfed it down suggested that he quite enjoyed it 🙂

I decided to go for the mutton momo (£7.95 as a main on their own, or £4.70 as a starter), after seeing Sunny raving about them on Twitter! The meat with which they were filled was beautifully spiced, and the simple flour and water-based dumpling cases were lovely, and with a nice and firm texture compared with similar versions that I’ve had in Chinese restaurants. The portion size was massive, particularly considering that this wasn’t the whole of our main course.

We were also presented with metal trays containing the other dishes in our Dal Bhat…

The portion of rice (the ‘bhat’ part of the dish) that we were each given was enormous! This was accompanied by four metal dishes. The bowl on the left in the above picture contained the Cauli Tarkari: a lightly-spiced cauliflower and potato dish in a tasty sauce of tomatoes, herbs and onions. We were also given a portion of spinach (which wasn’t listed as part of the dish on the menu!), a bowl of traditional yellow lentil soup (dal) and a fourth bowl containing a homemade creamy tomato chutney, which had a lovely tomato flavour to it on the first taste and quite a kick to it afterwards!

This is definitely a meal for the hungry – I had to pass a number of my dumplings over to Nick to finish. And it didn’t stop there: our lovely host brought us a spiced poppadum each to try with our mains: yet another example of how friendly and accommodating Namaste Nepal is, and how eager the staff are to ensure that their customers enjoy their experience.

With drinks (two soft drinks and two small glasses of wine), the bill came to just over £60 in total for the three of us: a bargain, considering the portion sizes, the quality of the food and  the brilliant service that we received. I’ll definitely be heading back here again…

Namaste Nepal

Website: http://www.n-nepal.co.uk

Telephone: 0117 930 0779

Address: Unit 2, Unite House, Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA

Find Namaste Nepal on the Bristol Bites Directory…

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9 Responses to Namaste Nepal: Review

  1. Hear hear! My tummy is still grinning 🙂 So many more Nepalese dishes on the menu still to try too!

  2. Looks and sounds delicious! I must go here soon (ensuring I haven't eaten for a day or two first) 🙂

  3. Sounds great. Would have loved to try it. After 1 hour and 15 minutes (half an hour after promised delivery) we cancelled order and made cheese on toast. On the phone the staff were lovely and very apologetic. Apparently it was the manager who phoned us at our door 20 mins after cancelling and hung upon us after refusing. We were prepared to give the benefit of the doubt and try again until then. We were curious about the menu and the prices suggest the food should be good but…what can you do? Can't get the management these days…

    • Hello Richard. Once again we are extremely sorry for the rudeness displayed by some of our staff, and the amount of time you had to wait for your delivery. We hope that this experience hasn't scared you off and we would love to prove to you how our staff usually treat customers. We hope that you return to the restaurant and give us a second chance.

      Thank you.
      Nicole Shipley.
      Namaste Nepal.

  4. Decor was fantastic however was highly dissapointed with the food in this resturant – I would not recommend to anyone. After a fairly pleseant starter I ordered the 'duck' main which was meant to come out on a sizzler hot plate. The duck (which we believed to be lamb) was nearly cold and very tough to chew, and the sizzlling hot plates had 'run out' even though there were only 2 tables in the restaurant. The main was somehow a smaller portion than the starter which was quite suprising?

    Granted, we did have a groupon voucher so expectations wern't high. But it was almost like they didn't want us to come back.

    • Hello Adam, I am a worker at Namaste Nepal. As a restaurant, we are all extremely sorry and deeply disheartened that you feel as though you didnt receive the quality of service that you deserved. We would like to speak to you privately so you can tell us exactly what you feel made your night at Namaste Nepal unsatisfiable and hopefully regain your trust and custom in the near future.

      Nicole Shipley.
      Namaste Nepal.

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