Nepalese cuisine has always been an area of intrigue for me. I love that it showcases the geographical influences from China and India… It always tastes a little bit familar, yet different.

I used to walk past The Nepalese Kitchen daily when we lived in Surry Hills, but it wasn’t until we decided to move that we made an effort to dine there. It was one of those places that always looked too crowded to accomodate our spontaneity. Thankfully on this particular night, we manage to nab the last available table!

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - interior of restaurant

The menu is designed to be shared and features an extensive selection of starters, curries, side accompaniments, salads, rotis, and relishes.

My fresh lime soda ($3.50) is unfortunately more like bottled lemonade than a housemade concoction but everything else is absolutely delightful.

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - feast

We start with the maacha pakauda (4 pieces, $9) which is a choice of either fish or prawns, marinated in chilli and lime and deep-fried in a high besan (chickpea) batter. Of course we go for the prawns. The crisp golden brown chickpea crust is piping hot and so inviting. We lather each piece with lots of the accompanying yoghurt achar. Delicious!

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - battered prawns

The momo (4 per serve, $9) is available in either spicy chicken, vegetable, or cheese and spinach. Our choice of spicy chicken is divine. I love the slight chew and silkyness of the dumpling skin and the gorgeous deep tomato flavours of the tomato relish.

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - momo dumplings

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - roti

Steamed basmati rice is $2.50 person, but I also add on the roti paratha ($5), a flaky, crisp bread, and some papadams ($3) which offer extra crunch and textural excitement to the meal.

The relishes are a stand out for me – each one of them reads as enticing as the next. Our nariwal achaar ($4) is a delectable combination of fresh coconut with coriander, green chilli, lime, mustard seeds and curry leaves and is just so fragrant and lush.

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - eggplant

The bhanta ($12.90) is a must order – it’s a curry of eggplant, potatoes and cherry tomatoes sauteed with cumin, garlic, ginger and chilli. It’s not the wet curry you’d expect it to be but it has a beautiful depth of flavour which pairs brilliantly with the kukhura poleko ($17), chargrilled chicken fillets which have been marinated in a house blend of spices.

The Nepalese Kitchen , Surry Hills - chargrilled chicken

All in all, the menu is very affordable and there’s a great balance of textures and flavours. I especially adore their extensive vegetarian options (but meat eaters won’t go hungry either)! This is definitely a place worth returning to.

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The Nepalese Kitchen
482 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW
Phone: (02) 9319 4264

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

We used ot go to Trinity a lot an always walked past here wondering how it was. Looks pretty good :)

Eat Online
Eat Online

Awesome place! great food! good prices! a definite must go


I didn't know that such a wonderful food joint was nearby. I have never tasted Nepalese food before. In fact didn't know that a country by that name even existed until I came across this article.But now I'll sure check it out sometime.

Tina @ bitemeshowme
Tina @ bitemeshowme

I don't think I've ever had Nepalese food. It's something I must try soon :)

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy

I really love Nepalese food, though have only stopped in here for ice-cream (random I know).