Feeling a bit adventurous one night, Zen and I explore a new local Himalayan restaurant with our dear friends Nora and Yaz.

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn

Auburn is a suburb in Western Sydney, well known for its saturation of Middle Eastern and Asian supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants. In the last couple of years, I’ve also noticed an increase in the African and Himalayan communities. The wonderful thing about being in such a diverse country is being able to taste these new cultures without driving very far at all. I still haven’t tried African food yet but really enjoyed this gastronomic journey to the Himalayas.

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn - mango lassi and a milk tea

The restaurant set up is like an extended living room with traditional artifacts hanging on the walls. The booth style seats seem perfect for the young families seated around us.
Everybody starts with a round of mango lassi ($2.99) and I have the hot milk tea ($2.99).

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn - aloo dum - potato simmered with onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and exotic Himalayan herbs and spices

While the menu does feature English descriptions of each item, we decide to only order the dishes with funny sounding Nepali names. So the first dish we have is the aloo dum ($4.99). Bite sized potato pieces are simmered with onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and other herbs and spices. There’s a delicious rich and creamy taste that is aromatic with notes of garam masala.

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn - alu tama bodi - mix of bamboo shoot, black eyed peas and potato cooked in authentic Nepalese style

We also have the alu tama bodi ($10.99), a classic Nepali curry made with a mix of bamboo shoot, black-eyed peas and potatoes; and the chicken chilli momo ($7.99). We couldn’t resist not ordering a dish named ‘momo’! These turn out to be potstickers served in a chilli and slightly tangy sauce. It is punchy and full of flavour… The kick of the chilli (the hotness varies from a choice of mild through to atomic) warms us up instantly.

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn - chicken chilli momo (potstickers)

Following that, the chicken chowela ($8.99) and the chow mein ($8.99) are served. The chicken chowela is beautifully marinated and grilled, and plated with some amazing sides – spicy fried soyabeans (bhatmas sandeko), pickles and chiura, which is simply rice that has been pounded and toasted! The different textures and flavours play with each other really well. The chow mein is also scrumptious, showcasing the Himalaya’s cultural influence from Tibet.
And lastly, we are given some fennel seeds as an after-meal digestive and breath freshener. Like chewing gum after a meal, it kills off any desires to have dessert, which works splendidly with my new weight-loss goal.

Himalayan Fusion Cafe, Auburn - chicken chowela

Overall, I thought the staff were really courteous and passionate about introducing Himalayan cuisine to us. If you love your spices, you’ll love the Himalayan Fusion Cafe.
I think it has to be one of the newest best cheap eats in Sydney.
Himalayan Fusion Cafe
73 Rawson Street Auburn, NSW
Phone: (02) 9643 5660
Web: himalayanfusioncafe.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). 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.