Three years ago, the Giri family from Nepal established the Kathmandu Restaurant in Bygdøy Allé in the capital of Oslo. Sakun is the excellent waitress, speaking almost fluently Norwegian. Mother Indira is preparing the delicious dishes while the father Chandra, brother Roshan and sister in law Sonima works to make the restaurant a valuable supplement to the rich culinary delights in the Norwegian capital. Don’t know much about Nepalese food? Another reason to visit the only Nepalese restaurant in Norway.
Sakun tells us that her family has enormous enthusiasm for producing great Nepali food, which is a delightful blend of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cultures. Nepal is a fascinating place with a cuisine full of complex and satisfying flavors.
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Cultural and historical exploration
The simple and pleasurable act of eating becomes an opportunity for both cultural and historical exploration in Khatmandu Restaurant.
For starters we had Nepalese dumplings, called momo. Usually, they are a side dish in Nepal filled with steamed vegetables or meat and encased in fluor-based dough. For us, a combination of steamed and fried dumplings served with delicious strong and spicy dips was the perfect overture.
Momo is also a great opportunity to enhance your children’s palette by getting them to try a taste of the dip. Momo is also something that tastes delicious on its own and rarely gets a refusal from a child.
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Then, we were served popcorn as a waiting dish.
Lamb and chicken
For main dish we had grilled lamb and chicken. Nepal has used lamb as a source of meat throughout their long history due to its flavorful tender taste and texture. This is a dish that takes its time since the lamb is first slow-cooked in the curry with onions before it is removed, grilled, and sealed with a spicy chili mix. It’s then transferred back to the curry and cooked a bit more.
The grilled chicken was juicy and superb. The main dish was accompanied with rice.
“Rice is the foundation of many a Nepalese meal and is normally eaten twice a day in Nepal,” says Sakun. “Meat alone is never enough to fill your stomach, so we use plenty of rice and little extra!” she adds.
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For dessert we were served Gulabjamun and yoghurt. Delicious!
Like in Scandinavia, people are supposed to eat their plates empty. We must admit, we were being so full that we probably not were considered to be the most-polite guests this evening.
Beer and wine
Whether you favor beer or wine with your dishes, you’ll find the right accompaniments at Kathmandu restaurant. For starters, we enjoyed the Gurkha beer, named after the native soldiers recruited for the British army. For the main dish we chose a Spanish red wine, called Himalaya, specially made for the Asian cuisine.
Unique Nepalese cuisine
Kathmandu restaurant in Oslo has brought a new taste to the capital. Its unique Nepalese cuisine will have your taste buds dancing and your appetite wanting more. Enjoy the genuine Nepalese atmosphere, and organize your next meal with your partner or friends. There is also a chambre separee to entertain a party up to twenty persons in the restaurant.
The Only Nepalese Restaurant in Norway, reviewed by Tor Kjolberg