Review on The Sherpa Kitchen
Nepal comes to Esher in the shape of this fascinating neighbourhood restaurant, The Sherpa Kitchen. It doesn't look much from the outside, but once you pass through the door it opens out like a Tardis, with three floors including a mezzanine level. The décor is clean, neat and minimalist with genuine Nepalese artefacts adding an extra touch of authenticity.
The menu is long and complex with few concessions to western palates – although presentation is precise and artistic. Starters feature many of the classics from the Nepalese tradition, including bhutuwa stir-fried chicken livers and momo (delicately spiced steamed pork dumplings served with tomato chutney).
Nepalis have their own version of a tandoor called a chuli: here it is deployed for everything from chicken and lamb to marinated belly pork and salmon, which comes to the table with flamed rosemary.
Vegetables, pulses and herbs are one of the hallmarks of the cooking and the selection here is extraordinary, from classic allo tama bodi (bamboo shoots, potatoes and black-eyed beans in a lightly sour sauce) to steamed pumpkin sprinkled with red pepper. Other high points are khasi tang (slow-cooked knuckle of lamb with chick peas) and aduwa machha (pan-seared red mullet with ginger and spring onions).
Added to this there are even a few specialities from Tibet on the menu including a traditional noodle soup and fried rice.
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Bire Rana Gurung
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 1.00 - 9.00pm Sun
Dinner: 5.00 - 11.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card