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Best Bites: Taste of Nepal captured on a plate

Traditional Nepalese cuisine is on offer at Farnborough based Gurkha Palace

Nar Bk, a chef in the kitchen at the Gurkha Palace

Gurkha Palace offers a selection of traditional dishes that have been carefully selected and blended to give customers the authentic taste of Nepalese cuisine.

Owner Surya Gurung, 44, who took over ownership of the business in Farnborough Road, Farnborough, in 2004, has built up a rapport with many regular customers over the last 10 years with many referring to the restaurant as their second home.

Nepal is home to many tribal races, all with their own unique customs, so as a result the taste of Nepalese cuisine can vary within the country.

Mr Gurung said: “When someone comes in and they don’t know what Nepalese curry is like it’s a bit difficult to explain sometimes because Nepal is in between India and China so the flavour is a mix somewhere in between the two. Nepalese dishes are less oily – that’s the difference.”

He added: “Some of our more regular customers are now so familiar with the dishes they don’t need to see the menu, they know what they want straight away.”

Gurkha Palace, 78 Farnborough Road, Farnborough,
Gurkha Palace, 78 Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire
 

Some of Gurkha Palace’s most popular dishes include the momo dumplings, the ‘staff curry’ – a medium-spiced chef’s own style of homemade lamb curry – or, for those that enjoy spicier dishes, the sherpa kukhura– a hot, chicken curry made with 17 different herbs and spices.

For those that have never tried Nepalese curry before, Mr Gurung recommends kukhurako masu, a medium curry made with tender boneless chicken in an original Nepalese sauce.

Mr Gurung’s favourite dish is the piro kukhura chilli chicken curry, a deep fried chicken dish cooked with peppers, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, chilli sauce and chilli oil.

There is plenty for vegetarians too, with a selection of clay oven dishes as well as curry house favourites such as saag aloo and saag paneer.

Gurkha Palace has been shortlisted in the British Curry Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of the curry industry, for the last two years and was named Best Nepalese Restaurant by the Nepalese Business Association (NBA) UK in 2012.

Mr Gurung said: “We want to show people how we serve typical Nepalese curry and our services, we try to maintain a high standard.”

The restaurant offers a set menu, for a minimum of two people, which includes a choice of starter, a chicken, lamb or shrimp curry – spiced on request – and mixed vegetables, rice and naan bread for £18 per person.

On Sundays, the restaurant runs a buffet service and takeaway and home delivery services are also available seven days a week, with free delivery on Fridays and Saturdays within a four-mile radius on orders over £20 and there’s a 15% discount of takeaway collection.

In February each year Mr Gurung hosts a special charity night at the restaurant to celebrate the anniversary of him becoming the owner.

At this year’s event more than £4,000 was raised for the Frimley Park Hospital Special Baby Care Unit and around £25,000 has been raised for local and Nepalese charities over the last 10 years.

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