Namaste Kathmandu is flying the flag for Nepalese cuisine in Edinburgh. Their chef is born and bred in Baglung, Nepal, and has had over 30 years of experience in the kitchen, from Kathmandu to New Delhi and Singapore and now Edinburgh. His reputation has lead foodies from around Scotland to flock to Forrest Road in the Old Town, serving up specialities from his homeland and more well-known Indian dishes on the side.
Nepalese cuisine is a fusion of Indian, Tibetan and Pakistani food, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and strong spices. The special Thali selection at Namaste Kathmandu – served on a traditional metal serving tray – is filled with a selection of curries and sundries to excite the tastebuds. When one enters the eatery on Forrest Road in Edinburgh Old Town, one is faced with a riot of smells and flavours that are a set apart from the usual curry house fare of Scotland’s capital.
While Nepalese food may be overshadowed by their big brother to the south, there is plenty that makes their cuisine stand out to that of their Indian cousins. The starter selections at Namaste Kathmandu include familiar favourites – pakoras, samosas, sheekh kebabs – but they set themselves apart with their repertoire of classics straight from Nepal. Mo Mo dumplings, influenced by Chinese tastes, are present, as are Himalayan-style barbequed chicken. Mains at this Forrest Road restaurant include Indian thali trays and Nepali sherpa cheese and chicken, as well as vegetarian delicacies such as marinated mushroom and potato curry and daal with jimbu, a spice native to Nepal. This unique style of cooking is rarely seen in Scotland, and the restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town can get busy, but if you book a table in advance, you can be sure of getting yourself a place.
Excellent food at reasonable prices. Wide choice of dishes on the menu including vegetarian options. Friendly and attentive staff. I would go back to this restaurant again
Excellent food and service. Great to have a menu where one can choose the amount of heat in the dish. Can only praise this restaurant.
Excellent food, everyone was impressed and there were 10 of us. I received many compliments afterwards from people in the party. We will definitely be returning
Excellent food, excellent service! Really enjoyed the Mo-Mo and will be back to sample more of their dishes... Tho' less impressed with Quandoo forcing me to write 25 word minimum!
Once again, such a delightful evening spent at Namaste Kathmandu. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly; very attentive throughout the entire night. The food was absolutely exquisite - full of flavour and a very generous amount. The wine was also lovely. The only thing that stops me from giving this a full star rating is that the food took a little bit longer to come than I would have liked. However, it was Valentine's day evening and it was DEFINITELY worth the wait!! I highly recommend Namaste Kathmandu.
Excellent Food and Service. We had a party of 12 people and were running 30 mins late from our original booking. We called and informed the restaurant and they were fully understanding, which was exceptional given the busy period of the Festival and the demand for tables. All my guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening and all have vowed to return sometime soon. Well Done to all at Namaste Kathmandu
We had a wonderful meal at Namaste Kathmandu - it's quite conveniently located, service was friendly, accurate and speedy, and the food was incredible. We tried the tandoori king prawns, vegetable dumplings, fish curry and slow cooked lamb from the Nepalese menu - and we definitely recommend them all! Will certainly return next time we are in the area.
This little gem on Forrest Road, Edinburgh is surprisingly spacious and bright inside with modern and stylish decor. They offer a varied menu, fantastic food and excellent service. Well worth a visit to Namaste Kathmandu.
The first thing we noticed was the scent of herbs and spices. The promise this held was delivered by the wonderful dishes and underlined by the non-alcoholic fruit cocktails which tickled our taste buds. The staff were friendly and comfortably attentive. We had found this restaurant online and chose it amongst other reasons with logistics in mind. We will most definitely go back!
The service was good, the people were kind, the meal was delicious and the price was a good value. Will definitely be returning to Namaste Kathmandu.