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