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.
Superb food! One of the best Indians I have visited in Scotland! We booked a table for 4 people at short notice and arrived to be seated immediately. Great menu with varied options. After poppadoms and chutneys I ordered the Mixed Meat and Prawn Sizzler with Jeera Pillao rice and a Keema Naan. The Sizzler had king Prawn, lamb and chicken tikka served on a hot sizzler plate with a wonderful aromatic spicy sauce. The rice was delicately spiced with cumin and the Naan bread was buttered and had the right amount of keema inside it. An excellent meal - I would thoroughly recommend it and will be coming again!
I really enjoyed my evening at this resturant, the staff were very friendly, food excellent and they made an extra effort as it was my birthday. If/when I’m next in Edinburgh, I’ll definitely be making a visit back to the Namaste. Regards Dean
Food was tip-top and overall experience excellent. We had been to numerous Indian restaurants over Edinburgh and this was definitely one of the best. Liked the Nepalese variety, too.