Taste of Nepal really is just that – A taste of Nepal right here in Thrapston.
Situated in The Bridge Hotel, the Taste of Nepal has recently reopened. A kitchen refurbishment was required for chef, Khadak Singh Khatrichetri, to create his authentic Nepalese dishes.
As most Thrapston residents will already be aware, The Bridge Hotel is under new ownership. We were delighted to meet Mandy Chagger the new owner and to hear that the staff, including the owners all ate in the restaurant – which is always a good assessment of any eatery!
We began our evening with drinks in the bar, again all fully refurbished. A few jobs still to do but they are well on their way and if you’ve not been to The Bridge in a while we strongly suggest you take a look! Gone are the threadbare chairs, weird paintings and dark panelling, replaced with cream walls, new carpets and silvery, mink coloured sofas.
Leon then showed us to our table where Mandy is front of house. We love a business, large or small, where the owner is really hands on, I think it ensures you get a fabulous service.
Taste of Nepal has some classic, recognisable dishes such as Chicken Korma and Chicken Tikka Masala, for those less adventurous. There is a classic taste of Nepal and we questioned Mandy about each dish we weren’t sure on and got her recommendations.
Also on the menu there is a Clean Eating Option for those that are watching their waistlines!
While we decided what to order we had Poppadoms with Chutneys
The dishes we ate, plus our honest opinions are;
Onion Bhaji – Really crispy, not at all oily, really tasty.
Momo’s – Traditional Nepalese steamed lamb dumplings, really lovely!
Prawn Puree – Very nice indeed.
Shikh Kebab – Our friends decided that this was their favourite starter, again very tasty, not too spicy and not oily at all.
Overall our starters were truly exceptional.
Gurkha Lamb Curry – Very tasty indeed, certainly no left overs!
Chicken Karai – This was my dish and I really enjoyed it, nicely spiced but you get flavour rather than heat, no oil sitting on the top like in some Indian restaurants.
Chicken Tikka Masala – A classic English/Indian dish but with chef Khadak’s twist
Naan Breads – I ordered Peshwari Naan and I would say this was nice but not amazing. (Just to add – We went to the Diwali Celebration on Wednesday where I thoroughly enjoyed the plain naan)
Pilau Rice – A nice rice, with a subtle flavour to go with all the dishes.
Chilli Paneer – Indian paneer cheese with a spicy chilli sauce, this was one of the nicest side dishes I have ever tasted!
Overall, main courses were excellent!
Lemon Tart – The lemon tart was OK but a little disappointing after such an excellent meal.
Indian rice pudding with Gulab Jamun – If someone had suggested I’d be eating cold rice pudding and wanting to go back again for more I’d have thought they were mad…. My dish of rice pudding was flavoured with cardamom, almonds and sultanas and served with Gulab Jamun which is like a syrupy ball of almond cake (for want of a better description). I would be happy to eat this dessert every day – it was superb! I’m now thinking about it all over again!!
Our desserts were the mini version, whereby you can have coffee and a dessert for £5.95, as we did want to try them but didn’t have much room left! The mini dessert with coffee is a great idea for those that want a sweet ‘something’ after a meal.
When I said I was going to the Taste of Nepal a few of my friends asked me to tell them how much I enjoyed it and would I recommend it, well yes. Yes! I definitely would both for the food and the service and also for the knowledge. Our evening was enjoyable – good friends, good food, finding out more about Nepalese cuisine and really lovely surroundings.
It’s great to have such a lovely restaurant within walking distance of our home!
Special Reader Offer
To celebrate the reopening, Nene Local has secured a voucher code so all our readers can try Taste of Nepal’s lovely menu with a 10% discount!
Quote NENE10 at the time of booking to claim your 10% discount off your entire food bill.
Taste of Nepal Thrapston
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Telephone: 01832 732320 to book.