Monday, July 1, 2013

Nepal Himalayan Cuisine @ Plaza Damas, Hartamas

Spicing up Sri Hartamas & shaking up this suburb's staid safeness, Nepal Himalayan Cuisine surfaced recently in Plaza Damas, serving food from a South Asian nation that's hitherto only been available in KL's relatively less upscale settings.

Nepal's menu might not be comprehensive, but it nails many mainstays, including chataamari (RM12) rice batter crepes topped with egg, minced chicken, tomatoes & spring onions. Moreish, like a sinful cross between Spanish omelets, pizza & paratha.

Naturally, there's momo here (RM12), steamed meat dumplings that evince both Chinese & Indian influences, looking a lot like xiaolongbao, stuffed with richly seasoned cilantro chicken.

Bhuteko bhatmas (RM9), crispy-fried soybeans that taste like bar-snack peanuts, not befitting the calories except maybe when munched mindlessly with beer.

Carb-lovers might revel in the aloo silam (RM12), boiled potatoes, peas & onions marinated with perilla seeds; a little of this probably goes a long way.

Thukpa (RM9), Tibetan-style noodles in soup soaked with chili powder & masalas. Suitable for cold nights; much, much more fiery than this might look.

The centerpiece of Restaurant Nepal's menu is likely its traditional Thakali Thali sets, rice surrounded by lamb curry, black bean dal, veggies & chutneys on brass plates. At RM17, it's this outlet's priciest food item, underscoring how a meal here won't wound the wallet.

Hot lemon tea & masala milk, perhaps best paired with desserts of one-word names like kheer, sewai & sudip. Plus point for this place: Parking's a breeze here at Hartamas Shopping Center.

Nepal serves its own take on the sangria (RM40 per jug), made fizzier with orange juice.

Wine is offered too at RM20 by the glass & RM98 a bottle. All prices before taxes.

Restaurant Nepal Himalayan Cuisine,
F-0-6, Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Opposite TGI Friday's, on top of Hartamas Shopping Center.
Open daily starting lunchtime; last orders at 930pm

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30 comments:

  1. I would absolutely check this one out. I've never had authentic himalayan food so I'm quite exicted with this one!

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    1. Sycookies: ya, the spices used in Nepalese food are quite interesting. Reminiscent of Indian cooking in some ways, but still distinctly different :D

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  2. The chatamaari, steamed meat dumplings n d Thakali Thali sets looks mighty fine...but I dare not try d Thukpa...I might xplode...maybe the hot lemon tea n masala milk will prevent tat...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the three u listed are my three faves too, esp the first two. And yeah, my friend had to finish the thukpa, cos it was waaaay too spicy for me :D they have a more cooling beverage here actually, called 'mahi,' which is basically like Indian lassi =)

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    2. Haha...got it...mahi first...then finish off d nite with d masala milk =)

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    3. Ulric: luckily we're not lactose intolerant! Yay for dairy :D

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  3. I am not familiar with any of the food here, but I really like the bright orange and decor.

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    1. Linda: yeah, there's quite a homey feel to this place. The food's technically foreign to most of us here too, though it tastes familiar cos the flavors and preparation still feature very Asian sensibilities =)

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  4. Ooooo...this is interesting. Sure would love to try such exotic cuisines. Wow!!! They've all kinds in KL, it seems.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, I guess the presence of Nepalese migrant workers helps to justify the presence of Nepalese restaurants here. There are a few more in the Pudu area, but if u're back here for a family trip, this one at hartamas is probably the more ideal and convenient option for you =)

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  5. I half expeceted llama to be on the menu :/

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    1. KY: heheh, yeah, I wouldn't mind having some of that yak meat :D

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  6. Never tried Nepalese food so that is definitely muscling to the top of my list...sounds interesting and reasonably priced!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, so far Nepalese food has been mainly confined to the Pudu neighborhood in KL, but this Hartamas venue is probably the most easily accessible for us (and it serves wine to pair with the interesting spices). And yup, without wine, a meal here shouldn't cost more than rm30 or rm40 per person =)

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  7. I am the same with everyone else, this has got me excited as I've never tried this cuisine before.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, it'll be great if more restaurants that offer more diverse cuisines open in KL. i hope this outlet does well, so it'll inspire other businesses to take similar risks =)

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  8. Since I have been to Nepal, I should give this a try soon! The prices are expensive by Nepal standards hahahah!! Khukri in pudu was good, lets see if here is better!

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    1. TNG: ya, the prices here are at least 50 percent more expensive than khukri's prices. khukri has the advantage of serving pork, whereas this place doesn't, but i think that's ok, since many of these nepalese recipes don't rely heavily on pork. my slight preference is for this hartamas outlet since it has wine and it's more convenient to reach, heh :D

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  9. Looks good but I might still prefer the authentic one in little burma KL. However, I won't judge till I have given this place a go and see how it fares! :D

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    1. Ciki: true, i think this one still tries to maintain a good level of authenticity, though you're right, the ones in the KL shop-houses will be the best benchmark! :D

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  10. Huh, steamed dumplings?

    I am surprised to see pizza... =)

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    1. Waverly: yeah, the 'momo' dumplings seem to be one of the more recognizable recipes in nepalese cuisine. and the chataamari is not quite pizza, since it's not a bread base, heh :D

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  11. this is really interesting. I've never tried a nepal himalayan cuisine before. hmmm

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    1. Eiling: ya, there are only a few outlets in KL that serve recipes like these 'momo' dumpings :D

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  12. Flavours sound interesting. Somehow the noodle reminds me of instant noodle...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, some unusual spices here that i couldn't quite recognize fully :D heheh, yeah, the noodles were a bit generic in texture =)

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  13. tried it. So far very close to Northern Indian food but with a bit of Chinese thrown in...

    going back to try the tasting platter which they just introduced for RM18. It includes the best-selling items on the menu so far: Momo(steamed dumplings), Chicken Chilli(Stir fried battered chicken with home-made sauces), Aloo Silam(boiled potatotes marinated with silam - unique herbs from the himalayan region), Bhatmas Bhuteko(fried Soyabeans marinated with spices), Chyau mutter (Fried mushrooms with green peas) & Nepali salad.

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    1. Ivan: ya, i guess the flavors here are quite familiar in the end for our taste buds. still interesting =) wow, the tasting platter is a great idea, i wish i had been available previously. i had been tempted to order the chicken chili, but there was too much that we ordered here already =)

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  14. Wonderful review, I'm salavating for those momos! How far is this place from the W near Sentral? And hopefully it's kid-friendly as we have a 2yr old with adventurous tastebuds....

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    1. Scruffy: yep, I think this place is fine for families. It'll probably be a 30-minute drive (unless traffic is really heavy). I hope u enjoy the food here =)

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