I’d walked past the Khukuri, a Nepalese restaurant on Edinburgh’s West Maitland St, on numerous occasions. Only on Sunday night after yet another recommendation from a friend did I venture inside. They do a good curry I had been told time and time again. Thankfully I, nor any of my group, did not leave disappointed.
The Khukuri has an unassuming entrance and inside you find a narrow restaurant with images of Nepal and the imposing Himalayan mountain range adorning the walls. The staff are dressed traditionally and provided attentive, polite and very respectful service throughout. We did find the restaurant a little quiet, but after asking the waiter to play some traditional Nepalese music on their stereo, the atmosphere soon improved. While browsing the book like menu we enjoyed some poppadoms with the usual accompaniments (75p each). This being the first Nepalese restaurant I had been in, I was happy to see a Nepalese beer (also called The Khukuri) on the menu. This came in a large bottle, although it was brewed in Manchester, England!
For main course I and my dining partner ordered the Solukhumbu Bhenda curry dish. This is described in the menu as:-
A famous dish from East Nepal. Long slices of Lamb stuffed with minced meat and cooked in onions, ginger, garlic, tomato and the Chefs special spices.
It certainly did not disappoint, although it was hot enough to sting the tongue and made my eyes slightly water. It’s tastiness was without doubt and at ¬£8.15 it provided decent value. Accompanying this we had vegetable rice (¬£2.85), chick pea rice (¬£2.75) and a keema nan (¬£2.65). All were very good.
Together with dozens of Nepalese influenced dishes Edinburgh’s Khukuri also have traditional favourites like Bhuna, Vindaloo and Korma on their menu.
Overall Edinburgh is not short of decent curry houses, but The Khukuri holds its place very well and provides some Nepalese dishes that are a little different from the norm. Highly recommended.