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Diners prepared to try new flavours are well-rewarded at this Nepalese restaurant: a light, unassuming little place set apart from the main thoroughfare of eateries in Balham. Start with momo cha
(steamed lamb dumplings with a zingy dipping sauce), or tareko farshi (spiced, fried courgette with mango sauce). Move on to chulli dishes, cooked over charcoal – the gurkhall chicken, marinated
for hours in chilli before it’s char-grilled, is a house favourite – or khasi tang (very slow-cooked lamb shank combined with chickpeas & coriander). It’s an unusual experience for London, but
one that keeps people returning for more. Service, for a neighbourhood restaurant, is exemplary. Staff welcome newcomers with warmth, old-timers like friends; they’re helpful & attentive, &
happily explain the menu to those who need it.
A former Head Chef of Bombay Bicycle Club Balham in the nineties, Krishna Shah – who has a reputation for creating fine quality and diverse Nepalese and Indian cuisine – opened The Gurkha’s Diner in Balham in 2003.Tonight was my first visit and given how busy other pubs and eating places were on Balham High Road, it was surprisingly quiet.For us, that wasn’t a problem: we received attentive service and fine quality and excitingly different food and drinks...
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