Dinner At Kathmandu Gurkha, Clay Cross
Never let it be said that my flock aren’t a sociable ( and food-orientated !! ) bunch. When Mummy and Daddy bird had some friends over to stay they decided to take them out to dinner and invited us to join them at Kathmandu Gurkha Restaurant at Clay Cross.
A very smartly dressed waiter was waiting to open the door and greeted us all most cordially, so top marks for initial impressions. The restaurant itself was well laid out and spotlessly clean, so I was looking forward to seeing how their cuisine measured up.
Our little group ordered a mixture of starters ranging from the usual bhajis and samosas to the nepalese dumplings ( momo ), and they were all beautifully presented and piping hot – one of my bug-bears is lukewarm food; nothing worse in my opinion and thankfully not an issue here. So far so good..... we then ordered our mains, which again ranged from fairly common curries for the less adventurous in our group ( 3 korma’s, 2 dansak ), to the house specialities ( 1 chicken khukura khursani and 1 king prawn malai curry ). The speciality dishes come with rice and naan breads, so we ordered a couple of extra rice dishes and naan breads for the other members of our party . It wasn’t long before our food arrived ,again beautifully served and thoroughly hot. At this point I think it is worth mentioning the presentation of the special dishes - they came on square plates with the curry and timbale of rice, complete with salad garnish and the baby naan bread . It was clear that the chef and staff took a lot of pride in what they did at every stage.
I should also mention that there is an extensive wine list, not crazily long but certainly enough to afford all the choice you could want.The male members of our flock had a Gurkha beer, which comes in large bottles, and they said it really complimented the food they had. The waiter poured the wine and beer into glasses for us initially, and then intermittently ( and very discreetly ) ensured that no glass was empty, which I thought was very professional.
The dessert menu is pretty much the same as you find in other Indian/Asian restaurants up and down the country, so nothing too taxing here.The boy wonder plumped for the caramel fantastica, no surprises there - if I had a pound for every time he has that, I would be an very rich birdie !!
So all in all, a very pleasurable place to eat. Definitely one to go and visit if you haven’t done so already :)