In Nepal, when people are hungry, they don’t use the English expression, ‘I’m so hungry I could eat a horse’.
Instead, they use the phrase, ‘I’m so hungry that I could challenge ten yetis to a scoffing competition and eat more than all of them combined. And then start all over again.’
It may lack the pithy qualities of the English phrase but it underlines the point that a hungry Gurkha is not to be trifled with.
Take up today’s Big Deal and you can eat like a Gurkha making the most of a culinary tour of Nepal.
Recently opened on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh city centre, the Gurkha Café is a cosy restaurant that specialises in both Nepalese and Indian dishes.
The appetisers on offer include plain or spicy poppadoms with chutney while the starters range from familiar Indian favourites such as veg pakora and BBQ chicken chatt to Nepalese specialities such as chicken wings marinated in Nepalese spices and mo:mo dumplings.
The main courses include Nepalese classics like the bhuteko khasi, lamb cooked with green chilli, garlic and spring onion in a thick sauce, as well as lamb saag, rogan josh and a range of biryani.
Diners can request that the dishes are prepared mild, medium, hot or ‘Do your worst and pass the fire extinguisher’.
The Big Deal is for an appetiser, starter, main course, rice and naan for two people. Seafood dishes are not included but are available for a £5 supplement per person.
The Gurkha Café is a relative newcomer so it doesn’t have many reviews but the ones it does are pretty enthusiastic. Triptrip5987 had this to say on TripAdvisor after visiting at the end of September:
‘Really enjoyed our meal. We found everything about the place to be of high quality. Nice ambiance. Knowledgeable service, and the food could not be faulted. It was fresh, spicy and delicious.’