The room was dim and the tables – complete with vases and real flowers – were set with care.
I was the first customer for lunch and happy I’d found the place. Gurkha’s slightly obscure entrance (aided by major signage) is on the second floor adjacent to Shoppers on Davie Street.
Quiet Himalayan music played while the Nepali server/owner/chef explained the menu, described as less oily and spicy than Indian cooking. Traditional dishes on his menu – all made from scratch – include Momos, Sherpa Chicken and more.
The lunch special, Nepali Thali ($13), features three fragrant entrees – a perfect sampling if you’re unfamiliar with the style of food.
Quati (left) consists mainly of beans and bears a deep flavor as if it’s been cooked with meat. Aalu-Kaauli (middle), a smoky cauliflower potato curry, is lightly spiced and feels like comfort food, and Jhaaneko Daal (right) is like a salty lentil soup with nuances of cumin and garlic.
We in Vancouver are lucky to have authentic Nepali food at the tips of our fingers.
Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen
1141 Davie St.
This article was written for Metro Newspaper by contributing food columnist, Erin Ireland.