Nepalese and Indian cuisine, a pair not so commonly seen together in one restaurant, have a home in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan. Namaste Kitchen, along Queens Road West, specialises in this Indian frontier cuisine, and also accommodates some interesting examples of fusion cuisine and modern twists on traditional classics. Each dish prepared by Namaste Kitchen’s chefs has verve and personality, and with such smiling service, you’ll be joyfully pressing your palms together all the way home.
Nepalese cuisine is one culinary tradition that has escaped being explored (that is,
blogged about) despite its strong links to the perennially popular food of northern
India. Namaste Kitchen in Sheung Wan is committed to bringing a blend of both to
the Hong Kong masses, and it’s a fusion that’s proving popular. Indigenous
Nepalese starters like gundruk soup, a sweet and spicy broth, is something you’re
unlikely to have encountered anywhere else, while the chicken momo – chicken
dumplings – are reminiscent of neighbouring China’s dumpling staple. Namaste
Kitchen’s Himalayan lamb salad mixes fresh vegetables with grilled lamb and a
special Nepalese dressing, while the mains menu is laden with mouth-watering
dishes made in the Indian tandoori oven. You can even get a perfectly spiced South
Indian madras curry here down Queens Road West.
Clearly, Namaste Kitchen is able to carry off Indian, Nepalese, and fusion dishes with panache. And Hong Kong diners will be mightily pleased when the chefs at this Sheung Wan restaurant get out the wok to whip up Nepalese-style chicken chow mein, garlic and chilli crab, or even a couple of Indonesian goreng specialities. Namaste Kitchen also do a set lunch menu for one or two people, which is very popular amongst Sheung Wan locals. Nothing better than being relieved of the pressure of choosing between so many and varied dishes. With great premises down Queens Road West and genuinely friendly service, Namaste Kitchen is the place to be whether you’re looking for old favourites or something new.