If you’re a dedicated foodie on a mission to try something new, London will welcome a first of its kind this spring. Introducing The Gurkhas – a modern Nepalese restaurant opening on Great Portland Street with a generous 50% OFF FOOD on 28th& 29th March 2023 to celebrate.

Named after Nepal soldiers who have fought for Britain since 1815, The Gurkhas will serve fresh vibrant plates that blend authentic flavours and spices with impeccably sourced British produce. Expect an elevated and unique approach to traditional Nepalese cuisine, rarely seen in the capital.

Nepal-born Founder Shrabaneswor Rai, who is also Director and Co-Founder of Hot Stone Steak and Sushi Bar in Islington, has long dreamed of bringing Nepalese cuisine to London with a nod to his Gurkha family connections. He and Head Chef Joe Allen – whose wife is Nepalese, and father-in-law a Gurkha – promise a culinary adventure across Nepal, using modern interpretations of recipes, inspired by the heritage of the Himalayas. 

Joe has travelled extensively across Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara immersing himself in the culture, sampling delicacies, and trying his hand at wild boar butchery, and will bring his experiences to life, plate by plate. He last brought Nepalese food to the capital post his appearance on BBC’s My Million Pound Menu – attracting investment from restaurateur Jamie Barber to set up Kitycow, a three-month pop-up at Hush Mayfair with his then-business partner.

The Gurkhas dishes are designed for sharing and the menu is divided into snacks, small and large plates, sides, and desserts. From the country’s most popular dish – Kukura ko Jhol Momo (steamed chicken dumplings in a tomato and soybean soup); Gurhka Pickles; and Mutton Sekuwa with onion and coriander; to chargrilled Monkfish Choila and Pork Chop with Sisnu (nettle), the dishes are simple, subtle, and satisfying. There will also be a reasonably priced six-course tasting menu (£75) with picture-perfect dishes from start to finish. 

Nepalese food is generally healthier than most other South Asian cuisines. It relies less on using fats and more on chunky vegetables, lean meats and fish, pickled ingredients, and salads. 

Named after the finest and fiercest soldiers of Nepal, the restaurant will also be supporting The Gurkha Welfare Trust, donating 50p from every Gurkha pickle dish sold to aid Gurkha veterans, their families, and communities. 

Discover the capital’s newest culinary jewel – The Gurkhas, opening on 28th March. 

110 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6PQ

I: @thegurkhas_restaurant

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