Gurkha Kitchen boasts a menu of authentic and traditional Himalayan cuisine. Each dish is freshly prepared using only the highest quality, low-fat ingredients that are free from any artificial colouring or preservatives.
For those who have followed my experiences, you know I do not mix my words, nor do I hesitate giving a bad review if one is deserving. I am pleased to say that my experience eating at Gurkha was an experience that I would recommend to anyone who is not afraid of good, fresh food on the spicier side. The flavor of the food was not sacrificed for the spice, nor was the quality for the size of the kitchen (which is small indeed) I will be returning again tonight to take friends from out of town for one of the best new restaurants on Davie st.
The Chef came out to every table to ensure the quality and happiness of every one. I watched other tables enjoying their meals and nothing was left over. I told the Chef that I appreciated his point of view and noticed as he took pride in the compliments.
I started with the chicken skewers, followed by the prawn skewers. Potato salad was brought out on the house and was a nice mild break from the spiciness of the first two appetizers. I had the lamb dish with the chutneys and Roti. They were flavorful and the rice with a hint of clove kept my taste buds trying to guess the different flavors.
As I was having such a wonderful culinary experience, I did not finish my meal and also had dessert. the warm rice pudding was gone in about 30 seconds and left me wanting more. The service was relaxed and efficient and the mood of the place is calming and pleasant.
I will not attempt to try and spell all of the dishes, so I suggest you check out the menu at Gurkha.ca and look for yourself. I hope you take a chance and try this deserving restaurant on Davie street. The only drawback is that it is not wheelchair accessible, but if you can walk up the stairs, imagine climbing up a Himalayan Mountain to heaven.
Food 4 Thought
Me and my girlfriend were on our way to buy some goodies at the shoppers the other day and saw this new place where Mis Trucos used to be. Since we love to explore new restaurants in the area, we decided to give it a try for our dinner for the evening.
We found the place well decorated with just perfect ambiance, very smooth and relaxing music being played. We couldn't wait to see what was on the menu further. We decided to try their Momos for our appetizers and went along with their daily special Sherpa chicken and Palungo (spinach leaves) for our meal. When we went in, our expectation was that this restaurant will have similar food as other Indian restaurants, however, we found that Nepali food is very different. We had tried Momos for the first time and we love it. We will go back to Gurkha Kitchen just to have their Momos again, however, rest of their items boasted excellent blend of the taste of spices without over killing the original taste of the food itself. We loved the way our spinach was prepared. We had our Sherpa Chicken with their Gurkha pilaf rice. My girlfriend loves their Gurkha pilaf rice. Sherpa Chicken it self was served as a very balanced meal and I was happy to see that the restaurant is focusing on the diet and health aspect very well. We hope they will continue to maintain this quality and freshness in the future as well.
In addition to the food, we found our server very hospitable and caring. She addressed to our needs very well while letting us enjoy the evening well without any interruption. It was nice to see the chef taking time to reach our table and make sure everything went well for us. All in all, this is a nice cozy little restaurant with wonderful ambiance and not to mention short but excellent wine collection for flavorful food. We will be making frequent visits to this place in the future and we would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to try flavorful food that is healthy and delicious and guys don't forget to try their Momos, they are just great!!!
Overall, a great dining experience where the food has flavour. I certainly recommend people go there for a meal.
We went to Gurkha for a change of scenery from the usual fare on Davie street. The food was excellent because the food was very flavourful and the flavours were quite distinct. It was a nice change to have food that was not overly westernized.
We ordered the Kathmandy Sekuwa for as an appetizer. The chicken is definitely spicy, but has the distinct benefit of being flavourful. I am not a fan of spice for the sake of spice and this dish was delicious. Overall, the Sekuwa was succulent and full of flavour.
We had the potato salad with beaten rice. The salad had a very distinct and pleasant taste.
The two entrees we tried were the Paalungo (spinach and potato in a seed sauce) and the Gorkhali Khasi (a goat stew with rice). Both were deliciously flavourful and well cooked.
We also tried Lassi, basically a yogurt and mango smoothie - very tasty, excellent texture, best saved for desert, but still not overly sweet.
Criticisms: The rice was either a bit old or of insufficient quality. Since the restaurant is new, I expect the rice will be fresher when the restaurant picks up more business. The tomato chutney was also lacking in flavour - but the whole wheat roti was a nice change from the white flour flat breads you usually get.
Lastly, the venue itself: The restaurant is very pleasant and simple. It was nice to dine in a restaurant where the TVs are not on in every corner and the ambient music is quiet.
Gurkha has been open just a couple weeks but will surely become popular. Heading up the stairs off Davie to check out a place we hadn't noticed before, we were happily surprised to step into a peaceful and tastefully decorated space. With only one table free we felt lucky. The food was very good, very flavourful, without being all that spicy. Service was excellent, especially since it was full, and with only a couple servers who never seemed rushed but had everything you needed before you knew it. Enjoy. We will surely be back soon.