We bet you’ve driven past Annapurna hundreds of times and never even realised it was there. It might be squeezed into a bleak stretch of Parramatta Road but this Nepalese restaurant is no secret to the Nepalese community who have it on speed dial for takeaway and catering. That would explain why most of the time the dining room looks half empty, but don’t let that deter you from eating in. The food here is worth the trek, and sharing the dining room with only one other Nepalese family means you can relish a good cheap feed with quiet conversation.
Chicken momo $10
Chicken dumplings with homemade spicy tomato chutney
Aloo, bodi, tama $12.50
Potatoes, black eyed beans and bamboo shoots
Bring your vegetarian mates. They’ll weep for joy with the choice of 15 different entrees and mains. We’re talking aloo tama bodi, a sour and spicy soup with potato, black-eyed beans and fermented bamboo shoots; bara, a black lentil pancake; and bhatmas sadeko, crunchy deep-fried soybeans with a sinus-clearing hit of mustard oil.
High fibre Nepalese pancake fritter with crispy black lentils
Bhatmas sandeko $7.50
Fried soya beans tossed with ginger, garlic, onion and chilli
Bhutun chura $13
Goat liver and intestine with crunchy rice flakes
Carnivores should seek out as many goat dishes as they can handle. The Bhutun chura, served with crisp flattened rice flakes, is a dry fried jumble of spicy deliciousness. You’ll still be eating it even after you find out it’s a mix of goat liver and intestines.
Goat thali $15.50
Goat curry with dahl makhani, saag (Nepalese spinach), steamed rice, pappadum, homemade pickle, salad and yoghurt
Chicken biryani $15.50
Basmati rice with Nepalese biryani spice
You can motor your way through several Indian dishes on the menu, including a chicken biryani of soft and fragrant basmati rice layered with spices.
Traditional Himalayan chicken and noodle soup
And if you get a kick out of ordering things off the menu, ask if they have the thukpa, a comforting chicken and noodle soup commonly eaten in the Himalayas.
Gulab jamun $4.50
Homemade milk cake balls in cardamom syrup
Kheer rice pudding $4.50
53 Parramatta Rd, Homebush, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9746 2120
Tuesday to Sunday 5pm-10pm
This article appeared in the October 2015 issue of Time Out Sydney [Read online]
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