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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Annapurna Nepalese Restaurant, Homebush

Thali with goat curry, dahl makhani, saag, rice and pickles at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review

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.

Complimentary pappadums at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Complimentary pappadums

Chicken momo dumplings with homemade tspicy omato chutney at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Chicken momo $10
Chicken dumplings with homemade spicy tomato chutney

Nepalese cuisine might have a lighter touch in terms of spices and heat when compared to Indian, but there’s still a sense of rich and hearty satisfaction that comes through with its food. Start with Nepal’s most celebrated dish, momosdumplings filled with either chicken or vegetables and pleated with precision. Make like a local and dunk them in spicy tomato chutney before elegantly shoving the entire thing in your mouth. Don’t believe us? Nepalese folks never bite a momo in half in case they lose any of the precious dumpling juices within.

Aloo, bodi, tama - poatoes, black eyed beans and bamboo shoots at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
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.

Bara high fibre Nepalese pancake fritter with crispy black lentils at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Bara $7.50
High fibre Nepalese pancake fritter with crispy black lentils

Bhatmas sandeko fried soya beans at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Bhatmas sandeko $7.50
Fried soya beans tossed with ginger, garlic, onion and chilli

Bhutun Chur goat liver and intestine with crunchy rice flakes at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
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.

Thali with goat curry, dahl makhani, saag, rice and pickles at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Goat thali $15.50
Goat curry with dahl makhani, saag (Nepalese spinach), steamed rice, pappadum, homemade pickle, salad and yoghurt

If that’s a bridge too far, get the goat curry with your thali, a mini banquet on a silver tray that includes rice, dahl, pickles and spinach. The goat is impressively tender.

Chicken biryani at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
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.

Thukpa Himalayan chicken and noodle soup at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Thukpa $12.50
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 dessert at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Gulab jamun $4.50
Homemade milk cake balls in cardamom syrup

Kheer rice pudding dessert at Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, Homebush Sydney food blog review
Kheer rice pudding $4.50


Annapurna Nepalese and Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Annapurna Restaurant
53 Parramatta Rd, Homebush, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9746 2120

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 5pm-10pm

This article appeared in the October 2015 issue of Time Out Sydney [Read online
Read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/10/2015 02:22:00 am


5 Comments:

  • At 12/10/2015 11:10 am, Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said…

    I don't think I've ever driven past nor would I because I love Nepalese food! I swooned on every photo.

     
  • At 12/11/2015 10:41 am, Blogger Cassie | Journey From Within said…

    I've never had Nepalese food, but it looks interesting. And the Himalayan noodle soup, catches my eye ... hahaha!

     
  • At 12/13/2015 10:25 am, Anonymous John - heneedsfood said…

    It's been far took long since my last Nepalese feed. A couple of years, I'm sure. It definitely looks like it's worth the schlepp to get there!

     
  • At 12/13/2015 2:03 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    That food looks delicious - Nepalese food is pretty underrepresented here. You make me want to seek it out! The spices! Those dumplings!

    xox Sarah

     
  • At 12/13/2015 9:19 pm, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    I'm not very familiar with Nepalese cuisine. I haven't been to a restaurant where that cuisine is the focus. I have heard however, that vegetarian dishes are in abundance. Those dumplings look very good xx

     

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