Day 15 – #20Days20Dinners
With the help of the no. 3 bus, we scaled the heights of Crystal Palace, one of the highest points in South London, to reach, appropriately, a Nepalese restaurant – the Yak & Yeti. The Nepalese community in London is a small one, so restaurants serving the cuisine of Nepal are few and far between, although there are two others in the Yak & Yeti group, one in Eltham and the other in Bromley.
The food is close to Indian, but it has flavours you won’t find in Indian cooking. The menu does contain some curry house favourites, but I’d advise you to try some of the dishes you won’t have heard of before, if you’re a first timer here. So, completely ignoring my own advice, we shared lamb samosas for starters – OK, I’ve been here before so I know how tasty they are! Then, Mrs D. went for the chicken zimbu while I tried the lamb khutta. Zimbu is a herb from the Himalayas with an unusual flavour, a hint of aniseed maybe? The khutta is lamb cooked with fresh veg in a yogurty sauce. The chicken and the lamb had been cooked long and slow, so both were succulent and tender. We had a side called baigan bharta, which is aubergine cooked with ginger and garlic, and a pilau rice. All of this was washed down with thirst-quenching Kathmandu beer – what else!
The Yak & Yeti has a traditional feel about it, with white tablecloths and napkins, uniformed staff and friendly, attentive service with some nice touches, such as the complimentary pappadums and relishes at the start and hot towels and chocolates at the end. The food is interesting, well-cooked and comes in very generous portions. The bill came as a pleasant surprise at under £40 including service – this place is definitely worth a visit. They also do a home delivery service which you can order online.
So if you want to dine like a Gurkha, this is the place to go. A few too many of those Kathmandu beers and you might fancy taking on the Gurkhas on this 100km trekking challenge in the South Downs – if you’re hard enough! Be warned – they’ve never been beaten.
Yak & Yeti – 107 Church Road, Upper Norwood, SE19 2PR