I’ve lost count of the number of restaurants that have popped up in Cardiff in recent years, but sadly, traditional Nepalese restaurants still seem few and far between. Luckily, if you travel a little further into the heart of South Wales, you’ll find growing numbers of Nepalese restaurants, many of which are run by retired Gurkha soldiers. You may remember I featured Yaks and Yetis in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire on my blog a little while back. Now, it’s the turn of Gurkha Corner on Nevill Street in Abergavenny.
Arriving at Gurkha Corner at around 2pm, we were the only guests in the entire restaurant. Not feeling particularly peckish, we ploughed straight on into our main courses.
After toying between cheese chicken and koshi salmon, I eventually succumbed to the chicken nettle curry (£8.95). Gently spiced, this dish was packed with tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken and fresh coriander. The nettles were blended in with the curry sauce and whilst it didn’t exactly leave my tongue tingling, it had a peppery taste and it left a subtle prickly sensation at the back of my throat.
My partner tucked into the pork chops (£10.95). The menu actually states pork belly, but pork chops were offered as an alternative on the date of our visit. They were cooked so well, we could hardly taste the difference. Served sizzling, the fat was sinfully crispy and juicy, and the pork was irresistibly lean, topped with heaps of sliced mushrooms, chopped garlic and coriander, teamed with red chard. This is what I’ll be ordering next time I come here!
We also went halves on a garlic naan bread (£2.95). Cut into four large triangles and served in a basket, this was a soft, doughy affair with laden with finely chopped garlic cloves and drizzled with a dreamy, buttery dressing.
We had a delicious meal at Gurkha Corner and I have no doubt that I’ll be back for more in future. I only wish it was a little nearer to where I live. It is worth noting that there is another branch of this restaurant in Brecon.
10 Nevill Street
01873 855 800
Do you like Nepalese food? What cuisine do you prefer to eat when you dine out?