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First premium Nepalese restaurant opens in Parnell

First premium Nepalese restaurant opens in Parnell


Anshu Thapa has brought a piece of his homeland to a swanky new dining room in Parnell. A native of Nepal, Thapa says that he wanted to offer New Zealanders the taste and adventure of an extraordinary place. "Nepal is a country close to the Kiwi heart thanks to the expedition of Sir Edmund Hillary and the breathtaking travel opportunities of the region," Thapa says. "What many people don't know about is the very special cuisine from the pure land that is crowned by the mighty Himalayas."

As New Zealand's first fine Nepalese restaurant, Thapa has brought with him a 5-star chef from one of the best hotels in Nepal. And to further stamp the authenticity of the food, Thapa has imported herbs and spices found exclusively in Nepal. "It's about ensuring quality and authenticity," Thapa says. "In the land of Everest, chefs toil to create fresh cuisine as unforgettable as the landscape itself. Throughout Nepal, from the fertile plains, to the slopes of the great mountains, the aroma of steaming Momos, meats barbecuing and sauces brewing fill the air. When people come to our restaurant in Parnell, I want them to feel engulfed by that very flavoursome feeling."

Nepal could not be blamed for being under culinary pressure for it is located between the great taste masters of India and China. Thapa explains that the difference lies in the fact that the art of Nepalese food is subtle and lighter but full of flavour. "This is a new cuisine for the New Zealand dining scene with all the authentic recipes of Nepal based on fresh ingredients and mouth watering sauces and spices. That's why Himalaya Restaurant promises to offer a new height in taste."

Himalaya Restaurant offers a smart-casual dining type experience at mid-level restaurant prices. It is located at 123 Parnell Road, and will be open from the last week of November.


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