I hadn’t had time to do any research about where to eat when spending a few days in Ross-on-Wye to attend a pottery course recently, so was relieved that the hosts of our beautiful bed and breakfast gave us a list of recommendations, one of which was Yaks & Yetis, a Ghurka restaurant, serving predominantly Himalayan and Nepalese cuisine, with some Thai dishes also available.
As you might expect, many of the ingredients and flavours used in Nepal have a lot in common with the food of India and Bangladesh, as well as Tibetan and Chinese influences. But there are a number of distinctly Nepalese dishes on offer, making this a restaurant well worth visiting for anyone who already enjoys the better-known food of Nepal’s neighbours.
For our starters, we shared an order of Pork Momos (£4.95 for four pieces served with a punchy orange sauce). The dumplings were full of flavour, soft and juicy inside, and a great start.
We also ordered Lamb Samosas (£4.95, for three pieces, served with a sweet chilli sauce). Wrapped in filo pastry rather than the more traditional, thicker pastry I’m familiar with, they were nonetheless excellent – hot, crunchy, and delicious.
Asking our waiter for recommendations for dishes that were typically Nepalese, we ordered Kathmandu Lamb Curry (£8.95) and Sandeko Khukura (£7.95, described as chicken breast marinated in ginger, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce and cooked with onion, tomato and spices). The latter, although less expensive, also came with salad and rice.
As the Kathmandu curry didn’t come with a side, we also took an order of plain Nepalese Bread (£1.95, also available in garlic and garlic coriander versions). This was quite unlike the various Indian breads I’m familiar with, made from wheat flour, yeast, butter and eggs, it was almost savoury scone-like in texture.
For drinks, I loved my plain sweet Lassi (£2.75). Nepalese beers and your usual selection of wine and soft drinks are also available.
Service was warm and friendly, and we enjoyed our meal. We are hoping to go back to the area soon to attend another pottery course, so I’m sure we’ll visit Yaks and Yetis again when we do.
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Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!19 Comments to "A Taste of Ghurka Cuisine | Yaks & Yetis in Ross-on-Wye"
Wow what a gem!!! As much as I like to be prepared when I go away, I love it when a recommendation from a local pays off.
Yes, it’s great when you get a steer towards the good places!
Looks and sounds delicious. Always good to get a recomendation that pays off. I can’t think Ghurka without thinking Joanna Lumley!!!
Yes she’s indelibly associated, isn’t she?
Oh what an absolutely fabulous name. Worth going for that alone. But it does look good and a lot more interesting than many restaurants from that region.
I agree, and yes very interesting. I understand from a friend that there is a strong Ghurka community within this part of the world, and she recommended another restaurant to try, so next time we’ll head to that one.
I’m OBSESSED with both momos and samosas, so jealous! Your post is making me hungry!
They were delish!
This looks amazing, you can really see how far the influences of other countries could go, and the food looks amazing and it sounds delicious.
It was delicious indeed!
Looks and sounds delicious. I love a good curry every now and then 🙂 This post has made me so hungry for a curry and samosas! Thanks for sharing
Yes, the curry dishes were both delicious!
We love reading your articles because after that we’d love to try the foods. We don’t know lots about this cuisine but the photo of the pork momos intrigues us haha
What was your favourite?
Oh that’s lovely, glad my posts make you want to try the dishes! My favourite was probably the momos but enjoyed it all!
I love it when you get recommendations from locals. I always think it’s odd when you stay somewhere new and your hosts can’t think of anywhere to send you for dinner! I’ve never really thought about Ghurkan food but this all looks delicious.
Yes, all their recommendations were really good, the best one being No 3 which I also reviewed recently too! I’ve not had a lot of Ghurka food before, I enjoyed it!
Never tried this cuisine. It looks nice and the dumpling seems nice and really delicious.
I love your articles because after that I’m interested in trying all this food. I don’t know lots about this cuisine but the photo are really good. Great work
Yum! I have never seen a Nepalese restaurant before, and I live in London. Looks delicious, I will go and hunt one out for myself 🙂