Some of the food on offer at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie.
Some of the food on offer at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie. Francesca McMackin

New Gympie restaurant is a true taste of Nepal

GYMPIE'S first Nepalese restaurant has opened, but already has locals raving about the unique cuisine and fantastic customer service.

The restaurant opened on September 29, and while he hasn't yet started actively advertising, Mr Kunwar said the venue was already a hit with locals who had visited or lived in Nepal.

Owner Yam Kunwar has spent the last three months preparing the restaurant on River Rd for business,

LOFTY HEIGHTS: (From left) Consulting chef Pramod Arayal, cook Nishan Bhaltarai, manager Sanju Bhandari, manager Anil Chhetri and owner Yam Kunwar at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie.
LOFTY HEIGHTS: (From left) Consulting chef Pramod Arayal, cook Nishan Bhaltarai, manager Sanju Bhandari, manager Anil Chhetri and owner Yam Kunwar at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie. Francesca McMackin

Being the first Nepalese restaurant in Gympie, Mr Kunwar expects the venue to offer an alternate cuisine option for years to come.

He has brought on an traditional Nepalese head chef with 18 years experience to ensure the dishes' authenticity and quality.

Momo at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie.
Momo at the newly-opened Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant in Gympie. Francesca McMackin

Mr Kunwar said many Australians assumed Nepalese food was similar to Indian cuisine, but the herbs, spices and overall taste were "completely different”.

The cuisine comes from three different areas with their own flavours: the Himalayan region, the Terai (mountain) region and the Hill region.

One of the restaurant's signature dishes is momo, Nepalese steamed dumplings offered as chicken, lamb or vegetarian options.

"This momo is very famous in our country,” Mr Kunwar said.

Mr Kunwar, who lives on the Sunshine Coast, is also preparing to open a large restaurant in Brisbane.

Mt Everest Nepalese Restaurant

5/115-117 River Rd, Gympie

Open for lunch 11am-3pm

Open for dinner 5pm-10pm

Phone: (07) 5483 7719

Website: www.mteverestnepaleserestaurant.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mteverestnepaleserestaurant.com.au/

Dine in, takeaway and delivery options available

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