Authentic Nepali Thali at Bamey’s Restro Cafe

I was taken for lunch to this place by none other than a Nepali friend of mine who grew extremely fond of it since the first time she stepped foot there. When you enter the place, you’ll find yourself checking out the décor, which is simple but very nicely done. Ceiling lights hanging inside Tuborg bottles look beautiful. No sooner than you place your order, the restaurant starts giving you a feel of being in Nepal itself – the ambiance is adorned with pretty lights, flags with quotes about food and traveling, and there is Nepali music playing in the background. Having visited Nepal, I can safely say that this place is the closest to the Thakali Kitchens you’ll find there, and the only one that serves the authentic Nepali food.

Nepali Thali at Bamey's
Nepali Thali at Bamey’s

One dish that you must try is the Chicken Bhatti ko Momo! This is an exclusive variation of momos served in a bowl with soup on the top. Known as ‘jhol momo’ in Kathmandu, the soup prepared for this dish is delicious and will definitely not disappoint. Move on to the main course and you can order the Nepali thali, which comes in variations of veg, chicken and mutton. This order might take a while so you can call for the Wai Wai Sandheko to munch on as you wait for it. In layman’s words, this preparation is like masala peanuts but with raw Wai Wai instead of the peanuts.

Chicken Momos at Bamey's
Chicken Momos at Bamey’s

The thali is an explicit collaboration of veg/chicken/mutton gravy, one veg sabzi, spinach, curd, dal, rice, raddish pickle and papad. The best way to eat this is to mix everything along with the rice and eat with hand. Yes! There is no better way you can enjoy this food and I can vouch for that. Order a fresh lime soda or the traditional masala drink of Nepal to go along with your food. The thali is unlimited but with the amount of quantity they serve, I doubt you’ll have space to ask for more. What’s more? You can gorge on the thali like a king at a mere amount of 240 bucks!

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Another traditional feature of the Nepali cuisine that Bamey’s has tried to include is a bell placed at the table. Whenever you want to summon the waiter, you can simply ring the bell and he will be there to take your order. Although I was a little taken aback by the whole concept of using a bell to call a human being, I was told by my Nepali friends that it’s a part of the culture. The waiters are warm, friendly and ensure that you get the best kind of service. I would recommend every person to try this place at least once!

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Karishma Rajan

The founder of The First Fork, Karishma likes to live in the moment and take life as it comes. Originally from aamchi Pune, she is swalp Bangalorean at heart and loves the Mumbaiya energy! Biking adventures, good food and inappropriate humour are things that get her going and she fantasises about going hitchhiking around the galaxy one day.