Editor’s note: Camels Fire is constantly on the move, exploring Abu Dhabi and beyond to discover the best spices and cheap, local eats. The following is a special report from Kathmandu, Nepal.
In Nepal, it can be surprisingly difficult to find restaurants that serve good, authentic Nepalese food.
Tourist guidebooks tend to highlight French, Italian, Middle Eastern or even Chinese options – but less often local food. When you do happen to locate a restaurant offering Nepalese cuisine, it will probably be a small place and will most likely specialize in one or two local dishes, like buffalo momos or chow mein.
Enter Krishnarpan, a fine-dining restaurant in Kathmandu that not only has delicious Nepalese food – it also serves a wide range of national cuisine that encompasses every part of Nepal’s culinary history, culture and geography, from Himalayan to Newari to the Thauru fare of the country’s lowlands.
It’s easy to become disoriented in downtown Abu Dhabi’s Madinat Zayed neighborhood, a bustling area of mini-blocks and narrow streets crammed with cars, people, and every type of storefront imaginable, from mobile phone kiosks to one-room laundromats to curtain rod wholesalers.
It’s also easy for a new shop or restaurant to go unnoticed in the fray.
Unless you’re from Nepal and searching for authentic momos, that is. Recently, the capital’s sizable community of Nepalese cab drivers have been congregating in this neighborhood, chatting in the streets about a new restaurant that opened just a few weeks ago, filling a much-need gap when the nearby Nepalese Curry House closed earlier this year.