Everest Nepalese? yes please!

Looking for somewhere for a quick late bite to eat the other evening and as the ‘spiky’ Edinburgh rain started to fall, Strawberry Blonde & I ducked under some scaffolding and found Everest, a Nepalese restaurant, from the outside very unassuming but it was open and warm and we were hungry so decided to give it a shot.

We were greeted by two genteel waiters dressed in what I assume to be traditional costume and were quickly seated and had pretty floral napkin arrangements unfurled placed upon our laps and the menus produced. We were ‘wabbid’ so in no real mood for messing so apart from popadums and pickles while we chose we went straight in for a couple of main courses to share.

The menu was very varied and combined a mixture of Indian and Nepalese dishes, there were also a great range of vegetarian options (if you are that way inclined). Prices on the Starters ranged between 95p-£5.25 and the Mains, £6.75-£13.95.

Really interesting on the Menu were a couple of set meals for larger groups, Everest Rann (£99.95) a whole leg of lamb (for 4-6 people) which sounded absolutely mouthwateringly delicious or an Everest Roast Chicken £59.95) for 2-4 people, these include starters and rice etc.

We weren’t quite THAT hungry so plumped for Lukla Lamb (no44)  a famous dish from eastern Nepal, long slices of lamb stuffed with mince & cooked in onion, ginger, garlic, tomato and chef’s special spices, a Prawn Biryani and a Vegetable stuffed Parata. On the beverage side of things we went for the house red, coming in at a very reasonable £11.95.

The photo really doesn't do justice to the taste!

The food itself was delicious, one of the best paratas I’ve had and the Nepalese Lamb Lukla dish was really tasty and balanced well with the rice based Biryani. The wine was absolutely fine too, light and easily washed down and SB & I were feeling very smug about our new find! The decor was simple but well thought out with some great little touches. Our wine was topped up when necessary and even on finishing our meal they offered to pack it up for us to take home, brilliant!

The staff were polite, refined and delicate and utterly charming with a clear love of Edinburgh, one waiter from a village in the North West of Nepal in particular took time to chat. The Everest is a family run restaurant and unusually the chef is female and probably the first female Nepalese chef in Scotland! She likes to balance good quality Scottish ingredients with Nepalese herbs and spices and to be fair you can tell.

They have offers on Pre Theatre dinners, 2 course set meals for £9.95, ideal if you were off to see something at The Kings Theatre and within easy reach of The Traverse.

There is also a takeaway service offering free delivery within a 3 mile radius.

The scoring, the bathrooms got a 6/10, the service an 8/10 and overall we decided on a good 8/10.

To summarise, I can see why Andy Robinson (Scotland Rugby Coach) is a fan of this restaurant, the staff were sincere, the service excellent, the food delightful, nice touches such as cloth napkins/tablecloths AND they know how to do a double door!

The Everest, 52 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9NA. 0131 229 1348

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