The Gurkhas – a modern Nepalese restaurant will open on Great Portland Street on 28th March from the team behind the steak and sushi bar, Hot Stone in Islington.
The Gurkhas is named after Nepal soldiers who have fought for Britain since 1815 and will serve sharing plates that blend authentic flavours and spices with quality British produce.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Nepal-born Shrabaneswor Rai, who is also Director and Co-Founder of Hot Stone in Islington, and from a Gurkha family. In the kitchen, is Head Chef Joe Allen whose wife is Nepalese, and father-in-law a Gurkha.
Allen’s menu is divided into snacks, small and large plates, sides and desserts with dishes such as Gurhka Pickles; Kukura ko Jhol Momo (steamed chicken dumplings in a tomato and soybean soup); Mutton Sekuwa with onion and coriander; and chargrilled Monkfish Choila and Pork Chop with Sisnu (nettle). There will also be a reasonably priced six-course tasting menu (£75).
Joe has travelled extensively across Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara immersing himself in the culture, sampling delicacies and trying his hand at wild boar butchery, and will bring his experiences to life, plate by plate. He last brought Nepalese food to the capital post his appearance on BBC’s My Million Pound Menu – attracting investment from restaurateur Jamie Barber to set-up Kitycow, a three-month pop-up at Hush Mayfair with his then business partner.
The restaurant will be supporting The Gurkha Welfare Trust, donating 50p from every Gurkha Pickle dish sold to aid Gurkha veterans, their families, and communities.
110 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6PQ