PERTH | Something that struck me on this recent visit to Perth, that I’ve never really noticed before, is just how many Nepali restaurants there are. Once I noticed one, I couldn’t stop noticing more. By the end of my trip, I had five Nepali restaurants marked on my map. For my final dinner before heading back to Melbourne, I decided to pop into Chulo Nepalese.
Nepali cuisine is diverse. It’s informed by the cultural diversity of its people, and it’s geographical location, sandwiched amongst the Himalayas, between China and India. Curries and soups feature heavily, served with roti, rice, and assortment of sides. There’s the famed Nepali dumplings, momos, popular noodle dish chow mein, and a whole lot more.
At Chulo, you’ll find all of the popular Nepali dishes, along with a few that are lesser seen in Perth. The friendly staff are more than happy to talk you through the menu and explain what’s what if you’re new to the cuisine.
Definitely grab an assorted platter of momos. Chicken, buff (buffalo), and vegetable, served with tomato chutney and spicy jhol achar.
If you want to try a few different things, one of the sets is a great way to go. The khaja set gets you crunchy toasted flat beaten rice, puffed rice, chicken or potato and pea curry, potato achar, cell roti, and house pickles and sauce. Another set is the khana set. This one gets you rice or dhindo lentils, seasonal vegetables, your choice of chicken, goat, or fish curry, pickles, salad, dal bhat (black lentil soup), and kurauni (reduced cow’s milk pudding).
Other things to try are the hashi ko taas (marinated slow grilled goat), raaga ko masu ra chamre (slow cooked buffalo pieces in curry sauce with sweet sticky rice), and chat patey, a popular southern Nepal street food made with crunch noodles, potato, onion, fresh herbs, and spices.
If you’re in Perth, Chulo is a great place to get started, or dig deeper into the deliciousness that is Nepali cuisine.
189 Walter Road West
Western Australia 6059
Telephone: 0450 819 845
Mon – Tue: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu – Sun: 11:00am to 10:00pm