Restaurant Gurkha has been named after the brave Gurkha soldiers who have earned fame for their bravery and honesty all around the world. We feel that inscribing their name in a far north country thousands of miles away from their homeland Nepal is one of the ways to pay tribute to them. We believe people in Finland, both Finns and non-Finns, will support us strongly in our endeavor to tell the stories of Gurkhas.
The “brave” Gurkhas are the military units in British and the Indian army, recruited from Nepal. The Gorkhalis were highlighted during the “Gurkha war” (1814-1816). The war between the Gurkha Kingdom and the British East India Company left an impression on the British army, there on, the Gorkhali Army were renowned as ‘The Gurkhas’. Gurkhas apporached every fight with their war cry ” jaya mahakali” ,glory to great kali and they still do. The Gurkhas are closely associated with a Khukhuri, “a forward curving Nepalese knife”. It was once said by the officer working with the Gurkha army, “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha”.
We believe that it would be no exaggeration to say that in a short period of two decades Nepalese cuisine and hospitality has won the hearts of Finns and non-Finns. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the love and appreciation you have shown towards the Nepalese cuisine and hospitality. At Restaurant Gurkha we shall always do our utmost to keep up your expectations. We are confident that we have the experience, knowledge and resources to serve you the best of Nepalese tastes with the beloved service attitude- Atithi deo bhawa. (Guests are God). Restaurant Gurkha boasts of a team that is made up of people who have knowledge, experience and most importantly dedication in restaurant business.
Restaurant Gurkha has been envisioned as an ideal place for both quiet dining with family or friends; and cozy place to get over the humdrum and strenuous daily routine over a couple of drinks. Under one ceiling we have two separate places for eating and drinking. Altogether Restaurant Gurkha can seat 140 persons. Children are cordially welcome to Restaurant Gurkha- we have a special play area for them. All in all, Restaurant Gurkha is a place for everybody like the heart of Gurkhas; though small in size it is full of love and care for everybody.
It is conveniently located near the Herttoniemi metro station; opposite K Supermarket Hertta. Taxi stand, and bus stops are very close by. Two-hour free parking is usually available across the street from Gurkha.
WHAT IS NEPALI CUISINE
Nepal is a small mountainous country sandwiched between the two giant neighbors- China in the north and India in the east, west and south. This small country which occupies only 147181 square kilometers of land area has remarkably diverse geography ranging in the altitude between less than 100 meters to 8848 meters resulting into the climate and vegetation representative of the subtropical in the southern Terai to the alpine in the northern Himalayas. The three distinctive geographical regions of Nepal are inhabited by more than a hundred ethnic populations who have their own culture and cuisines.
It is very obvious to find the influence of her two neighbors in the Nepali cuisine which has evolved into the mainstream cuisine by the geographic and climatic diversity resulting into wonders of tastes brought about by local ingredients and culinary arts which can delight any gastronomical enthusiast. Rice, wheat, corn, lentils accompanied by fresh vegetables and meats together with tantalizing chutneys and achars is fundamentally the staple food of Nepal. We find amazingly varying preparations of these primary ingredients which dazzle our taste in the different regions of the country perfected by recipes that have been tried and tested for generations. The Nepalese cuisine reflects the diversity of the country in which the major regional influences being those of the Terai, the Hills, the Mountains and the Kathmandu valley. Whatever the regional and ethnic influence the cuisine has the fundamental characteristic of the Nepalese cuisine is its healthy aspect and tempting taste.
The cooking techniques developed through generations produce simple and subtle flavor of Nepali cuisine. Bay leaves, black pepper, chilies, coriander, cumin, cilantro, garlic, ginger, onions, nutmeg, scallions and turmeric are used to conjure up the magical flavors in Nepali cuisine. Timur (Szechwan pepper, commonly used in marinades and achars) and Jimbu (Himalayan herb, used fresh or dry) bring the distinct sharp and tantalizing Himalayan flavor. Most common cookery used in the preparation of Nepali cuisine are currying/stewing, frying, sautéing, deep-frying, grilling, smoking, steaming, tempering, pickling and marinating.
Dal- bhat- tarkari (lentil soup, steamed rice and vegetables) with chutneys or achars represents a typical meal which is believed to be very essential food that everybody should eat every day. Full course Nepali meal, which is eaten every day by the well-to-do and by common Nepali on special occasions, consists of an appetizer , the main course made up of lentil soup, vegetables and meat curries, steamed rice, roti/naan, accompanied by chutneys and/or achars. Homemade beer, liquor and yogurt drink (lassi) are typical drinks depending upon the region and ethnicity. Sweet dishes and spicy (masala) tea are the most common desserts.