Named after the mighty Nepalese soldiers known for their prowess and ingenuity, Melbourne’s Gurkhas Cafe puts the same know-how and dexterity to use in the kitchen, whipping up incredible Nepalese cuisine for guests in a relaxed setting. Found on Flinders Street close to the aquarium, in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district, Gurkhas Cafe provides quick, friendly service and satisfying portions for locals on the go, every day of the week.
Founder Chandra Yonzon has a deep connection to Nepal’s legendary Gurkhas. His grandfather, who served in The Brigade of Gurkhas for 27 years, inspired him to name his restaurants after these brave fighters. Melbourne’s city outlet on Flinders Street in the central business district has gained tremendous success for its fresh, unique offerings and commitment to excellence in service. Decorated with Nepalese furnishings, as well as with artifacts like Ghurkas’ weapon of choice, a curved knife called a khukuri, the restaurant provides a unique space to dine with friends.
A meal at Gurkhas Cafe is best begun with an order of momo, Nepalese dumplings filled with a variety of fillings (choose between meat, vegetable, or mixed) and served with a tasty tomato chutney. The restaurant’s main courses are split between vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, with several seafood options. Try the tofuko tarkari made by cooking tofu and vegetables in a soya sauce, or go for the chow seafood, Nepalese fishman’s-style noodles with an assortment of seafood. Like it hot? Then order the chilli beef cooked with capsicum, onion and chillies. Gurkhas Cafe is a local favourite in Melbourne’s central business district, so make sure to book in advance.
We went as a group and ordered a banquet meal. All the dishes were wonderful. We were very satisfied with the service and quality of the food. Would recommend this place and will be returning.
Service was adequate but friendly. The meals were delicious, and with entrée, main and glass of wine for four, the bill was just $100 - fantastic value! Hidden gem in Melbourne's CBD - highly recommended.
Great food, friendly service, would definitely recommend , went there for a work dinner, food was brought out at the right time, staff were helpful