Mustang Nepalese (pronounced Moose-tang, by the by) brings high-altitude Himalayan and Nepalese cuisine way up to Sydney’s Crows Nest, an easy trek thanks to the restaurant’s Pacific Highway location. Every dish here is tantalising and fragrant, delicious and authentic. And, being a purveyor of one of the lesser-known South Asian cuisines, Mustang is set to stun those who think they’ve exhausted the supply of flavours in the northern reaches of the subcontinent. Remember, though Mustang is spacious, its popularity suggests you book in advance.
Mustang Nepalese is committed to introducing Crows Nest locals and intrepid Sydney foodies to Nepalese cuisine, a culinary domain that still remains stubbornly under-appreciated even amongst those who consider themselves au fait with South Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani) cuisines. There’s plenty of spice here, but also a distinct, hearty Himalayan quality to the dishes that Mustang specialises in creating. Dining here, either in the spacious 110-seater main dining area or in the private function room, is an introduction by way of the palate to The Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal.
Without a doubt, the best way to begin your meal at the Mustang Nepalese basecamp is with a round of momo, the Chinese-Tibetan-Nepalese dumplings that are set to beat out dim sum and gyoza as a favourite entree for fans of Asian foods. Served with a special sauce made from grilled tomato and roasted sesame seeds, these chicken or vegetarian delights are essential. Recommendations for the main push to the summit include the Nepalese chicken curry, the sherpa beef, or the southern Nepali tarai fish curry – very fiery but tempered with coconut. For the best possible Mustang experience, book the restaurant – found along the Crows Nest stretch of the Pacific Highway heading north from Sydney city – for the lavish banqueting option.