New to Melbourne’s foodie scene but certainly no novice when it comes to Nepalese cuisine cooked with vim and vigour, Nepa Bliss is cafe and restaurant in Richmond serving only the best. There is coffee that will make any Melbournian proud, as well as Nepalese and Indian specialties that will keep you grazing at this new Bridge Road location for longer than you might have imagined. Decked out with style and neutral colours in mind, Nepa Bliss is, well, bliss, particularly after you’ve thrown in expert service and a vibe that will put a smile on your face.
We know, it’s unusual to find great coffee and great curry in the same restaurant, but trust us when we say that Nepa Bliss gets it right. It’s an excellent new spot amongst an already buzzing Melbourne food scene, but one that Richmond and indeed Bridge Road can be very proud to have. Staff are knowledgable and genuinely interested in showing their guests some of the best that Nepalese and Indian cuisine has to offer. You will not feel like you’re sat inside any old curry house – that much we can tell you for free.
Begin your meal with a curious madras aloo bhonda, mashed potato infused with mustard seeds, curry leaves and a hint of ginger, then rolled in chickpea flour and fried – goodness, it’s good. A highlight of the vegetarian main menu is, without doubt, the mughlai mushroom with a crushed cashew cream, yoghurt and garlic, while over on the meat section there’s a classic chicken tikka masala or an exoctic beef malibu with coconut and a dash of rum. Yeah, that sounds good, doesn’t it? This is Nepalese and Indian cuisine that is already making some waves in Richmond and we don’t doubt that curry lovers across all of Melbourne will soon be flocking to Nepa Bliss, so reserve a table now.
We were a table of 4, so this enabled us to try multiple dishes. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant, the 5 or 6 entrees were all excellent but I felt all the main courses did not meet our expectations. We had chicken, lamb, beef and a vegetable dish, the problem with all 4 of these dishes was that they were overly thickened, which made them stodgy, where a more liquid base is more preferable when served with rice and Naan. The cost was reasonable for what we had and texture is an individual thing, but that's how we viewed it after eating Indian food over the years at various restaurants.
The food and service are good here; the staff very obliging. We particularly enjoyed the goat curry and the eggplant. The Thali lunch sets are great value. and they cater for gluten free and for vegetarians with no difficulty. I would prefer the music was quieter as we were having a working lunch, but I know that if I had asked, the waiter would have organised that.
Setting and prices were fine, but the food was not on par. The chicken tikka was dry as a sole and the curry we boring.