The Hungry Buddha is a great little Nepalese restaurant hidden away underground at the Curtin shops.
Last month they celebrated their fifth birthday – a significant milestone in the life of a restaurant. For me, it also marked a significant milestone in the life of a relationship. I remember the first time I ate at the Hungry Buddha. It was five years ago, only a few weeks after they’d opened, and I was on a date – my first date with Matt.
Maybe it was the three course feast we had that night, maybe we actually just liked each other’s company. What I know for sure is that we found a mutual love for Nepalese food and, five years on, the Hungry Buddha still holds a special place in our hearts.
The menu features traditional Nepalese dishes, as well as a selection of other South Asian mains. One of my favourites is their take on the malai kofta, a classic North Indian dish of cottage cheese with almonds, cashews, sultanas and potatoes, fried and cooked in a creamy curry sauce.
However, nothing beats their traditional Nepalese dishes. My pick of the vegetarian is the aloo tama, potatoes cooked with bamboo shoots and black eyed beans in traditional herbs and spices. On the meat eating side of things, Matt is big fan of the khasi ko masu, a famous Nepalese goat curry made with fenugreek, cinnamon, tomatoes, coriander, bay leaves, ginger and garlic.
If you’re going for the full three courses, then you can’t go past the pakoras for entree. They are some of the best damn pakoras I’ve ever encountered. Desserts are just as good too – the house made pistachio ice cream is one I can definitely recommend.
The Hungry Buddha is a humble restaurant with a big heart. Five years ago, our love story began with a bite of a pakora and an introduction to bamboo shoots and black eyed beans. To Lachhu and the Hungry Buddha team, happy 5th birthday! Thanks for providing a feast fit for our love story.
The Hungry Buddha is located at the Curtin shops (44 Curtin Place, Curtin).
– Bec x
Note: Matt and I ate as guests of the Hungry Buddha. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own – seriously, you should try their pakoras.