The Best of Balham; Gurkha’s Diner


Having tried to go to a restaurant in Tooting which was fully booked, Lee and I decided to head up to Balham, where we knew there were a range of restaurants and bars. I insisted we walked, despite the potential for a bit of rain and we came across Gurkha’s Diner that I’ve walked past a few times but never considered looking at the menu. After we’d peered in through the window; there was plenty of people in there and the Nepalese food sounded good, we headed in. 



To start we had Nakese (at the back), barbecued chicken on a skewer, served with a Gurkha special spicy sauce, and Choyala (main dish), barbecued died lamb with hot spice, garlic and ginger. Both quite spicy, but the flavours were delicious. 


For mains we both had Chulli, dishes that are cooked over charcoal, the meat arrived on one of those sizzling platters, I had the Sherpa Lamb and Lee the Gurkhali Chicken. We ordered rice and naan bread to accompany the meat and some mango chutney, as the waiter advised the combination would be a little dry. The meat was delicious as was the mango chutney. Really good naan bread, but as commented the combination of our choices was a little dry, so the chutney really helped. Sat under the meat was tasty fried onions, and some cucumber and tomatoes to complement too. 

We’d definitely go back, however would pick at least one dish with a sauce. Great atmosphere and lovely food. Bottle of wine and two courses each, two rice and one naan around ¬£60. 
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