Situated on Derby’s bustling London Road, close to the River Derwent, is one of Derby’s culinary hotspots, Mount Everest Gurkha restaurant. Run by a former British Gurkha soldier, Suresh, along with the award-winning chef Pravin Pandey, this is the place to head to if you want to try something a little different, as you’re sure to find dishes that will become firm favourites.
The restaurant offers a haven from the busy city centre, and so is ideal for heading to after a day at work or a busy weekend in town. Inside, it is tastefully decorated in neutral colours with wooden panelling, which gives real prominence to the photos of Nepalese landscapes and Gurkha history lining the walls. Diners are immediately made to feel at home, and, even though the restaurant is only five years old, the regulars love coming back again and again to sample more of the great food that Pravin cooks.
Nepalese cuisine shares some similarities with Indian cooking, and so you may recognise a few of the dishes on offer here at Mount Everest. The chef’s recommended Himalayan dishes, however, offer a modern twist on the traditional techniques and flavours that are normally used, so each dish is packed with delicious spices and flavours. One particularly popular dish is the Mis-Mass Karahi, a traditional mix of barbequed chicken, lamb, prawns and king prawns prepared in a wok with Nepalese spices. Also popular are the fragrant tandoori dishes, cooked slowly in a clay oven to infuse spices and flavours right the way through the dish. There’s also plenty for vegetarians, too, as the menu offers a great range of fragrant vegetable curries and stir-fries, like the indulgent vegetable paneer dish mixed with Nepalese herbs and spices.
Right in the heart of Derby, Mount Everest is the perfect place to relax after a busy day and enjoy a fantastic meal with your friends and family. With diners returning from far and wide, there’s no doubt that this little slice of Nepalese culture will be successful for years to come.