Classic Yeti Nepalese is located towards the southern end of the popular Goodwood Road cafe precinct. With 50 items to choose from, the menu is divided into entrees, meat, seafood and vegetarian curries. There are 3 charcoal clay oven dishes as well as a range of accompaniments.
The restaurant is not particularly large with seating for just over 30 people. The cushioned seating is quite comfortable, and the white table cloths and cloth napkins give a touch of elegance. I know dim lighting is supposed to create a more intimate atmosphere but we all felt it was a bit too dim.
The Mixed Entree consisted of a Momo, Samosa and Sekuwa.
The Momo is a dumpling made from chicken, ginger, garlic, coriander and spring onion. The dumpling was a little bland and really needed a dipping sauce (not the mint and yoghurt sauce that comes with the Samosa).
The Samosa had firm pastry shell that contained potatoes, peas, coriander and spring onion. The filling was mildly spiced and the taste was balanced by the refreshing dipping sauce.
The Sekuwa is like the Nepalese version of Tandoori chicken. The chicken was tender and succulent with lovely charcoal flavours.
The Goat Curry is very common in Nepalese cuisine. The diced goat was tender and succulent, and cooked with a sauce made from cinnamon, fenugreek, coriander, bay leaves and fresh tomato.
The Prawn Curry contained king prawns cooked with tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, vinegar, garam masala and green chilli. The prawns were juicy and succulent, and the curry sauce was thick in consistency and had a subtle sweetness to it.
The Lamb Curry contained lean and tender chunks of meat cooked slowly to the flavour of cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek, bay leaves, fresh coriander and tomatoes. The curry was well flavoured and also a little on the sweet side.
The main dish I had was the Nepalese Butter Chicken. Like most authentic butter chicken, the morsels of chicken were first cooked in a charcoal clay oven and then mixed into a creamy, buttery tomato sauce. The sauce is flavoured with saffron and crushed cardamom.
My first thought was that they were a little conservative with the chicken. I counted 8 morsels of chicken inside the curry sauce. The chicken also wasn’t prepared properly. As they used chicken thigh pieces, I found sinew in some of the morsels. Some of the meat was tender and succulent, while others were charred around the edges and it was obvious those pieces were cooked for too long. The sauce was creamy and had a lovely thick consistency, but for me, there was too much sauce and not enough meat.
The Mild Chicken Curry is one of those classic Nepalese dishes. The chicken was tender and succulent and the aromatic Nepalese spices were well infused into the meat.
The Roti that we were served was the classic variety cooked in the clay oven. Just straight out of the oven, the bread was light and fluffy, and ready to absorb the curry sauces.
One of the accompaniments was the Butternut Pumpkin which is flavoured with toasted mustard seeds, fenugreek, ginger, salt and pepper. For me, it tasted just like mashed pumpkin with its natural sweetness retained.
The other accompaniment was the Fresh Mustard Greens that were seasoned with cumin and garlic and then fried with aromatic spices. The greens were leafy and bitter, and were more of an acquired taste.
The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the service was good. The atmosphere was relaxed as the dim lighting really set the mood. Most of us in the group went for the banquet which was $39 per head. This included the entree platter, a main, two vegetarian sides, basmati rice and roti. If you do all the calculations, the banquet works out better value for money, but having said that, I was quite disappointed with my main.
I’ve been to my fair share of Nepalese restaurants and I found this one to be average.
WHERE: 147 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood