When it comes to food from the subcontinent in the Adelaide Hills, there’s actually not that much around. Owner and Head Chef of Nepalese Temptations, Birendra Bhandari, saw a gap in the market and decided to open a restaurant down Hahndorf’s main strip. From the moment you walk into the door, the aroma of spices and curries gets your appetite going. The restaurant itself fits around 40 people and is decorated with traditional napery and colourful artworks.
We start off with the Samosa which comes in a serving of two. The pastry was fried to a light golden brown and was nice and crispy. The vegetable filling was a combination of lightly curried potatoes, spring onion, peas and coriander. The samosas had a bit of a kick to them and had great depth in flavour. It was a great way to start off proceedings.
To accompany the main, we had the Cheese Roti. Fresh out of the clay oven, the Roti was stuffed with grated mozzarella cheese and onion. The bread was crispy, while the filling was soft and gooey.
The main was the Lamb Curry, also known as Bheda Ko Masu. The first thing that strikes you is the generous serving size; it’s about twice what you would get elsewhere. The morsels of lamb were lean and succulent, and the meat had a slight pinkish centre. The lamb simply fell apart and the spices were well infused.
No meal is complete without dessert, so we went for the Mango Pistachio Ice Cream. The ice cream was smooth and creamy with lovely natural flavours of mango. The natural sweetness of the strawberries complemented the ice cream, while the pistachios added a nice crunchy texture. A perfect way to end the meal.
Nepalese Temptations has been voted one of the top ten places to have curry in Adelaide and there’s a reason why. To start off with, the food is great. The ingredients used are fresh, and the dishes are not over spiced so that you can taste the true flavours. Combine that with great customer service and relaxed surrounds, and you certainly have a winner. Entrees average around $9 and mains around $16, so it’s certainly well priced for what you get.
Nepalese Temptations is open for lunch from Friday to Sunday from 11am, and dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm till late.
WHERE: 3/60 Main St, Hahndorf