From Nepal to India and back

5 March 2015
The first question to ask yourself after you leave the table at restaurant Gurkha is why food tastes better when you eat it with your fingers. If you ask someone from India - it's because our fingers have taste buds, and we left the restaurant with the conviction that there must be something true in this statement.

In Mumbai, many employees use the lunch box delivery system - sent from a restaurant or from home and delivered by a person who remembers all the information through a complex mind system, without a single spreadsheet. Imagine this: two hundred thousand boxes that they should take from a certain address and deliver to someone's desk by reading only on a few simple characters on the box - and the sole purpose of this is for the food to be freshly cooked and still warm. This attitude towards lunch can tell you a lot about India - the people here are proud to say that the food is a huge part of their lives. Right now we want it to dominate ours as well. Talking about food makes you hungry, so naturally our conversation ends at the doors of Gurkha - a restaurant for Nepali and Inidan food.

This is the only place in Sofia, where you can try Nepali cuisine. We order Indian in several other restaurants and the main chef of Gurkha actually wordked on the menu of some of them. Naturally, here you will most strongly feel the signature of Gundzha Chokhal. We know in advance that he comes from a family of gurkhi - Nepali soldiers with a special attitude towards food. (Notice the last page in the menu and you will find that these legendary warriors say "the delicious Nepali food is our soul"). Gundzha will often serve you personally and you can always ask him for a recommendation. While we browse the menu together, he quickly explaines that black pepper is not "spice" - in the East, this word is reserved for the combination of at least three herbs.


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