Lah Bros is a small but mighty spot where you’ll find underrepresented Nepali fare. Here, Kathmandu-born owner-chef Rajeev Chakradhar draws on dishes and practices from around the South Asian country, and filters them through a contemporary Australian lens. The 38-seat restaurant has also given Chakradhar a chance to enhance his own understanding of his home country.
Inspired by the Newar community of Kathmandu, there’s bara, a savoury pancake made from black lentils. It’s fried until crisp and served in a pair, each topped with an egg, chilli, chives and lamb jus. And, paying homage to Chakradhar’s mum, there’s tender smoked tomato and eggplant dip served with puffy fried bread. Of course, you will also find momos, Nepal’s take on the steamed dumpling. At Lah Bros they’re filled with pork and served with dollops of tomato and sesame achar, a pickled sauce that traditionally accompanies the dish.
For dessert, burnt Basque cheesecake is reimagined with the flavours of kheer – a cardamom, cinnamon and ginger-spiced rice pudding. Meanwhile chiya, a spiced milk-based tea drunk throughout Nepal, is transformed into crème brûlée. South Asian themes extend to a beverage menu featuring Nepali craft beers, and Nepali artwork lines the restaurant walls.
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