Manakamana Nepali Restaurant
Nepalese/Indian. 165 Temple St., Jordan, 2385-2070. Jordan is home to a large portion of the city’s Nepalese population, so naturally it houses some of its best Nepalese restaurants, too. This family-run joint’s location on Temple Street and late closing time makes it ideal if you need a break from browsing the night markets and feel like something other than the dai pai dong just up the street.
HIT Manakamana serves up both Nepalese and Indian dishes, but we stuck to the Nepalese as we don’t eat it all that often. A large variety of momos—Nepalese dumplings—are on offer and we opted for the plate of fried pork momos ($52), which were large and wonderfully juicy, deepfried to an ultra-crisp exterior. We dipped each one into the spicy, garlicky chili sauce, and when we bit into the crispy skin the momos exploded with piping hot meat juices. Gurkha chicken ($68) featured tender meat in a heavily spiced, salty dark brown sauce that was almost like a rendang with its concentrated flavor. We mopped it up with some homemade garlic naan ($20), all washed down with a couple of Nepalese Gorkha Beers ($48).
MISS The décor won’t blow anyone’s minds—there’s an unassuming exterior, and on the inside it’s pretty barebones with just a few Nepalese trinkets on the wall.
But once the food arrives, you’ll ignore everything and get sucked in to the familial warmth and spices.
BOTTOM LINE Ditch the Temple Street tourist trap and head straight to Manakamana for Nepalese bites at great prices—and fried momos we’ve been dreaming about ever since.
Open daily noon-1am. $