JU­DITH AISTHORPE Yogi’s Way

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AD­DRESS: Shop 2 9 Wes­tralia St, Stu­art Park OPEN: Daily 7am to 3pm and 5.30pm to 9pm CON­TACT: 8900 0695 Dine-in and take­away avail­able

TRA­DI­TIONAL

Nepalese cui­sine has been given an Aus­tralian twist at Yogi’s Way — Stu­art Park’s new­est restau­rant.

The all-day din­ing restau­rant opened six months ago at the Wes­tralia St shops.

Owner Bhairab Yogi said he wanted to open a venue that was well priced and catered to peo­ple of all di­etary re­quire­ments.

The menu in­cludes ve­gan, veg­e­tar­ian and meat dishes.

Break­fast in­cludes typ­i­cal dishes such as eggs bene­dict, pan­cakes and corn frit­ters.

Lunch and din­ner are a va­ri­ety of Aus­tralian and Nepalese dishes.

They in­clude samosa chaat, sukuti which is buf­falo jerky, puri tarkari — a tra­di­tional curry served with Nepalese bread. Burg­ers, schnitzels and sal­ads. Nepal’s ver­sion of a dumpling known as a momo fea­ture on the menu in both meat and ve­gan op­tions.

Mr Yogi said the suc­cu­lent morsels were based off the typ­i­cal street food recipe trav­ellers and lo­cals alike would tuck into.

“We haven’t changed any­thing with that be­cause it’s beau­ti­ful as it is,” he said.

He said other Nepalese dishes had been mod­i­fied to suit the palate of Aus­tralians — with the amount of chilli re­duced.

“What I was try­ing to do cre­ate a menu that peo­ple can come through the door and be happy it’s for every­body’s palate,” he said.

Mr Yogi ar­rived in Dar­win in 2013 and has worked in var­i­ous res­tau­rants around town.

He de­cided to open Yogi’s Way as he felt the Stu­art Park area was lack­ing in din­ing venues.

He hopes by in­cor­po­rat­ing the best of Nepalese cui­sine he can in­tro­duce peo­ple to where he grew up.

“I was born in Nepal and an Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen now and I wanted to put that in­flu­ence in the food,” he said.

“It’s about ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the food of that part of the world.

“I’m re­ally priv­i­leged to be able to share it and ed­u­cate peo­ple about what we do.”

With a fo­cus on healthy dishes Mr Yogi has taken the un­usual step of milling his own flour. The flour is used in all the breads and ro­tis. “This is purely Aus­tralian grown and or­ganic, it’s tasty and full of nutri­tion,” he said.

“It is a lot of work but at the end of the day it’s worth it, it’s not only about taste but about what you should be eat­ing.”

Most meals are un­der $20 and take­away is avail­able.

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