Where: 349 Victoria St, West Melbourne
When: Lunch- Tues- Fri 11:30-2:30, Dinner- Tues-Sun 5:30pm
Contact: (03) 9329 3960
CC and EFTPOS
Licensed and BYO
Front: Aloo Matar- potatoes and green peas cooked in tomato sauce with herbs ($13.50)
Kathmandu Cottage sits unassumingly on the Errol St end of Victoria St, snuggled in-between a handful of similarly unremarkably-fronted restaurants. I doubt you’d think to visit unless you were a local, but really, you should. I can only assume this cozy little restaurant is a family-run business because you often see a cheeky faced child poking their head around the corner or walking in the door with their school-bags. The homey atmosphere shows through in the cute handmade decorating; a mix of posters and art work on burnt orange walls. The place smells fantastic, which you’ll understand once you’ve experienced the food. I’m a repeat offender but on this particular visit I enjoyed the Beef Curry (tender diced beef cooking with onion, tomato and herbs) and Aloo Matar (potatoes and green peas cooked in tomato sauce with herbs). It’s hard to describe how dishes seemingly so plain were remarkable but thanks to a perfect balance of flavours and good quality ingredients, both dishes were excellent. My only gripe is that we ordered both dishes “medium” spicy but couldn’t detect any heat in any of them. They go quite easy on their clientele so if you like your chili, think big.
The staff are very well-trained and absolutely attending your every need, including the mid-meal “everything OK” check; much appreciated. There wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about with the roti, which was a bit flat and too similar to the naan. However the naan is perfect, so it’s best just to stick with that. Dishes arrive quickly and are a good size and there is an extensive and delicious vegetarian selection.
I know I’ll visiting again and again, I just fear that I’ll never be able to eat as much as I order. Bring a crowd and sample as many dishes as you can.
Beef Curry- tender diced beef cooking with onion, tomato and herbs ($15.90)