I live in Southport, an attractive resort on the North West Coast of England – just north of Liverpool and South of Blackpool.
Being a “foodie”, when a new restaurant business starts-up, I simply have to visit and so I went along to Great Himalayas Nepalese Restaurant with friends recently.
Opening on a site occupied by at least 2 previous restaurants and operating in challenging times, it does have the advantage of being located in the “Northern Quarter” of Lord Street, which is at the busier end of Southport town-centre.
WHAT`S IT LIKE INSIDE?…
The venue is clean, smart, well laid out and easy on the eye, with a distinctly Nepalese theme – clearly a lot of thought & care has been put into upgrading the premises.
And with a new and quite fabulous open kitchen at back, so you can see the chef and his team in action.
We were warmly greeted and shown to our table.
2 or 3 other tables were occupied, otherwise it was not busy.
The menu is well laid out and explanations of the various dishes are provided and proved extremely tempting.
After some superb papadums & homemade dips, (£2.95) we opted to go straight to main courses:
I ordered Hariyali Chicken ( £9.95 ) – “chicken cooked in blended spinach, cashew nut, garlic, onion and Himalayan dried herbs.”
It was absolutely superb, tasty, creamly and luxuriously indulgent.
Mushroom Rice (£3.95) and an Aloo Jeera (£5.50), which I asked to be cooked with a fiery kick, completed my meal.
Dishes were beautifully presented, skillfully-cooked & clearly contained quality produce.
Flavours were subtle, yet significant and the taste was devine.
Portion size was good.
Service was relaxed, friendly and yet efficient & professional.
AND TO DRINK…
The draft Everest lager is really good and went down almost too well. (£4 a pint)
And the Italian white wine we had was amazing – Levarie Soave Classico, Masi, which at £24 a bottle was a “deep dive” into their wine list.
However, it certainly delivered on its description of “clear hints of bananas and pears”. It was truly delicious.
Prices are slightly above some Indian restaurants in the town centre, but I can assure you all that for the quality, it offers excellent value for money.
The venue is smart & comfortable, with hints of Nepal on the walls.
Service very good and the food was truly fantastic – awesome, distinct flavours to really tickle the tastebuds.
I will be back. Highly recommended.
I`ve now found the best South Asian restaurant in Southport town centre and it`s Nepalese!
Parking on Lord Street is free after 6 pm.
The restaurant is surrounded by quite a few decent bars.
I`d recommend Ra Bar for a drink before and/or after your meal, which is only a few door away and has a large terrace for outdoor drinking in decent weather.
If you found this review helpful, you can see more of my food reviews on Trip Advisor, where I write under my “foodie” name of Pad Thai Paul.
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As always, thanks for reading – Paul