As we all know York is absolutely chock a block full of restaurants. Ranging from the high-end chains like The Ivy through standard Pizza places, down to fast food fast eating counters such as King Chips. Yet one of the great things is that York also boasts lots of small independent quirky places. It was one of these that we decided to go to when friends were visiting one Friday night – namely the Yak and Yeti Gurka restaurant.
If you aren’t aware of this place, it is a small upstairs restaurant on Goodramgate, advertised as the first Nepalese restaurant in York. It was a freezing Friday night when we walked up the stairs to the lovely warm atmosphere was very welcome. It was incredibly busy but we had a booking so it was only a short wait whilst they cleared the table and we were soon seated.
The menu is a mix of traditional Nepalese dishes and some more recognisable items such as Chow Mein. It can be a little confusing as it is a mix of small dishes and mains but for those who like an easy life, there is a set menu that can be ordered to give a taste of a traditional Nepalese dinner.
As always first decision is what to drink. Obviously an easy one for me, as its a glass of the house red which was a very nice Tempranillo. My dining companions all went for a bottle of traditional Gurka lager, clearly, a thirsty lot the bottles that arrived were huge. For starters, we went for the intriguing sounding Chilli Momos. These were small steamed dumplings filled with mixed vegetables served with a spicy sauce. The big plate of squidgy dumplings arrived filled with fresh tasting vegetables all served with a spicy sauce. They were absolutely moreish and I would have been happy with plates of them! They were certainly on the hotter side but there is a plain version if you prefer less chilli.
The mains arrived quickly after the momo’s left and all smelled and looked fantastic. The two large plates of Yak and Yeti Special Chow Mein were both declared to be the best chow mein they have ever tasted. For main I went for the Nepali Tarkari with chilli chips. Nepali Tarkari is slow cooked vegetables cooked with Nepalese spices, it was small but incredibly tasty and it was a great choice to go with the large plate of chilli chips I ordered from the starter menu (who says you can’t mix up a menu?). The chips were cooked with stir-fry vegetables and had a great hit of chilli heat. The final dish of the four was the chilli chicken with a rice side and as someone who is very fussy about his chilli chicken is was given high praise indeed.
As always we were too full for dessert however there is a small selection if wanted including one of my naughty but nice favourites Banana Fritter. The Yak and Yeti is definitely a unique find, but absolutely worth a trip and is a little-hidden gem in the centre of York.
🍛 Meal for 2 with a drink each: £45
🎉 My Highlight: The chilli momo’s – perfect little dumplings
🍴 If we could change one thing…
Maybe have some more vegetarian options for main courses.
Restaurant details: www.yakyetiyork.co.uk