Canberra Nepalese Restaurant

What makes Nepalese food unique?

Ammar Chef has been working with us for over two years now and has bolstered the Nepalese items we offer on our menu

Nepalese food is thought to have been originated from flavours and cooking styles of its neighbours – China, Tibet & India. Closest of them being India because of the religion, open border and most importantly the spices. While Nepalese food does have its similarities with Indian food, it is still very much a unique international cuisine.

Nepalese food is fresh, healthy and accommodates most diets. The Nepalese cooking is simple and that’s what makes it appealing to most people who are trekking in Nepal.

The Himalayan Spice Box

Let’s look at some key differences in Nepalese cooking

  • Nepalese cooking we chop and stir-fry the vegetables. Herbs and spices are simply added to give it extra flavour. There is no use of any kind of paste to complement the gravy.
  • Nepalese cooking does not use cream. Instead, its popular sauce is gravy, which presents a thinner and less heavy texture to the food. Nepalese is often considered healthier because of that.
  • Nepalese cooking (curry dishes) does not use sugar. There is only one real exception to this and this is if the dish is extremely sweet. Only then will Nepalese chefs add some cooking sugar.   
  • In Nepal, it is traditional to eat rice (Bhat) up to twice a day in a popular dish called Daal Bhat – a combination of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup. Unlike Indian cuisine, in Nepal we do not eat as much naan or chapatti bread. Our broader menu does have choice of Naan/Roti for our customers at the Hungry Buddha.

At the Hungry Buddha, we use local vegetable suppliers to bring in our weekly supply of fresh vegetables. We prepare each dish on site with much care.

The Hungry Buddha caters for various dietary requirements. You can always email us or call us if you are unsure of our offerings.

The Hungry Buddha is open 7 days from 5 pm. You can also order online directly through our own platform and get it delivered straight to your home.

What are the benefits of Nepalese spices?

Nepal is also well known for spices and when used correctly can have some amazing health benefits. Here at the Hungry Buddha, we are very serious how we use the spice the correct Nepalese way. Below are some of the spices we use and the health benefits it comes with –

Cinnamon (Dalchini)

Cinnamon has amazing health benefits and used in traditional medicine to control blood glucose levels and keeps diabetes under control.

Turmeric (Besar)

The yellow coloured spice and flavour that can be used to make a wide range of meals look and taste better. Turmeric is an antioxidant and has been known to fight and also manage cancer. The spice also comes with the benefit of keeping the liver safe by cleansing it from toxins that come with excess alcohol.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Cumin seed is one of the most common spices in the Nepalese Kitchen. The health benefits of cumin seeds include a boost in the immune system, pain relief, relieving nausea, stomach pains and cramps, indigestion and diarrhea


Cardamom has healing properties similar to those of ginger. It is used to flavour foods ranging from sweet potatoes, pastries to squash. It also makes chiya (Nepalese tea) taste great.

Ginger (Aduwa)

Ginger has many health benefits including relieving colds, joint pains and regulating blood pressure.

Black Pepper

The health benefits of black pepper include curing illness such as constipation, diarrhoea, earache, gangrene and heart disease.

Cloves (Lwang)

Cloves are known for their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste along with medicinal properties. Clove has lots of healing properties and used for upset stomach and as an expectorant.

Mustard Seeds (Tori)

Nepalese households use mustard seeds or its oil for various purposes. It can help control symptoms of asthma, packed with B-complex vitamins and help to relieves rheumatoid, arthritic and muscle pain.

Coriander (Dhaniya)

Coriander is used to spice up a wide range of foods and salads. The health benefits include treating diabetes and being an antioxidant.

We use range of spices on our cooking. Please read our recipe page for some recipe and how we use spice here at the Hungry Buddha.


The Hungry Buddha now delivers food 7 nights a week

The Canberra Nepalese Restaurant is now delivering hot and delicious Nepalese, Indian and Asian meals right to your door step, 7 nights a week from 5 pm.

This local restaurant is Canberra’s top restaurant on Tripadvisor for the Northern Suburbs.

If you decide to pick the order up, you will also get a discount of 10%. The delivery orders attract a discount of 5%.

The Hungry Buddha Canberra delivers food to the following suburbs in Canberra’s north –

  • HOLT

To place an order simply visit the restaurants own order online platform.

If you need to speak to us about specefic allergy or talk through your order you can always call us at 02 6147 7326 after 5 pm, and our staff will be able to assist you.

The Hungry Buddha – Best Nepalese Restaurant in Canberra

The Restaurant

The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Canberra.

This Canberra Nepalese restaurant is now into its 9 years of operation. Established in 2011, the restaurant started in the suburb of Curtin and moved to Belconnen in 2016.

Ambience and Service

This Nepalese restaurant boasts modern architecture and ambience. The fresh aroma of spices welcomes you and will make you fall in love with the place from the get-go.

Spacious teak tables, comfortable chairs & the relaxed ambience is further enhanced by Nepalese instrumental music playing softly in the background.

The experience is complemented by an all-round service from the knowledgeable staff.

The hours of operation

The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Restaurant is one of the top Nepalese/Asian Restaurants in Canberra.

Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm, the restaurant caters  for dine-in, takeaway and clintele looking for food to be delivered to their homes.

The Nepalese restaurant caters for vegeterian, vegan and other diets including gluten free, nut free & dairy free. All our meats are 100% halal.

BYO’s are welcome, wine only with $6 corkage.

The drinks menu includes local/interstate wines and also lager beers all the way from Nepal.

Our Menu

The Nepalese restaurant comes with an extensive menu. To complement this we have the banquet, specials, kids & drinks menu that includes famous cocktails such as the Tipsy Buddha and the round Annapurna.

The restaurant is fit for any occasion whether it be a family dinner, a night out with the boys/girls or even impressing that special someone.

We recommend reservations for the night especially towards the weekend. The restaurant does take walk-ins too.

We look forward to seeing you at The Hungry Buddha.



Kids eat free at The Hungry Buddha, every Mondays!

The Hungry Buddha, Belconnen is launching the kids menu & every Monday, the kids eat for free.

There are limited usual conditions like with adult dining, one meal per kid and so on.

Amin, the business manager got together with head chef Ammar and came up with the menu after trailing for some time.

This is going to be a delight for the parents wanting to dine at the Hungry Buddha. The kids eat free and also will have something to choose for themselves.

The menu comes with simple chiken tikka with naan. And if you they are not willing to try the spices, there is always the “mountain pizza”

All the menu items are marked to cater for dietary requirements.

Bookings are essential.


Five things you need to know about Nepali Food

In this article you will learn about what are the five things that make Nepali food different to its closest rivals.

Nepali people love their food; it’s healthy, nourishing and fresh. Since Nepali food always get compared with Indian or Sub-continent food, here are few things that might get you to think otherwise.

So here are the five things you need to know about Nepali food

1. It’s not all Daal Bhat

Daal Bhat (Rice with lentils and curry) is the dish in Nepal which most households eat at least twice a day. Most travellers visiting Nepal are introduced to Daal Bhat in Kathmandu or trekking in the Himalayas. However, the thing to remember is Nepal has other delicacies too like Choyala, Bara, Sekuwa, Chowmein, Mo:Mo: and the taste varies depending on where you are from.

2. Nepali food is not like or similar to Indian Food

It is a major misconception that Nepali Food is another version of Indian Food. And most probably I spent the first couple of years at the Hungry Buddha explaining that it is not. We do share some similarities but each cuisine is unique and the spice mix is different. Nepali food tends to be light in spices and not overly hot. Its fresh and the spice complements the vegetables or meat it’s cooked with.

3. Dhindo

Dhindo is a traditional food of Nepal, sometimes referred to as national food of Nepal.  It is prepared by bringing hot water in a pan to boil and adding flour while continuously stirring the mix. It is the main meal in various parts of Nepal. Dhindo is traditionally prepared from buckwheat or millet but wheat, corn flour is common as well. The food is high on nutrition level and satisfies the taste buds when eaten with Gundruk soup (another delicacy cooked with dried & fermented green vegetables leaves)

4. Mo:Mo:

The steamed dumpling is available at each street corner and is the favorite lunchtime snack for most Nepalese or visitors in Nepal. Mo:Mo: can be made with vegetables, chicken meat or buffalo meat, and when cooked with traditional spices & served with homemade tomato chutney, is sure to impress your taste buds. Every time I go to Nepal, I go to my favorite place in Thamel for mo:mo:’s.

5. Pressure Cooker is your best friend

As we grew up as kids, ovens/microwaves were almost non-existent but the trend is changing now. However, the whistle of pressure cooker meant, mum had just cooked a nice delish curry or lentils.

A pressure cooker is almost available in every Nepali kitchen which could cook a delicious & tender goat curry, authentic Nepali way.

If you have any questions about Nepalese food or this article please write us here.

The Hungry Buddha, Belconnen – Opening Late Oct 2016


The Hungry Buddha coming to Canberra’s north!

If you live Northside and love Nepalese food, you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to enjoy The Hungry Buddha‘s fresh chicken mo:mo’s, gently spiced daal bhat and village-style goat curries a little closer to home.

The Hungry Buddha restaurant is expanding to Belconnen in October 2016. Watch this space for more news and updates.

We are now open in BELCONNEN [8/9 Luxton St Belconnen ACT 2617 ] (02) 6147 7326  🙂