Nepalese cuisine, not surprisingly, seems to include quite a bit of fusion with the cuisines of their neighbours, China and India. The result is sometimes spicy, sometimes sweet variety of dishes, many of which are vegan or at least vegan friendly. This is not our first time trying Nepalese food but it was definitely the most enjoyable. Admittedly, we have never actually been to Nepal so how completely authentic our experience has been is anyone's guess. We still enjoyed it.
Momo Factory, Delta - Vegan Options
Last time we were here, this was a Filipino joint, the name of which, I can't recall. They are located in the strip mall at the corner of Scott Road and Nordell Way in the same complex as Happy Singh, Tandoori Flame, Le Meza and apparently the Surrey/Delta Circumcision Clinic. All I'm saying is, make sure you get to the right place.
Ordering too much is always our thing (OK, my thing) and we could have done nicely with a couple of their lunch specials at 15.99 each. This one had 4 deep fried momos, Manchurian fried rice, something just called Manchurian (with your choice of protein) and a delightfully spicy habanero hot sauce. Everything was amazing but we didn't stop there.
We came for the momos and more momos we would have. We asked for them to be deep fried as healthy preparation be damned. You can order them with different proteins including soya chaap or veg for vegans (we asked for soya chaap). You order them with different sauces some of which are vegan but not all. We order this with sandehko which is sort of a pico de Gallo. Very good!
Somehow, I managed to order Veg Manchurian twice (the first was part of the lunch special). That's OK because we really like these things! Sort of like a meatball without the meat. Mixed chopped veggies flavoured with garlic, chilli and soy, we could eat these anytime.
Our final dish was Aloo Gohbi, a familiar Indian dish but we like how they prepared it here with potatoes wedges and Nepali spices. Served with basmati rice but they let us know that the Naan is not vegan. Another nice and warming dish.
For absolutely no reason, and to no advantage, Momo Factory (I am not using the abbreviation MF for obvious reasons) has a robot server! Of course, it is highly Instagramable but when it arrived the first time, our human server came and moved the plates to our table! So...you know. The next time it arrived, I bravely removed the plates myself.
This is a comfortable low-key room and the staff is very nice. Our server helped us figure out the vegan options. It would be nice if the menu was a bit clearer on that as there are quite a few more dishes beyond what we tried. We like the pastoral scene mural at the end of the room. It is a leftover from the Fillipino restaurant that used to occupy the space but if you didn't know better, you could imagine that it was Nepal!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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