Come for Groceries, Stay for Samosas

Tucked behind the packed aisles of beans, sauces, snacks, and candies in the New African Asian Market lies one of Concord’s hidden gems. The grocery store itself is packed with goodies, from grocery staples like beans and rice, to delicious sesame cookies that remind me of a trip I took to China in college. But the restaurant, called Katmandu Bazaar, is a treasure. Featuring “Asian foods with a Nepali twist,” come on an empty stomach and prepare to be delighted.

For 99 cents a samosa, this might be the best deal in all of Concord’s establishments. These beautifully fried dishes are crispy on the outside, and stuffed full of potatoes, peas, and fresh coriander. The house sauces were delicious for dipping and allow for adding just the right amount of heat.

To counteract the spiciness, or just to add a new depth of flavor to your meal, order a Thai iced tea. I’m not entirely certain of the ingredients, but it is slightly fruity, slightly sweetened and freshly made. It’s incredibly refreshing with your meal, or great to take with you.

My friend and I stopped by for lunch and ordered half of the menu to share (and then proceeded to take 2/3 of it home!) As you can see, the portions are enormous, and very affordable, so we ordered everything. Pictured above with the iced tea is the fried rice which is available with chicken, beef, or veggies. These are the momos, Tibetan-style dumplings made with chicken, beef or vegetables. We ordered the veggie momos which were perfectly paired with the house spicy sauces again!

There were lots of noodle dishes on the menu, so we ordered the chow mein. These thick noodles absorbed the smoky flavor of the grill they were cooked on and were a good contrast to the fried and steamed dumplings.

So there you have it – a fun spot in Concord where you can find all kinds of Asian and African groceries, in addition to yummy lunch options at a great price point. They also offer takeout! Visit them at 133 Loudon Road from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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