New features to tingle the taste buds include Nepalese-style lamb and spice filled “momo” dumplings straight from new chef Muna Kandel's country of origin. They are fresh and sumptuous, and the dipping sauce is to die for with a delectable hit of cumin. This stuff should be bottled and sold en masse.
In keeping with Nepalese tradition, these dumplings are boiled rather than fried – good if you’re counting the calories – and served in a shell shape. They’re not what you’d expect for under £7. Having been fortunate enough to see them being made, I can vouch that Muna’s culinary artistry is something to behold.
The new menu also includes items inspired by other regions of the world such as an Indian cheese curry “muttar paneer” for vegetarians and falafel wrap for the vegans among us, as well as Caribbean jerk meatballs and Cajun chicken salad as new additions.
The food is sourced from local independent supermarkets and wholesalers, in keeping with the venue’s community feel.
And regulars, panic ye not, cos all your favourites are still on the menu; including the humble and popular baked spud with all its treasured toppings, and the hard-to-beat classic chicken curry.
Likewise, there’s an array of fair-trade coffees from around the world, including my personal favourite; the chai latte. Joined with their new homemade orange cake, it was simply heavenly.
New Art Exchange also provide a made-to-order menu for events like weddings, providing anything from bangers and mash to traditional West African cuisine. There really is something for everybody, and with the art gallery hosting a new exhibition every three months, as well as loads of workshops, you can get a culture hit while satisfying your appetite.
New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE. 0115 924 8630.
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