This article prompted a some compelling critiques about Australian food journalism on twitter, but it also alerted me to the existence of Samba's Jhol Momo, a newish Nepalese place tucked just off Sydney Road. They specialise in jhol momo - hot dumplings served in a thick broth - and have two dishes: meat and vegetarian.
We grabbed two bowls of the vego option ($10 each) and settled in. There are jars of good quality chilli sauce on the tables, so I immediately spooned some over my dish. This is probably unnecessary - the broth is brimming with spiciness already. It's perfect winter food, with maybe a hint of Sechuan pepper to really add to the kick. The dumplings themselves are freshly made and filled with a mix of veggies, garlic and ginger, but it's the broth that really shines here.
It's great to have another cheap and delicious option in the neighbourhood - this is a perfect place for us to stop off on the way home for a fast dinner when we need a break from Kevabs.
Samba's Jhol Momo528A Sydney Rd, Brunswick (entry on Blyth St)
Accessibility: There's a flat entry way to a fairly crowded interior, with regular tables. You order at a low counter. The toilets are unisex, but quite a trek through some narrow paths and uneven ground to the corner of the carpark.