Taste of Nepal on Canadian soil

Journey through flavours and ambiance in the heart of Calgary

Pooja Ale Magar(left) and Prakash Magar the owner of Calgary Momo House. (Photo by Paritosh Hirulkar/The Press)

Embark on a culinary journey from the streets of Nepal to the mountains of Calgary. As you step inside Calgary Momo House, the aroma and atmosphere create an ambient mood, evoking the essence of Nepal and stimulating your appetite.

The owners of the restaurant wanted an authentic Nepal ambiance, decorating the space with traditional elements. The ceiling alludes to the snowy Himalayas and music complements the background.

Pooja Ale Magar, the owner, started this journey with her husband Prakash Magar during COVID times from their house in the year 2020.

“My husband got laid off [from] work and my baby was just six months old when we started selling momos online,” said Ale Magar. Once they began selling at the marketplace, they received an overwhelming amount of love.

A picture of Fried Veggie momos and steamed chicken at Calgary Momo House. (Photo by Paritosh Hirulkar/The Press)

“We couldn’t keep up with the orders,” said Ale Magar

When Magar was laid off, life became harder for them and this made them take a decision to work on their passion and open a restaurant called Calgary Momo House in 2021.

During the first days of opening, Calgarians liked the experience Momo is one of the only authentic Nepali restaurants in the city. However, many people considered it to be an Indian restaurant.

“Lots of our customers are Indian and they didn’t know about the difference between Nepali momo and Indian momo,” said Ale Magar.

The restaurant uses authentic Nepali spices, if they are not able to find these spices in Calgary, they will prepare spices at home to give it that genuine taste.

A photo of the authentic Jhol momos taken on 16th September 2023 at Calgary Momo House. (Photo by Paritosh Hirulkar/The Press)

“We are trying to make it similar by using the authentic ingredients,” said Magar.

Calgary Momo House is in the safe hands of an experienced chef Magar himself who used to work as a chef in the U.S., London, Nepal and Canada.

“I have over 20 years of experience in culinary [industry],” said Magar.

When asked about the motivation behind opening an authentic Nepali restaurant, Magar who is a seasoned chef had just a small and beautiful thing to say, “It is just for the love of food.”

Since the opening and because of their extraordinary cuisine and taste, word of mouth really worked for them.

Ridham Shah who has been a customer at the Calgary Momo House for the past two years discovered this place with his girlfriend Jahanvi Bhatt who found out about this from her friends. After discovering the restaurant this has been their go-to place when they crave momos.

“I absolutely love tandoori momo there it is so crispy and tasty,” said Shah.

Customers who have been at the restaurant only had good things to say. Some were in awe of the taste while others were in love with the ambience and the service.

“We feel like we are back in the Himalayas and there are flags on the ceiling which looks nice,” said Bhatt.

About Paritosh Hirulkar 4 Articles
As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Paritosh Hirulkar is working as a writer for The Press in 2023.