Again, walking through Bath over the bank holiday weekend (check out our itinerary HERE), Eleanor and I came across another spectacular lunch spot, Phat Yaks, a Nepalese street food restaurant on Kingsmead Square. The first time we walked past Phat Yaks it was actually closed (they don’t open on a Sunday) and so we made sure we returned on our last day in Bath to sample some traditional Nepalese street food.
A takeaway or eat in restaurant, Phat Yaks is small but perfectly formed. Downstairs is the counter and kitchen, and breakfast bar type seating area along the window, perfect for people watching while you wait for your freshly prepared food. There is also an upstairs but I didn’t see it so can’t tell you what it is like. The downstairs is a mix of whitewashed walls, wooden accents and green plants. Even in the cold and wet it felt like I was sat on a patio.
Phat Yaks serve a range of food, from ‘Curry in a hurry’ to salads, shekuwa (little meat kebabs) and pakoras.
I went for the vegan thali, a fragrant rich chickpea and sweet potato curry served with rice, salad and chutney. I don’t know what it is about street food in Bath but you really get a lot for your cash! The thali was delicious, chunky veg in a rich curry sauce and served with a huge portion of rice. I also tried both chutneys on offer; a tomato and lemongrass which was tangy and fresh, and a tomato and ginger with a right kick. Both were delicious but I would opt for the tomato and ginger over and over.
I also ordered (stupidly, as I didn’t realise how large the portions were again) the pakoras. Steaming hot battered veggies consisting of kale, onion and something that to be honest I couldn’t distinguish arrived piled into a cone. There was so much food! They were all deliciously spiced but not hot.
Eleanor went for the Shekuwa, a fragrant pork skewer, served with salad. The sesame broccoli was a winner for me in this dish, along with potato salad and slaw. Even this portion was huge and with each dish being under £7 it is perfectly priced in a city that isn’t particularly cheap.
The food here was brilliant, and a huge shout out to the lovely staff. They realised that we weren’t local and had a good old chat with us and made us feel so welcome. I have made them promise to let me know if they venture further North with this concept as I would love to return without travelling 170 miles!
Just like with Chai Walla, the place we ate the day before, I wish we had this sort of street food in Nottingham. Lunch would be much more fun for me every day, however I would be the size of a house within a month. If you haven’t been yet, go! If you are in Bath for the weekend definitely head here, and read what we did with our 48 hours in the city HERE.