Bridges, a Findlay Market stall known for dishing out fresh and fragrant Nepali food, recently set up shop in the old Melt location, and it already has the neighborhood buzzing.
Bridges is the only game in town for Nepali food. And luckily for everyone, their game is on point.
Dishes here are prepared assembly-line style, similar to Chipotle. You choose a bowl of white or brown rice, which then gets topped with a stew of either soft lentils or yellow peas. Onto that delectable base goes a variety of south Asian dishes. If Indian food is your jam, you might recognize some of the entrees, like the chicken tikka masala.
Some of the dishes are pure Nepali, though; and they can’t be found anywhere else in the city. For a pungent taste of the Himalayas, try the haku chuala, a dry, spicy chicken dish. It is served cold, but the steaming rice and stew give it plenty of heat (not to mention the heat you’ll get from the sinus-scorching spices).
You can also choose from a variety of toppings to go on your mountain of deliciousness, including hot and mild sauces, Sriracha, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos. A side of spicy potatoes makes the perfect accompaniment. Your eyes may start to water, but trust us, those are tears of joy. Wash it all down with a variety of cold drinks, including Cincinnati’s own Skinny Piggy Kombucha and the glass bottle Cokes that are so hard to find outside legit taquerias. (Seriously, why can’t they just be everywhere?)
If you've never had Nepali food before, don’t worry, the staff here is friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to guide you through the ordering process. They even offer mini samples of everything on the menu. And if you're thinking on filling up on them like it's Kroger sample day, forget it; they’ll wise up to you.
Come hungry because the portions are ample, and the food is incredibly filling. Melt may have packed up and left, but the new tenants are wasting no time in knocking it out of the park.
Bridges in located at 4165 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223.