Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2023: Pickerington’s Jhapali Kitchen & Bar

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Jhapali Kitchen & Bar is emblematic of one of the more interesting developments in Columbus dining in recent years: a burgeoning Nepalese food scene around Pickerington and Reynoldsburg.

Co-owner Dilli Bhattarai runs Jhapali with his brothers and sister-in-law. The family is among the more than 30,000 Bhutanese-Nepali refugees who have resettled in Ohio since 2018. In 2010, Bhattarai and his family came to Central Ohio from the Jhapa district, in Nepal’s southeast corner, far from the more tourism-heavy Kathmandu Valley.

The Pickerington restaurant, tucked next to the 25,000-square-foot GN International Grocery, specializes in both Nepalese and Indian fare. The spacious white dining room is somewhat spare, save for a colorful and inviting bar offering wine, cocktails and import beers (like Kingfisher) in cold mugs. And while the service at this family-run establishment can be slow at times, the flavorful dishes are worth the wait.

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