Restaurents in Nepal

Restaurents in Nepal

Nepal has not urbanized a characteristic style of cooking and it’s most popular food consists, more often than not, of Dal Bhat – lentils and rice . An immunity is Newar cuisine that can be very elaborate and spicy. Rice is the staple food and some typical dishes include dal (lentil soup), spiced vegetables, chapatis and tsampa (eaten by the hill people), a raw grain, ground and mixed with milk, tea or water.

Sweets and spicy snacks include jelabi, laddus and mukdals . Some regional dishes include gurr , a Sherpa dish of raw potatoes, pounded with spices then grilled like pancakes on a hot, flat stone.

Tibetan cuisine includes thukba, a thick soup and momos (fried or boiled, stuffed dumplings). Meat includes pork, goat, chicken or buffalo, but beef is forbidden. There is a wide varied selection of restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara, elsewhere the choice is limited. A 12 per cent government tax is added to all restaurant bills.

The national drink is chiya , a tea brewed with milk, sugar and spices; in the mountains it is salted with yak butter. Another popular mountain drink is chang , a beer made from fermented barley, maize, rye or millet. Arak (potato alcohol) and raksi (wheat or rice spirit) are popular.

Nepalese beer is available, as is good-quality local rum, gin and vodka. Local whisky is not so tasty, but imported varieties are available.

Restaurants in Kathmandu

Old Tashi Delek Rest

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Tibetan

This place, a long-time favourite, feels like a trekking lodge that’s been transplanted from Everest into a Thamel time warp. Prices are decent, the Tibetan momos (especially the richosse momo soup) are authentic, and the spinach mushroom enchilada (Rs 140) is surprisingly good for Tibetan-Mexican food (Tib-Mex?). It’s down a corridor, slap bang in the centre of the Thamel action.

Third Eye Restaurant

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Indian

Next door to Yin Yang, and run by the same people, this is a long-running favourite that retains something of the old Kathmandu atmosphere. There’s a sit-down section at the front, and a more informal section with low tables and cushions at the back and a rooftop terrace. Indian food is the speciality and the tandoori dishes are especially good.

Himalayan Java

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Café

Above the Bakery Cafe, this modern and buzzing coffeehouse serves good espresso and fine paninis and cakes, in addition to decent breakfasts. There’s a sunny balcony, lots of sofas and big-screen TV for the football, but from certain angles it feels a bit like a hotel foyer. It’s popular with hip middle-class Nepalis and there’s wi-fi.

New Orleans Cafe

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Café

Hidden down an alley near the Brezel Bakery, New Orleans boasts a relaxed and intimate candlelit vibe and a great selection of music, often live. It’s a popular spot for a drink but the menu also ranges far and wide, from Thai curries and good burgers to Creole jambalaya and oven-roasted vegies, plus good breakfasts.

Yak Restaurant

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Other

An unpretentious and reliable Tibetan-run place at the end of Thamel. The booths give it a ‘Tibetan diner’ vibe and the clientele is a mix of trekkers, Sherpa guides and local Tibetans who come to shoot the breeze over a cigarette and a tube of tongba (hot millet beer). The menu includes Tibetan dishes, with good kothey (fried momos), and some Indian dishes, at unbeatable prices. It feels just like a trekking lodge, down to that familiar electronic sound of a chicken being strangled every time a dish leaves the kitchen.

La Dolce Vita

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Italian

Life is indeed sweet at Thamel’s best Italian bistro, offering up delights such as parmesan gnocchi; excellent antipasti; goat’s cheese, spinach and walnut ravioli; sinfully rich chocolate torte and wines by the glass. Choose between the rustic red-and-white tablecloths and terracotta tiles of the main restaurant, a rooftop garden, the yummy-smelling espresso bar (real Lavazza coffee) or sunny lounge space; either way the atmosphere and food are excellent. It’s right on the corner opposite Kathmandu Guest House.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Italian

Rumour has it that this was a favourite of Prince Dipendra and his girlfriend, before he massacred his entire family in 2001 (don’t worry, no one’s blaming the pizza). Regardless, it’s an excellent and informal Italian place, serving some of the best pizzas in Kathmandu, imported Italian soft-serve ice cream, seriously good Illy espresso and rousing opera – Italian, of course. It’s very popular and you’ll need a reservation in the high season.

Dechenling

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Tibetan

Quality Tibetan and Indian food is served up in this attractive beer garden, and it’s one of the few places in town to offer interesting Bhutanese dishes such as kewa dhatsi (potatoes and cheese curry). The thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup; Rs 150) is the best in Thamel. If you can’t decide, opt for a Tibetan or Bhutanese set meal washed down with a draught Everest Beer. No wonder the Tibetan name means Place of Joy.

Dolma Momo Center

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Tibetan

This is typical of the Tibetan eateries dotted around town – it’s just a hole in the wall, and momos and a few stains are the only things on the menu. But the momos are excellent, and they’re top value.

Shree Lal House of Vegetarian Restaurant

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Other

Vegetarians and vegans love this bright and modern family-run place for its vegetarian Indian dishes, South Indian dosa s (fried lentil-flour pancakes) and open kitchen. The food is tasty and good value for a light meal. The lababdar roll comes with nuts, onion, pepper, carrot and paneer (cottage cheese).

Rum Doodle Restaurant & Bar

Kathmandu, Nepal

Restaurants › Bar

Named after the world’s highest mountain, the 40,000½ft Mt Rum Doodle (according to WE Bowman, author of The Ascent of Rum Doodle, a spoof of serious mountaineering books), this famous bar is still milking a dusty (1983!) Time magazine accolade as ‘one of the world’s best bars’. It’s long been a favourite meeting place for mountaineering expeditions – Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Ang Rita Sherpa and Rob Hall have left their mark on the walls – and a visit here feels like a bit of a pilgrimage for mountain lovers. Trekking groups can add their own yeti footprint trek report to the dozens plastered on the walls. The restaurant serves up decent steaks, pasta and…

 

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