Category Archives: French

Le Sherpa

Le Sherpa

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Location: Lazimpat, just south of Pani Pokari
Establishment: French Restaurant
Cost: 500-1000Nrs for decent meal
Near by walking: Bike Station, Bhumi (10 minutes), Saigon Pho
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Sporting a chef from Chez Caroline, Le Sherpa seems poised to dominate Maharajgunj and Lazimpat’s market for French cuisine. Though it has a quarter of the menu options Chez Caroline has, the price is just a tad lower, the restaurant probably not having to pay the kind of rents comparable to those in Babarmajal. If you’re hankering for a nice meal with a friend or the family, and are in the north side of town, look no further.
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The dining area is split up into an awning-covered outside courtyard with fireplace, bordered on two sides by slightly more indoor seating options.
Parking is ample, the restroom is in Ramalaya Furniture shop next door.
The food is exquisite, and the chocolate mousse is decadent. Have the latter with a cappuccino or latte.

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Delices de France

Delices de France

20110924-094648.jpgLocation: Thamel
Establishment: French Restaurant
Cost: 600 – 1200 Nrs for a meal, drink
Near by walking: Aqua Java Zing, etc.
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In Thamel and tired of the standard multi-ethnic cuisine? Delices de France offers a francophile temporary escape at a price. Though their offerings do not have the depth of the behemoth Chez Caroline, or the twist of Jardin, Delices de France is right there in Thamel. Having only visited for lunch, this reviewer is not prepared to say that the restaurant limits itself during dinner, please give it a try.
In general, French food needs to be amazing (where would we be without standards?), and this is not, it’s just on par…one star off for that. No parking obviously, we’re talking Thamel. That said, everything under the sun is conveniently a short walk away. Western bathrooms.

Of note, Delices has a presence at the farmers markets in town, offering their compotes and confits for sale. Their onion confit is excellent on a toasted naan with some soft goat cheese.

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Jardin

Jardin

20110317-121617.jpgLocation: Jawalakhel, Patan
Establishment: European Restaurant
Cost: 500-1000 Nrs for a meal, not including drinks
Near by walking: restaurant row, cafe soma
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Neatly concealed behind a brick wall of a neighborhood in Jawalakhel, Jardin’s miniature courtyard leads you in to the internal dining rooms and away from the bustling street noises. Sit outside if the weather is agreeable, the inner rooms are nice, but may feel cramped if your party is large.
Jardin seems to be going head to head with Chez Caroline on selection and style, making up for the lack of both (in comparison to CC anyway) with slightly lower prices and a bit of an east-meets-west twist. Some have said the steak here is the best, and though exceptional by my count, I’ll leave that up to the connoisseurs. The highlight of my repast was the “duck sushi” medallions of roast duck laid on potato wedges.

Of note, there is parking and the restaurant is excellent. That said, for this reviewer, anything in Patan is a world away. If you’re already down there, this place is a “must-du”.

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Chez Caroline

Chez Caroline

Location: Babarmajal Revisited
Establishment: French Restaurant
Cost: 3000-6000 nrs for one or two person meal with drinks
Near by walking: Casablanca Lounge, japanese restaurant (?)
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Chez Caroline (SAYS KE-RO-LYNE) is as French as it gets in Nepal, which was pretty decent. Go to Babarmajal and park, then enter into the catacomb system of courtyards. Once inside make sure to get a courtyard seat to enjoy the air, especially if it’s just after monsoon season (June-September).

I had the mustard sauce pork chops which were very good, but as French food anywhere else in the world, they were expensive (865 nrs?). The pace of the meal was Nepali, almost French. The array of dishes was almost too good; I had a hard time choosing. I very much enjoyed the dessert and coffee as well. I’d go there again.


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Babarmahal Revisited

Babarmahal Revisited

Location: Singha Durbar
Establishment: Courtyard housing restaurants
Cost: depends on the restaurant
Near by walking: Nothing I’ve yet been to

Babarmahal Revisited has street-side parking and private parking. Some 20 minutes or more south of central KTM, this place is a courtyard catacombe that houses several interesting restaurants and cafés, including Casablanca Lounge, Chez Caroline, and more. The complex was rennovated (check out the photos while you’re there) and is now home to some very cool shops as well as eateries.


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