Chinese Chicken Chili Snack at Imago Dei
Location: Nag Pokhari
Establishment: Western Continental restaurant
Cost: 300-1000 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Mike’s Breakfast, Seoul Arirang Korean Restaurant, Duty-Free Shop, Framing Shop
Info: ph:(0)1 444 2464
Located on a relatively quiet street, further sequestered from foot traffic even, Imago Dei is another good example of a haven in Kathmandu. Whether walking or driving, the restaurant is accessible, though parking may become difficult on Friday evenings (Nepalis have Saturday off); street parking is available, though not for the faint of heart.
Walk into the courtyard past the framing shop and the Duty-free shop (Diplomats only, sorry, public at large) and past the first art gallery to find Imago Dei (While Imago also serves as an art gallery itself, this review does not cover art appreciation). Sit outside in nice weather, or inside the spacious dining area at a quaint wooden table with cushioned seats, or even at the low-slung italian-inspired leather couches.
Imago Dei’s menu runs the gamut, hitting high points from many of the cultures that represent Kathmandu’s expat community, including offerings from Thai, Nepali, Chinese, Italian, American, and Indian cultures. While some restaurants inspire fear at such a schizophrenic approach, Imago Dei manages to project confidence, coming off as a State-side urban success, due in no small part to the vision of the owner I’m sure.
Though the main entrées may be tempting, don’t overlook the “snacks”, which could themselves serve as a small meal to most. Instead, order an appetizer to share with a friend, perhaps even split a salad. The Chinese Chicken Chili “snack” or appetizer was amazingly spicy with a chili paste, and not too sweet. The included sautéed green peppers and onions added a mellow depth to it. The roast pumpkin and bacon salad was excellently dressed, not overpowering the fresh spinach leaves, and complimenting the new chevre (less than 7 days old to be certain). Salads come with two slices of quick bread (banana, pumpkin or zucchini ). If you plan on staying in Kathmandu for a few weeks, Imago Dei may warrant a second visit, if only for the cheesecake and coffee.
Roast Pumpkin and Bacon Salad at Imago Dei
Of note! Imago Dei has western toilets (!), decent parking, and occasionally beer offerings beyond the Carlsberg, Tuborg, San Miguel, Everest, Lowenbrau-strewn landscape.
Wifi (Open) is available.
Most importantly, though not pictured here, Imago Dei has the best cheesecake in town, hands down. Do not go without preparing to have a slice.
Overall, Imago Dei has an excellent atmosphere, good location, and amazing food at decent prices. I would not hesitate to go again. Second favorite restaurant in Kathmandu thus far. (Bhumi only beats it for the sheer simplicity and price of the food and variety of tapas-style offerings; altogether a different class of restaurant)
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