Category Archives: Korean

More Than Kimchi

More Than Kimchi

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Location: north of garden of dreams,
Establishment: Korean Restaurant
Cost: 300 – 1000 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: The Coffee, Deschenling
Info:
767 Keshar-mahal, Thamel
Tel: 0977-1-4410-114
Mobile: 9841-329282
Euegene-nepal@hanmail.net

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One NGO worker I’ve met termed this place “..the best Korean food I’ve found in Kathmandu.” and I think I’d have to agree. Far from the squeaking horns of the rickshaw drivers and tucked into a residential neighborhood, this asian haven has a staid and calming atmosphere that deserves pause. Devote an hour or more to lunch, possibly two or more for dinner to enjoy the food and hopefully company in one of MTK’s various dining areas. The menu is primarily in Korean, though a decent translation is provided for the rest of the world’s cultures.
The food is, in a word, authentic. There are no momos. There are no club sandwiches. There are adverts for Soju on the wall. The staff is Nepali, but the owner and her family are Korean, so sometimes a bit of finesse is required for the Dai taking your order. There is parking available somewhere on the road, though I’ve not used it.
If you need a good dose of Korean food, go to More Than Kimchi.

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Bamboo Garden Restaurant

Bamboo Garden Restaurant

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Location: J.P. Road, Thamel
Establishment: Chinese & Korean Restaurant
Cost: 300-500 Nrs for lunch
Near by walking: Gita Papercraft
Info:
Open: presumably only for lunch and dinner…
Tucked off to the end of an alley (but sign is visible from J.P. Road), Bamboo Garden Restaurant doesn’t look to be much, but serves some pretty decent Korean. It’s probably more like fast-food korean compared with some others, but at least the pot came out sizzling! Not too shabby for a relatively inexpensive place. Parking seems to be available for motorcycles, it’s in Thamel anyway, so don’t try and drive there! No wifi, didn’t try the restroom(s). Indoor/outdoor and floor seating available. I’d go for lunch, maybe not dinner.

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Café Hoshi

Café Hoshi

Iced Coffee at Café Hoshi

Iced Coffee at Café Hoshi

Location: Rhavi Bhavan
Establishment: Asian Restaurant
Cost: 300 – 500 Nrs for lunch, drink
Near by walking: ?
Info:

Tel: 01-6225894 (01 is added if dialing from mobile phone)
Jeetensuzu@yahoo.com.np
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: closed

If you happen to be kicking around Ravi Bhavan (southwest quarter) and have a hankering for some food, Café Hoshi might be up your alley. Off the beaten path (see map), Hoshi sports little in the way of parking, save the street and perhaps the nearby Lincoln School parking lot. The café’s little one room diner is pleasantly painted with warm tones and appointed with quaint tables and an AC unit. Customers order from the kitchen window after browsing over a bifold menu that has a multicultural specialty selection.
The menu covers Japanese, Korean and Chinese, while still offering western “hamburger” fair and Nepali “niceties.”

Bi Bim Bap at Café Hoshi

Bi Bim Bap at Café Hoshi


Café Hoshi can add itself to the proud list of places that does iced coffee “right;” using coffee ice cubes to keep the flavor of the coffee adds to the whole experience, rather than detracts, and you can also tell that at least the water has had something done to it (important here in Nepal). The size of the glass is “western” in my estimation, something around 14oz.

The bi-bim-bap was excellent, though the chili sauce was a bit thin (this reviewer is used to thicker, redder paste). It fairly disappeared within minutes, hampered by chopsticks though I was.

As a test of their local cuisine, I ordered the fried chicken momo’s. As at every place, they were slightly different, in this case offering a spicy kick. The conflicting Korean and Nepali flavoring helped me make the decision to have them packed to go, and finish them later with a cold beer, rather than stack them on to my already delicious lunch.

Fried Chicken Momos at Café Hoshi

Fried Chicken Momos at Café Hoshi


Of note, no restrooms visible here, perhaps in the back if one asks. Off the beaten path. No wifi. Excellent representational cuisine. A repeat whenever this reviewer is around!

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Hankook Sarang

Hankook Sarang

Bi Bim Bap at Hankook Sarang

Bi Bim Bap at Hankook Sarang

Location: Thamel
Establishment: Korean Restaurant
Cost: 300-600 nrs
Near by walking: everything in Thamel
Info: Tel:4256615
http://www.hankooksarang.com/

Han kook’s busiest nights are Friday and Saturday. Decent Korean, but rib dishes can be gristly. Good Soju, array of food. Right across from Tamas (a bar/club).

Kimbab at Hankook Sarang

Kimbab at Hankook Sarang



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Seoul Arirang

Seoul Arirang

Location: Naxal
Establishment: Korean Restaurant
Cost: 300-800 nrs
Near by walking: Mike’s Breakfast, Sherpa
Info: Phone: 4232105
Address: Naxal, Kathmandu

My favorite Korean food in KTM thus far!
The road it’s on looks devoid of stores, but it’s there. Look for the Korean flag, sign, and turn down the street. Then look for the yellow gate. Top BBQ for dinner (and maybe lunch?) available.


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