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Indreni Food Land

Indreni Food Land

Location: Chundevi, right off Ring Road on the inside
Establishment: Nepali restaurant
Cost: 500 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Bhatbhateni Super Market, Bar 76, Upstairs Cafe
Info: 4780121

Directly off Ring Road, in an otherwise uninteresting part of town, Indreni Food Land sprang up with all the optimism and naiveté of a Catholic school girl going off to college. This place has multiple levels; a first floor that appears to serve as a cafe/chill-out place for the young, a middle floor with a bar for the young at heart, and a rooftop seating area for those wishing to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.
The Foodland’s menu includes the regular set plates, or Thalis, in veg and non-veg, as well as foods from Chinese, Western Continental, and Indian cuisines.
Avoid the spring rolls, unless you have a hangover and need the grease. The Chicken Tikka Masala is excellent, and rivals Bhumi’s offering. The pakodas are good, though not as excellent as Or2K (though close). The momos are as good as most other places, perhaps a bit spicy to include the standard sauce on the side.
As large a place as this is, one must come back at other times than lunch to experience the cafe and bar aspects of Indreni. Since it pushes into a fresh part of town for such upscale affairs, it should see an immediate crowd, though business may be slow at times.
Of note: Indreni has ample parking, and seems to have western style toilets.

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The Zanzibar Restaurant

The Zanzibar Restaurant

20120103-134333.jpgLocation: Sherpa Mall, top floor on Durbar Marg
Establishment: Chinese Restaurant
Cost: 500-1500 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Durbar Marg
Info:

Open 12-10:30pm daily, The Zanzibar Restaurant, bills itself as a full-on Chinese Restaurant, something only a few places in town are willing to do. The Zanzibar Restaurant is located on the top floor of the Sherpa Mall (I’ll leave it to you to figure out if that’s the third or second, depending on your culture) on Durbar Marg.
The food seems authentic enough, enough that I still prefer American-style (sweeter) chinese food, but this was decent enough. Not compelling enough for a second visit…
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Of note, there is wifi available, and a western-style toilet on the floor upstairs. No parking per-se, unless you park across the way where everyone parks.

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Strawberry Restaurant & Bar (Pvt. & Ltd.)

Strawberry Restaurant & Bar (Pvt. & Ltd.)

Location: Lazimpat
Establishment: Nepali, Southeast Asian Restaurant
Cost: 100-500 Nrs for a meal, snack
Near by walking: mahaguthi, raddisson, shops on Lazimpat
Info:
Ph: +977 01 4428576
email: stronepal@gmail.com
Open 9:00am-10:30pm (probably not so prompt on Saturdays…)

*I went I to this place recently and the service was horrible. Beyond horrible. I’m leaving my initial review up, as with all places, your mileage may vary
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Having done your shopping on Lazimpat, whether or not you’re a tourist staying at a local hotel, or an expat tripping the light fantastic down this road, stop in to the Strawberry Restaurant for a light snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Duck in to the low doorway from the street, and after navigating a series of twists and stairs you’ll arrive at the second level (first floor to you Euros) where dining takes place in a small room near the street or up a couple steps to a more private room.
Yes, Strawberry has the winnowing tones of Hindi music on in the background, but unlike other restaurants in this part of town, the proprietor seems to have taken notice of his western clientele. The VERY clean glass tabletops show off various specialty menus beneath, whose well formed grammar proclaim the options (Traditional Nepali set Thalis are served 11:00am – 2pm and 6pm – 9pm), appetizers (niçoise salad anyone? Cedilla included!) and although the menu I was handed is nothing special to look at, the depth into which it delves is impressive.
The traditional Nepali food is there of course, and I might be tempted to try it after another time or two, but it seems one could find several hidden gems in this somewhat schizophrenic portfolio to keep oneself busy before falling back to a Dal bhat mainstay.
The rather banal sounding Mutton Katti Kebab Roll is actually excellent, the flavor of the marinated meat nestled in the crisp and chewy wrap more resembling fajitas with a bit of sugar, than the onion and spice of similarly named dishes I’ve had. That’s a keeper.
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The remainder of the menu can be a chore to work through; choose a cuisine and stick with it, Indian, Nepali, Chinese or Western Continental (it seems all tourists have options here).
The mixed fried rice I had as a mains was your typical egg, veg, chicken, mutton mixture, and satisfying. Fried rice is hard to screw up, and yet some places do, so it’s good to see that this establishment has good cooks.
With the alluring choices on the menu, the excellent and prompt service I received on this go around, Strawberry Restaurant will see my business again.
Of note: free wifi available, parking non-existent. They also have some “buy a drink, get a snack” specials.

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R.B. Cafe

R.B. Cafe

20111018-111934.jpgLocation: Kathmandu Business Park, Buddabari, Teku (off Tripeshuwar, west of World Trade Center)
Establishment: cafe
Cost: 80-200 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: auto repair shops, a kids bicycle shop
Info:

10:00am – 8:00pm (Saturday too?)
01-4104516

If you get marooned in this hell hole section of town (let’s say you’re getting new tires, hypothetically), this may be your best bet for not going crazy.
R.B. Cafe seems to be catering to the upper classest of folks working in this mostly blue collar neighborhood, and probably also some of the folks working in the adjacent business park.
The brick establishment with paving stone walkway is up and away from the road, enough to provide a break from the nearby bustle.
R.B. Cafe’s menu sports some real local flavor, offering both Newari and Nepali set plates for silly low prices, under 200 Nrs in all cases. Along with these platters, you can also get snacks and mains for 80 – 150 Nrs from local, Chinese, and Indian menus.
Of note: parking is available in the business park (which has an entrance on Tripeshuwar for those eastbound, and one up the street of the corner with the petrol shop for westbound drivers not wishing to cause a ruckus with a crazy u-turn around concrete barriers. )
Not bad for those in need. I wouldn’t take my parents here, but it serves.


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Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Location: restaurant row, Patan
Establishment: western continental restaurant
Cost: 400 – 600 Nrs for a dish
Near by walking: restaurant row
Info:

Chapter 9 has metropolitan aspirations with its decor and menu. In a setting best suited for young and successful (feeling) types, one can sit at a table or lounge in soft chairs, sipping a martini or other cocktail available from the drinks menu.
The mains could be larger, but the smaller portions don’t leave this reviewer un-sated. The atmosphere makes for good conversation, so the finger-food options are great for social dining. I’ll be back, and in greater numbers.


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