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Dechenling Beer Garden & Restaurant

Dechenling Beer Garden & Restaurant

20110924-085530.jpgLocation: Thamel, take the back alley road (many motorcycles parked there) right beside Himalayan Java/Cafe Oohlala. Look for the small wooden placard hanging, about 200 yards back.
Establishment: Tibetan and Bhutanese restaurant, also Indian/Nepali
Cost: 400-600 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Himalayan Java, North Face, Cafe Ooh La La
Info: 8am-10:30pm, 8am-10:00pm Fridays
Breakfast is available, aloo Dom, omelette, bread.
Tel: 4412158, 4416387

Though just a bit off the beaten path at the entrance to Thamel, Dechenling Beer Garden & Restaurant will get my business again. The understated entrance hides a beautiful garden dining area, and the grounds also include a building in the rear which should provide warmth and shelter in inclement weather. Rattan furniture and glass-topped tables provide the diner with a relaxed experience, umbrellas shade from sun and light rain. Dechenling puts enough into appearances that they have beautiful menus just like Chez Caroline. Their prices are just a tad higher than the average Nepali Bhancha Ghar, but worth it.20110924-085609.jpg
Finally, the food! Dechenling has not only Bhutanese and Tibetan food, but also offers some Indian and Nepali staples. Of course we tried the chili peppers in cheese sauce, a dish indigenous to Bhutan. Working with what they have access to, they did a great job, though I’m used to larger chilis and less cheese sauce. It was sufficiently spicy to make me think of Bhutan. The Tibetan chicken and glass noodle dish was perhaps classically Tibetan, lacking sufficient spice to make an impression, but sufficiently savory to be tasty.20110924-085601.jpg
The Tibetan bread, sliced into small triangles to make it a great dipper, was great. As far as the latter of the two styles of cuisine, this beats out Hotel Tibet near the Radisson, but doesn’t compare to Norling Gazal at the south end of Durbar Marg.
Of note: there is a small climbing wall and slide for toddlers and children. So out of place, but I think family dining there could be nice with this addition.20110924-085617.jpg


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Norling (Sangeet Restaurant with) Gazal

Norling (Sangeet Restaurant with) Gazal

Sha Balek at Norling Gazal

Sha Balek at Norling Gazal


Location: Durbar Marg
Establishment: Tibetan Restaurant
Cost: 1000 – 2000 Nrs for dinner
Near by walking: Durbar Marg
Info:

T I- MOMO at Norling Gazal

T I- MOMO at Norling Gazal


Situated on the south end of Durbar Marg, in the Woodlands Hotel alcove (on the west side of the circle), Norling Gazal is a genuine Tibetan restaurant with live music. The atmosphere is right out of Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, and one would expect to see Indy trading antiquities at a nearby table with Willie Scott opening for the evening. Tibetan food is less spicy in nature than many other cultures’ fare, but no less flavorful. Below is a selection of items on the menu.

T I- MOMO(rolled bread)
This puffy bread is derived from the same dough in which Momos are wrapped, so you can expect the same flavor. A cross between a steam roll and puffy pretzel, the bread is soft and tasty.

Balek(Tibetan Bread) at Norling Gazal

Balek(Tibetan Bread) at Norling Gazal


Sha Balek (stuffed meat fried bread)
This appetizer can nearly serve as a meal for adults, and most certainly for children. A large pocket of fried bread houses the minced meat mixture, and may be the most delicious thing ever.

Balek(Tibetan Bread)
Imagine five or six naans layered together, having been cooked in a cast iron frying pan like a good cornbread. Balek is slightly firmer than TI Momo, and has that great browned bread texture from being cooked in cast iron (or maybe stone).

Shogo Phingsha(Potato mixed with noodles and sliced meat)
This savory and flavorful dish comes in a small crock and inspires one to both sip the broth and dip the balek in it.

Momo(chicken and buff)
Spicier, ironically, than other momos in town, these were just as delicious.

Sha Tema Jintse (Celery with mixed peas and meat)
This dish is just as it sounds, though the cooking method marries the salty flavorings into all the ingredients excellently.

Of note: There is a kids ball pit with a layer of balls on the bottom. While not enough for throwing a child in literally, it should provide enough entertainment for at least pre-dinner time. Parking is available, but weekends can be tight.


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Hotel Tibet

Hotel Tibet

Chicken Butter Curry and Veggie Fritters at Hotel Tibet

Chicken Butter Curry and Veggie Fritters at Hotel Tibet

Location: Lazimpat
Establishment: Hotel and Restaurant
Cost: 200-700 nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat
Info:

Hidden on a back street across the way from the Radisson Hotel, Hotel Tibet doesn’t know whether to be claimed by Lazimpat or declare itself independent. Like many other places, once you’re through the little lobby area and go out back (try and seat yourself out there), you may easily forget you’re in downtown Kathmandu. There is an amazingly large relief mural behind the dining area. Comfortable, relaxed seating and iron and wood tables make for a very easy going meal. The curry is decent and the vegetarian momos are good. The veggie fritters are also very good.

Momos and more at Hotel Tibet

Momos and more at Hotel Tibet




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