Location: near City Center, 9th floor of a white building with shiny blue glass
Establishment: Burger A La Midwest
Cost: 500-1000rps for a good meal
Near by walking: City Center Mall, Kumari Theatre
Having been to this establishment several times now, I can say that Brian puts as much attention and devotion into his restaurant experience, as he does his farmer’s market products. Located on the 9th floor of this relatively new (as of this writing) building in Kathmandu, Brian’s Grill House isn’t exactly pulling in wandering tourists, but then that doesn’t really seem to be his plan.
Brian has put together the beginnings of a top-notch, western-styled restaurant, and has put as much thought into the contents of his menu as into the design of the menu itself.
Brian’s primary offerings are his 20 burger creations (really, that means you’ll get 20 visits before HAVING to repeat) and that’s assuming he doesn’t change the menu for a while. Brian makes all his ingredients; the mustard, the ketchup, the buns, everything.
This reviewer prefers the chipotle burger at present, and cajun fries, and enjoys getting to wash it all down with an ABC Stout.
Of note, western style toilets, parking is manageable at best, no wifi. A view to beat all, being on the 9th floor. The bar is open to the outside, so you’ll get a picture window view of the Himalayas, assuming you’re sitting inside; the terrace is open for seating, giving you a birds eye view of the city. This is a great location to grab a meal before or after a movie at Kumari.
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Location: Thamel, between the back side of Mandala Street and Seven Corners
Establishment: Your average Nepali, Asian Restaurant
Cost: 200 – 500 rps for a meal
Near by walking: Thamel
Nearly not worth mentioning, this run-of-the-mill establishment will not fail to feed you. The Satay was nice, but stay too long and you may forget in what restaurant you are in the first place.
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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
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.
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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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
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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Establishment: Nepali, Southeast Asian Restaurant
Cost: 100-500 Nrs for a meal, snack
Near by walking: mahaguthi, raddisson, shops on Lazimpat
Ph: +977 01 4428576
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.
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.
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.
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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