Location: Maharajgunj, back of Saleways parking lot Establishment: Market & Café Cost: groceries 30 nrs – 2500 nrs for decent wine Near by walking: Saleways, Kathmandu Grilled Chicken, Japanese Market, Café BeBe, 76 Miles Bar/Café, New Bhatbhateni Super Market Info: After a three-month closure (April-June 2012) and relocation to the Saleways parking lot, N&H has taken over the old Cafereena dining area as well as erecting a cozy well-lit and air-conditioned dining cottage . Sidle up and get a sandwich or hot plate. WiFi available, ask for the key. Niraj’s Uncle owns the place; Niraj went to University in Denver…
The Cheddar Melt Burger
Location: Nayabazar (the road between Kantipath/Lazimpat and Ring Road on the west side) Establishment: Metal working shop Cost: 18,000 rps for a Steel roof rack for a Maruti, 6,000 for iron or aluminum Near by walking: tons of “get ‘er done” shops Info: (01)-4383516 Prakash Lama: 9841541871 “We Deal In: Roof Rack, Bumper Guard, Seat Modification, Solar Water Heater, Other Vehicle Related Work, Stainless Steel, Aluminum and All Metal Works.” Located about three quarters of the way from Lainchur and Ring Road, Buddha Metal Centre is an unassuming, if not incredibly dirty and dingy shop with a bit of a front lot to it. Metal roof racks lean out front, catching the eye of this reviewer, who was in sore need of one for his micro-safari Maruti Gypsy lately.
Though the shop is not as clean as the dirtiest of back rooms in a warehouse, it is a trustworthy place. The owner and operator, Prakash Lama, is fluent enough in English that not even rudimentary Nepali is required for negotiation. Prakash’s workers have enough experience under their belts to construct roof racks for most vehicles (they didn’t even need to measure the Maruti, just knew it). They even went to the trouble to lay rubber (pieces of inner tube?) between the rack’s contact patches and the roof of the vehicle. The only room for improvement is the install process and water-proofing. The “installation” took place in a lot a few minutes away and included fabrication of the contact patches and posts, over a three hour period one day, the time primarily owing to the petrol shortage and the fact that the yard is using the alternator from a large diesel engine to generate their electricity. My advice: send the driver or take a good book. And prepare to apply water-proofing adhesive or other during the install process or soon after to insure 100% water proofing. For long term uses, prepare to get the machine screw measurements and replace the screws with galvanized ones after install; they just have steel screws as of this writing.
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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Establishment: Nepali, Asian Restaurant
Cost: 200 – 600 rps for a meal
Near by walking: Tushita, Strawberry Restaurant, Mahaguthi, Radisson, Yak & Yeti Exports
The only thing worth going to this place for is the Starbuck’s coffee. Avoid the chinese food, everything seems to be flavored with the same lemon pepper…
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