Category Archives: Thai

North field Forever Cafe

North field Forever Cafe

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
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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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Baan Thai

Baan Thai

20120126-131541.jpgLocation: Durbar Marg
Establishment: Thai Restaurant
Cost: 500 – 1000 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Durbar marg shops
Info:
Tel: 4231931
Email: baanthaiktm@gmail.com

Soaring above the other buildings on Durbar Marg, Baan Thai occupies the 4th(5th) floor and gives one quite the vantage point of the street as well as a view of the city and foothills surrounding the valley.
Baan Thai brazenly defies sinking to the lowest common denominator, keeping only Thai food on its menu, unlike the myriad of other restaurants that do Thai food.
The one (seeming) concession the proprietor makes to their host country’s cuisine is the momo, appropriately masked in Thai chili sauce, and absolutely delicious.
Weekday lunch is a quiet affair, and I’m happy to be paying a little more (300-500 Nrs for an appetizer or meal on average) to be out of the traffic, smog, generator milieu, and noise to which I’ve become accustomed. 20120126-124646.jpg
The Masaman curry is good, not as refined as some others(in Thailand), possibly the best in Kathmandu though. Not as salty as Krua Thai (thank goodness), though not as spicy as Him Thai(I probably should have specified). Very good considering with what the kitchen has to work.
Since this reviewer has a pronounced preference for Thai food, Baan Thai will see me again for some of their other dishes.
Of note: top floor makes access challenging for walkers, take the elevator (when available) at your own risk. No wifi to speak of. Western restrooms available. Parking available on the street just south, or in Hotel Anapurna.
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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
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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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Cafereena (Maharajgunj)

Cafereena (Maharajgunj)

20110924-094602.jpgLocation: Maharajgunj, Saleways parking lot
Establishment: multi-cuisine cafe
Cost: 200 – 400 Nrs for a dish
Near by walking: Saleways, Kathmandu Grilled Chicken, Bawarchi (uptown)
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Situated in the back of Saleways parking lot, the Maharajgunj Cafereena location may be hard to spot. Better to be on the lookout for the bright green Saleways storefront and parking entrance just south and across the street from the U.S. Embassy.
Cafereena’s laminated, spiralbound menu is colorful and the selections span India, Thailand, the U.S. and Nepal, though the photos, sparse layout and small text size make one wish for a course in graphic design. The span may be large, but the range of selections isn’t. Perhaps the owners were forced to pick the best of what’s offered from the Durbar Marg location and throw together a menu.
The momos (pictured) come in a steel-reinforced bamboo steamer on a bed of banana leaves, picturesque. They need it, not being as good as those from Bhumi.
Buried in small text in the Indian section are the Kathi rolls, probably the best thing on the menu. Adventurous? Try the pad thai. I’m sure it’s different than anything you’ve experienced.
Of note, ample parking room. No view whatsoever.

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Yin & Yang

Yin & Yang

Steamed Spring Rolls at Yin Yang

Steamed Spring Rolls at Yin Yang

Location: Thamel
Establishment: Thai Restaurant
Cost: 500 – 2000 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Delices de France, Aqua Java Zing, Roadhouse, etc
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Meandering down streets in Thamel, looking for a shop, one can feel like a shark in a school of fish, simply dazed from the Options and variety. It takes a city-goer, or one who has frequented Thamel often enough to spot any sign in this sea of advertising. Once you do find Yin & Yang, though, it’s surprising that you didn’t see it before.

Whole Fish Steamed with Lemon at Yin Yang

Whole Fish Steamed with Lemon at Yin Yang

Located in the heart of Thamel, Yin & Yang seems to be here to stay. Up the stairs and indoors is a dining room that is decorated eclectically at best; gregorian columns stretch up to wood beams that support a roof adorned with asian motifs. The window views are best, allowing one to glimpse western trekkers perusing the shops which all generally sell the same thing. The decor and views provide ample conversation-fodder while waiting for your food.

The lunch service was not hopping to deliver our food, but then it being Nepal, this is not surprising. Dinner is probably peppier. The food more than makes up for the time spent on it, however. The steamed spring rolls were excellent, and came with a soy-based dipping sauce. The fish came it a custom-shaped platter, still bubbling away above a charcoal cooker, and was perfectly spiced with shallots and lemon. The massaman curry chicken was cooked with fresh coconut milk and while it could have used a bit more spice in my opinion, was an excellent example of Thai food. This juxtaposed with the nearby Krua Thai’s similar attempts, brought to mind the latter’s over-salted dishes.

Massaman Chicken Curry at Yin Yang

Massaman Chicken Curry at Yin Yang



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