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Le Sherpa

Le Sherpa

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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
Info:
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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.
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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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Makos

Makos

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Location: Dwarika’s Hotel
Establishment: Japanese Restaurant
Cost: 1500 – 2000 Nrs for a decent meal and drink
Near by walking: Krishnapan (Dwarika’s), etc
Info:
Dwarika’s Hotel, it’s Krishnapan (traditional Newari), and it’s western-style continental restaurant are already highly successful and offer an amazing array of foods, so it’s hard to think why the establishment chose to open a Japanese restaurant, except so as to capture all possible traffic from its guests and well-to-do Kathmandu patrons.
Indeed, Makos (makes me think of shark fin soup, neh?) seems poised to snare the attention of any Japanese food connoisseur, offering standard fare with flair.
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I ate a set course meal, so did not get to peruse the choices; from what I had, it seems the usual sushi/sashimi make an appearance along with Miso soup, tempura of various kinds, and stir fries as well.
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Even a tempura fried ice cream is available, making me reminisce to an American, Mexican chain of old.
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Makos isn’t as inexpensive as some other Japanese restaurants in town, but it certainly is one of the classier ones.
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No free wifi per-se, and parking is limited to what you can get at Dwarika’s, but sophistication and style, and sheer convenience if you’re already staying there, are worth something.

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Astrek Climbing Wall & Clubhouse

Astrek Climbing Wall & Clubhouse

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Location: Thamel,
Establishment: Climbing wall and restaurant
Cost: 450 Nrs to climb, similar for food
Near by walking: Thamel chowk, most of Thamel, Fire & Ice
Info:

Tucked in to an alleyway in Thamel, behind a large gate, is the tallest climbing wall in Kathmandu. The Dai behind the counter will set you up with a harness and shoes if necessary, and one of their guys will belay for you.20120315-115754.jpg
The wall has a cafe of sorts, and though the whole place has the feel of an American bowling alley, it’s actually pretty decent.
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Himalayan Single Track

Himalayan Single Track

Jenny, the proprietor, peeks around the corner

Location: Sathgumti (7 Corner), Thamel
Establishment: Bicycling Shop
Cost: depends!
Near by walking: Electric Pagoda, Thamel
Info:
mob: +977-9803343098
Office: +977-1-4700909
email: info@himalayansingletrack.com
www.himalayansingletrack.com

If you’re hankering for a bike ride and need to rent or buy quality gear and perhaps do a guided ride, HST can help you. Situated a fair way down the seven corners road and down an alley, HST has a tiny little shop front suitable to hanging out with Jenny, the owner, while her mechanics work on your bike or while you’re waiting for your guided tour group to all show up. Jenny knows her stuff, as she’s out riding a lot of the time and uses quality equipment and decent staff.


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Yak & Yeti Enterprise Pvt. Ltd

Yak & Yeti Enterprise Pvt. Ltd

Location: Lazimpat
Establishment: Silk and Jewelry Manufacturer, Exporter
Cost: totally depends, less than other retailers b/c of export focus
Near by walking: Radisson Hotel, shops on Lazimpat
Info:
Te: +977-1-4428599, 4413552
email: yysilver@mos.com.np
www.yysilver.com

The Yak & Yeti Hotel is the oldest in Kathmandu; this is not that hotel. This place (will have photo of entrance soon, as this is HARD to find) is tucked into a parking lot off the road with the tiny police station on Lazimpat and is a silk and silver jewelry manufacturer and exporter. Since the showrooms are so tiny and out of the way, and the business is primarily into export, prices are more reasonable than similar goods sellers. This makes the Y&Y an ideal place to visit for tourists and gift-buyers alike.
Downstairs is the silk goods room, where shirts, shawls, and wool coats are available. Upstairs the jewelry shop has several glass counters of all types of jewelry on display.
The Y&Y is a must-visit for anyone seeking this stuff.


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