The sheer number of restaurants and eateries that have emerged in Kathmandu in recent years point at the steady development of a ‘restaurant culture’ here. Cafes, in particular, seem to be mushrooming (one can be found in virtually every corner of the Capital), and the options available to Kathmanduites who’d like to eat out are seemingly endless. These little hubs around town offer one a place to sit back, enjoy the company of friends over steaming cups of coffee and gourmet finger food and light nibbles—without the fuss and formality of a big meal. The Post lists some of its favourite eateries in the city.
Magic Beans, Durbar Marg
No matter if you prefer your daily dose of caffeine served with some frills or straight up, at Magic Beans, it will be made to your liking. The coffee house serves the best caffeinated beverages in Kathmandu, crafted by a skilled team of employees—all captained by coffee master Bijay Gubhaju. All the beverages here are prepared with strict adherence to original recipes, and there’s something for you whether you’re a novice drinker or a coffee purist. For the former, there’s the Caramel Macchiato, whose strong undertones of vanilla and sweet caramel don’t overwhelm the inexperienced palate but, at the same time, don’t overpower the taste of the coffee. Serious coffee drinkers, on the other hand, should try the French Pressed Organic Coffee, made of beans grown, roasted, and brewed in Nepal. Although light meals and pastries (brought in fresh from Himalayan Java) are also served here, Magic Beans is best visited for perfectly prepared coffee.
Casa De Cass Gourmet Café, Pulchowk
The cosy and cushioned interiors of Casa De Cass Gourmet Café never fail to create the perfect ambience for an enjoyable meal out. The restaurant’s Norwegian Salmon Steak which is grilled to perfection and served with a tangy tomato sauce, sautéed potatoes and seasonal vegetables is simply divine, so is the Skewered Tenderloin—skewered prime-cut beef, grilled and served with unique spicy peppercorn sauce. The house specials: Yoghurt-Cinnamon Cake and Molten Chocolate Cake make for just the perfect desserts. If you find yourself in the mood for a cocktail, you should try the Blue Ocean—a Vodka-based drink (in local or foreign liquor) with Blue Curacao, Lime and Pineapple juice. While the restaurant is certainly expensive, the food and quality of service here are certain worth every penny you pay.
Cuppas’ definitely lives up to its name as a place for go for a cuppa’. The options for beverages are plenty here: teas, milk shakes, mocktails, lemon specials, chilled blends, and of course a list of coffees; it’s a place where one drink will probably lead to another. The Mocha here is arguably the best in the Valley; the chocolate syrup isn’t just drizzled on top to make a pretty web, it is actually blended into the beverage making it the perfect coffee and chocolate combo (just as it’s supposed to be). Another coffee concoction that Cuppas’ gets just right is definitely the Affogato. The café also offers a range of sandwiches and snacks. Whether you opt for the Ham Sandwich or Salami Sandwich, a stuffed sub will arrive that makes for a heavy snack or a light lunch.
Manny’s Eatery and Tapas Bar, Jawalakhel
Manny’s Eatery and Tapas Bar is one of those places that is bound to set your mood right whether you’re looking for a light brunch or midday meal out with friends. The Corn Fritter served here combines the sweetness of fresh corn with the zing of coriander, balanced perfectly by the Basil Mayonnaise dip. Other palette pleasers include the Tomato Cheese and Basil Panini—a pressed, toasted Italian sandwich, stuffed with rich locally-produced Cabrales cheese, fresh tomatoes and black olives; the Roasted Vegetable Soup—a creamy blend of perfectly balanced sweet and sour flavours; and the Chef’s Special Cobb Salad—a delicious combination of different textures comprising of rich Cabrales cheese and bacon, tossed together with lettuce, tomatoes, diced chicken and boiled eggs.
Posted on: 2012-11-30 09:22