Restaurants in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is chaotic and overcrowded, but within its confusing bounds there are many great restaurants. For tourists by far the most popular restaurant district is Thamel, where travellers can find a wide variety of international cuisines and restaurants to suit all budgets. The local cuisine is invariably the best option, and Nepalese food tends to be popular with foreigners. The most popular traditional food is momo, a kind of dumpling which can be stuffed with various fillings or accompany all sorts of meals. Of course, curry is also a great specialty and comes in various forms. Chiya, a milky, spicy tea similar to Indian chai, is a wonderful traditional drink.
Foreigners should note that the Nepalese only bring food to their mouths with their right hands and traditionally the left hand should not touch food. Also, finding particular restaurants by address in Kathmandu can be very difficult as street names and numbers are unreliable or non-existent. Hotels offer directions and sometimes guides, and friendly locals will also help locate eateries. Restaurants that have business cards will usually include small maps on the back and it is worth keeping these if you want to find the place again.
Himalayan Java is a coffee shop and restaurant in Kathmandu offering a fine selection of Nepali coffee blends. Try the subtle Mountain Supreme, the darker House Blend or perhaps Long Black, the darkest roast that is used for espressos. The restaurant serves fantastic wood-fired pizza and the venue has a lovely garden terrace and lounge area to enjoy.
Address: Tridevi Marg
Telephone: +977 1 442 2519
Krishnarpan restaurant exudes a rich and historic atmosphere, featuring lattice wood tables, antique dinnerware and ethnically dressed staff. Classic Nepalese cuisine is served at this venue, combining fresh meats and vegetables with exotic spices and oils to create a delicious blend of flavours.
Address: Dwarika's Hotel. Battisputali
Telephone: +977 1 447 9488
Guests are invited to enjoy fine Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine at the Olive Garden, set in the modern and elegant Radisson Hotel. The hotel is also home to the Fun Café and the Splash Bar and Grill. The Olive Garden restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended.
Address: Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat
Telephone: +977 1 441 1818
Located in a classical old building in the heart of Kathmandu, Bhojan Griha offers diners a real taste of Nepal. The traditional food is served in an exquisite setting while traditional music and dance performances are laid on for the benefit of the guests. Be sure to try the momos (dumplings) and the masu (stewed meat) dishes, the achar (spicy and sour pickle) is a great with any of the choices off the menu.
Address: Dillibazar, Kathmandu
Telephone: +997 1 441 6423
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