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Taxing Service

It was, you could say, a Valentine’s Day Massacre. Perhaps all the waiters in Kathmandu were distracted, lovelorn, unable to keep their minds on the job. If you were out there staring gloopily into some significant other’s eyes, you were unlikely to have been much bothered either. For those of us who were most certainly […]

Hungry Eye – Jardin, Jhamel

Off Jhamel’s ‘restaurant lane’, Jardin is one of a flotilla of upmarket eateries that have mushroomed this side of the river in the last year. One could easily conclude that Jhamel is saturated with expensive restaurants offering generalised menus of oriental and continental fare, something in vaguely interesting combinations, with an insurance snack menu of […]

Hungry Eye – Kaiser Cafe, Thamel

It was Friday night, but early as we were, we had Dwarika’s Kaiser Café Restaurant & Bar almost wholly to ourselves. All the better to admire the simple, tastefully done two-storey building comprising outdoor and indoor seating. We were quickly ushered inside, installed next to a gas heater, furnished with menus, and left to admire […]

Kicking Kirtipur

It would appear that Kirtipur, the small town south-west of Kathmandu, has finally hit the big time. First it was the success of the community-run Newa Lahana that drew youth on motorbikes; then a series of festivals staged in the surrounds of the restaurant; and now it’s the five-day Kirtipur Mahotsav, the 2011 edition of […]

Thirsty gullet – Kilroy’s of Kathmandu, Thamel

The only thing I’d ever noted about Kilroy’s of Kathmandu was the large, slightly ridiculous advertising board on the left as you enter Thamel, which features an impressively bewhiskered old man raising a toast while declaiming the ‘SEXquisite’ food. These days I don’t even notice it, preoccupied as I am dodging the sarangi sellers, the […]

Hungry Eye – Casa de Cass, Pulchowk

A good martini, it seems, makes an impression. Even better if a curl of citrus is suspended in the clear waters, tantalisingly calling to you. To resist is merely to desist, and what could be the point of that in the smaller scheme of things? Casa de Cass is a fine spot for lunch, as […]

Mismas Moksh

Finally, a bar that lives up to its name. Moksh has always been a notch or two clear of what tired Thamel has to offer, and has long been a favourite of the Patan crowd. Nepalis and expats congregate gregariously on busy Tuesdays and weekends as well as on the quieter, smokier nights, in the […]