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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 – Black Pepper

For me, Jhamel arrived not when St. Mary’s Lane was overwhelmed by the attack of the restobar clones. It happened when trendy Black Pepper Cafe & Pub opened shop just around the corner from my phuphu’s dowdy residence, joining the lane hitherto dominated by local stalwarts Greenwich and Summit. It’s clear Black Pepper is serious […]

Hungry eye – Momotarou

If you know Jhamel, you’ll know Singma, the no-frills Singaporean-Malaysian eatery that’s now branched out into Bhatbhateni. And if you’ve exhausted that menu, head to its companion venue Momotarou, near Sanepa Chok. Itself a branch of an original in Thamel, Momotarou draws you with fairy lights past the chilly outdoor seating into a solidly residential […]

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 CafĂ© 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 […]

Hungry Eye – Ramalaya Tea Room, Panipokhari

If you’re beyond the wide-eyed excitement of seeing restaurants and cafes crop up in the Valley like no one’s business, and have realised with sad resignation that momos, chicken chilli and beer are the very usual suspects everywhere, then you’d better hie thee to Ramalaya in Panipokhari. Chef Mohit Rana awaits with delicacies you’d never […]