Nepali Times
The Heritage Kitchen and Bar


Housed in a refurbished old Newari building called Deva's Arcade, the Heriatge Kitchen and Bar is decorated in carved wooden pillars, red and black draperies and glossy brasswork. In the storeys above and below, there is an art gallery, a traditional craft store, and a newly opened pashmina shop, all of which offer a visual treat even before one enters the restaurant.

However, the two-year-old Heritage owes its popularity through word of mouth by satisfied consumers, and not the mock-cultural milieu. These days, it boasts a new menu that the owners hope will draw not only tourists and trekkers but also locals back to Thamel.


While the faÁade suggests that the menu would be swamped by Nepali and Newari delicacies, this was thankfully not the case. The emphasis, surprisingly, was on Thai cuisine. The Thai beef salad (Rs 350) comes with marinated and char-grilled rump steak cut into slices into which are tossed cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, mint and coriander, and mixed in a sweet and spicy sauce. The ground and roasted crispy rice on top adds an interesting texture to the dish.

Phokso (Rs150) or fried lungs in Nepali style was the other surprisingly good appetiser we sampled. Fried pieces of goat lungs slathered with tomatoes and chilies were a pleasant change from the regular versions we had elsewhere.
Since we were told Thai food was the chef's specialty, we ordered the Khao Pad Kapro Kai (Rs 325): minced chicken cooked with black mushrooms, served with plain rice and topped with a fried egg. The dish didn't quite pack the punch that is typical of Thai dishes but still stimulated our taste buds.

The Kang Phed Kai Nua (Rs 400) remained true to its Siamese roots, zinging about our palate with its vibrant flavours. This spicy curry cooked with coconut milk is seasoned with fish sauce, lemongrass and galangal, and goes great with plain steamed rice.

In addition to its quick friendly service, The Heritage boasts an open terrace and food that is indicative of other Thamel restaurants of a similar standard, all of which guarantee that I will return to The Heritage once again. You will too.

How to get there: get to Narsingh Chok (it's the second crossroad) in Thamel, and turn left, after about 100 metres, look up to your left and you'll see the signboard. For Thamel regulars, the entrance to The Heritage is right next to Sandwich Point.

1. Raj
Maybe it has been a while since I last visited Nepal but beef salad served in an "everyday" restaurant in Nepal?

I know that one can get beef entrees at the restaurants of top hotels of Nepal but this is the first time that I heard a restaurant selling it openly.

Being a Hindu and living in the US, I have stayed from the consumption of beef in the US for the last 10 years. PERSONALLY, in MY opinion, Hindus should not consume what they worship in Tihar!

2. Danny Birch
Re: Raj, You are absolutely correct. 

3. Raj - Canada

Raj ......It's good that you made a personal choice of not eating beef in the the US of A.

However, Nepal is a secular country & eating different cuts/choices of meat is not banned in Nepal....the last time I checked. Besides serving beef in a Star hotel rest. is not any different than in an everday rest. No distinction at far as the law goes.

I believe that it's not right that anyone imposes their will on what other's should eat i.e. beef and/or anything at all; based on one's PERSONAL prejudice, choice & religious belief.

By the same token, beef-eaters should not shove their right of choice to eat beef down non-beef eater's throats.  I have seen this on Nepalitimes before...where the non-bahuns (or beef-eaters), who are generally bashing the bahuns... have often even equated this argument to oppression, (which I think is hogwash).

The point is ....things have changed in Nepal i.e. constitution, demographics, lifestyles etc. & that nothing is black & white anymore.

So, everyone should be a little more respectful of each other's choices.




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