When eating out with children the best place to go to are food courts- there is something there to suit everyone’s palate and you avoid whines of favouritism and sulky faces. Happy moms make for happy kids! The food court at the City Centre Mall in Kamal Pokhari houses outlets that sell food from across the world-chow mein to burgers, pastas and pizzas and sizzles and ice cream and also food that grown ups will be happy with. The variety on offer is impressive but whether the same can be said about the food is debatable.
My son’s perennial favorite Haawaiian Pizza was the first to arrive at the table- lacking any visible sight of pineapple or ham. It came dotted instead with lurid red bits of chicken and mushroom. On asking why, I was instead questioned whether I had actually expected pineapple on my pizza! My answer in the affirmative led to a hurried murmured conversation in the kitchen with the server returning shamefacedly to inform me that they’d run out of both ham and pineapple and that the chef hadn’t thought anybody would notice the switch. There was nothing more to be done than eat what we’d been served- pizza a la Nepali style: ketchup tomato paste, liberal Kanchan cheese and the overwhelming taste of cumin flavoring it all.
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The Indian food fared much better- warm roomali rotis with murgh korma. The chicken curry dish was luscious, rich and thick and the servings of chicken generous. The tandoor murgh is a basic tandoor grilled chicken replete with a multitude of spices- marinated for many hours and slow cooked so each bite is satisfying and delicious.
Accompanied by a praiseworthy mint chutney, onions, chillies and sliced lemon, this is a meal that is aromatic and odorous.
We ended the meal with blue berry cheese cake- its smooth uncomplicated taste was just what was needed after the heavy Indian spices. The prices at the food court vary according to the day you’re eating (weekdays vs weekends) and also the daily offers but a meal like the one above, tax and all costs about Rs 1800. Not bad at all for a sumptuous meal that left all eaters of varying ages pretty satisfied- the lack of pineapples notwithstanding.
How to get there: The Food Court is on the sixth floor of the City Centre Mall in Kamalpokhari.