10-16 July 2015 #766

Revolution Café

A place to visit for its mango infused dishes and to eat in quietude
Someplace Else by Karma Gurung

Finding a quiet place to dine on the busy streets of Thamel can be quite a challenge. But once in a while you stumble across cafés that lets you forget your location. Revolution Café is one such place.

The café is spacious with both indoor and outdoor seating. Its garden is pleasant and despite the rains makes for the more preferable of the two seating options.

Judging by the presence of diners during the day of our visit, Revolution café it seems has been successful in attracting both local and international customers.

The menu is a mix-mash of popular Nepali favourites with starters like chips chilly, chicken chilly, mushroom chilly. You get the idea, right? The chef has also introduced a special menu featuring mango-inspired dishes. Revolution also serves stick food items like fried potatoes, sausages and grilled chicken. So if you ever wanted to try street food but worried about the stall’s hygiene, you know now where to come.

Because my partner and I wanted to have a healthy full-course meal we decided to forego the aforementioned items. To start with I had a small Green Garden Salad (Rs 270) while my partner decided on the Green Spinach Soup (Rs 200).

Photos: Karma Dolma Gurung

The salad was neither fresh nor tasty. The greens were soggy before I’d even put the dressing on them. But my partner had better luck. The soup had a beautiful consistency, and tasted absolutely delicious. I even liked the brown garlic bread served on the side.

For our mains we chose the Cajun Grilled Chicken with mashed potatoes, grilled veggies and mango salsa (Rs 490). The serving was huge and enough for two to share. The dish was well presented to match the rustic nature of Cajun cuisine. The chicken was perfectly grilled and had a nice spiciness to it. The hotness of the tangy sauce was offset by the sweetness of the potato and mango salsa. A big thumbs up.

We decided to end our meal with a plate of Nutella Crepes with Vanilla Ice cream (Rs 270). While the crepe had a generous amount of Nutella spread over, it lacked the lightness that sets apart crepes from pancakes. Nonetheless, the presentation of the dish and copious amounts of ice cream and Nutella made up for the not-so-perfect pan-crepe.

For the spiritual souls, the café offers a unique breakfast experience every morning from 8.30AM to 9.30AM where a healthy breakfast is accompanied by a session of yoga.

Like many other cafes in Thamel, Revolution has also caught the live music bug with different bands playing on Friday nights.

While the dishes were a hit and a miss, I know I will be visiting Revolution Café again to try more of its mango infused dishes and to eat in quietude.

How to get there: Revolution Café is located in Bhagwan Bahal, Amrit Marg, Thamel.

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