Location: Maharajgunj, back of Saleways parking lot Establishment: Market & Café Cost: groceries 30 nrs – 2500 nrs for decent wine Near by walking: Saleways, Kathmandu Grilled Chicken, Japanese Market, Café BeBe, 76 Miles Bar/Café, New Bhatbhateni Super Market Info: After a three-month closure (April-June 2012) and relocation to the Saleways parking lot, N&H has taken over the old Cafereena dining area as well as erecting a cozy well-lit and air-conditioned dining cottage . Sidle up and get a sandwich or hot plate. WiFi available, ask for the key. Niraj’s Uncle owns the place; Niraj went to University in Denver…
The Cheddar Melt Burger
Location: Nayabazar (the road between Kantipath/Lazimpat and Ring Road on the west side) Establishment: Metal working shop Cost: 18,000 rps for a Steel roof rack for a Maruti, 6,000 for iron or aluminum Near by walking: tons of “get ‘er done” shops Info: (01)-4383516 Prakash Lama: 9841541871 “We Deal In: Roof Rack, Bumper Guard, Seat Modification, Solar Water Heater, Other Vehicle Related Work, Stainless Steel, Aluminum and All Metal Works.” Located about three quarters of the way from Lainchur and Ring Road, Buddha Metal Centre is an unassuming, if not incredibly dirty and dingy shop with a bit of a front lot to it. Metal roof racks lean out front, catching the eye of this reviewer, who was in sore need of one for his micro-safari Maruti Gypsy lately.
Though the shop is not as clean as the dirtiest of back rooms in a warehouse, it is a trustworthy place. The owner and operator, Prakash Lama, is fluent enough in English that not even rudimentary Nepali is required for negotiation. Prakash’s workers have enough experience under their belts to construct roof racks for most vehicles (they didn’t even need to measure the Maruti, just knew it). They even went to the trouble to lay rubber (pieces of inner tube?) between the rack’s contact patches and the roof of the vehicle. The only room for improvement is the install process and water-proofing. The “installation” took place in a lot a few minutes away and included fabrication of the contact patches and posts, over a three hour period one day, the time primarily owing to the petrol shortage and the fact that the yard is using the alternator from a large diesel engine to generate their electricity. My advice: send the driver or take a good book. And prepare to apply water-proofing adhesive or other during the install process or soon after to insure 100% water proofing. For long term uses, prepare to get the machine screw measurements and replace the screws with galvanized ones after install; they just have steel screws as of this writing.
Location: Inside Shivapuri forest, past military checkpoint, just before 30 min of heaven singletrack
Establishment: Nepali, Asian restaurant
Cost: 100 – 500 rps for a meal
Near by walking: Shivapuri National Forest
Only convenient to those already past the military gate and checkpoint, The Green Valley Getaway is a recent (mid 2012) addition to a small but growing village near the “30 minutes of heaven” singletrack through Shivapuri.
Constructed almost entirely of bamboo and hard wood, and therefore giving off the appearance that the Professor, Ginger, or Mr. and Mrs. Howell might pop in, the “Getaway” has an amazing view of the southern valley, and three levels from which to view it, including “Bagmir’s Attic” or a similar sounding name.
The menu might as well be photocopied from the hundreds of whole-in-the wall establishments around town, but the food is decent enough. The chownmein is delectable!
Posted from Tokha Chandeshwori, Central Region, Nepal.
Location: near City Center, 9th floor of a white building with shiny blue glass
Establishment: Burger A La Midwest
Cost: 500-1000rps for a good meal
Near by walking: City Center Mall, Kumari Theatre
Having been to this establishment several times now, I can say that Brian puts as much attention and devotion into his restaurant experience, as he does his farmer’s market products. Located on the 9th floor of this relatively new (as of this writing) building in Kathmandu, Brian’s Grill House isn’t exactly pulling in wandering tourists, but then that doesn’t really seem to be his plan.
Brian has put together the beginnings of a top-notch, western-styled restaurant, and has put as much thought into the contents of his menu as into the design of the menu itself.
Brian’s primary offerings are his 20 burger creations (really, that means you’ll get 20 visits before HAVING to repeat) and that’s assuming he doesn’t change the menu for a while. Brian makes all his ingredients; the mustard, the ketchup, the buns, everything.
This reviewer prefers the chipotle burger at present, and cajun fries, and enjoys getting to wash it all down with an ABC Stout.
Of note, western style toilets, parking is manageable at best, no wifi. A view to beat all, being on the 9th floor. The bar is open to the outside, so you’ll get a picture window view of the Himalayas, assuming you’re sitting inside; the terrace is open for seating, giving you a birds eye view of the city. This is a great location to grab a meal before or after a movie at Kumari.
Posted from Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal.
Location: Thamel, between the back side of Mandala Street and Seven Corners
Establishment: Your average Nepali, Asian Restaurant
Cost: 200 – 500 rps for a meal
Near by walking: Thamel
Nearly not worth mentioning, this run-of-the-mill establishment will not fail to feed you. The Satay was nice, but stay too long and you may forget in what restaurant you are in the first place.
Posted from Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal.