Establishment: Vietnamese Restaurant
Cost: 400 – 800 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: Shangri-la Hotel, Bhumi, Asian Village, Le Sherpa
The amazing folks from Upstairs Cafe have taken it up a notch. Looking for a location where they can benefit from nearby westerner-traveled hotels, they’ve opened an aptly-named sister restaurant further south from Upstairs Cafe, right across the street from Shangri-la hotel.
Parking is ample for several cars, though the turn-in is sharp, so get ready! The establishment fills out both stories of an old Nepali house, and even has balcony seating upstairs. The same friendly staff rotate between the two restaurants, and the Vietnamese woman has begun cooking here, while her sister mans the kitchen at Upstairs.
The menu is physically different, hardly the “picture menu” of old, professionally printed. The array of dishes is quite similar, and the same excellent style of preparation is present here in the portfolio of available dishes. The atmosphere is excellent, the staff attentive, and if you live or visit in this part of town, Saigon Pho is a must.
Posted from Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal.
UPSTAIRS CAFE CLOSED DUE TO LAZIMPAT ROAD WIDENDING
Entrance to Upstairs Cafe on Maharajgunj
: Vietnamese and Nepali
: 200-600 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking
: Bar 76, Nina & Hagar, Crossroads cafe, cafe be be, New Bhatbhateni Super Market, Bawarchi -uptown
Monday – Saturday: 11am-5pm
Just south of Narayangopal Chowk, nestled amongst the plastic chairs and other cheap furniture for sale, a stone’s throw from the US Embassy compound, the aptly-named “Upstairs Café” (“the finest vietnamese and Nepalese Cuisine”) is visible from the street (along with a thousand other signs and visual distractions) and accessible from an alley just off Maharajgunj. Once you enter the clean dining room, grab a seat by the window to see the world go by.
Since Pho is the mainstay of Vietnamese cuisine, grab a bowl for yourself or to share. Don’t ignore the crispy spring rolls, but don’t be disappointed if they look different from the “photo menu.” Mix it up a little bit and get onoe of their lasse drinks to cool off any spice you might choose to add to your meal.
Banana Lasse and crispy spring rolls at the Upstairs Cafe
This place is new as of 2011; let’s hope it lasts the year. It will get some repeat business from this reviewer for sure.
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Chicken Pho and garnish at The Upstairs Cafe
Sweet and Sour Fish at Upstairs Cafe