5/14/13 8:19 AM
If you’re a bit overwhelmed by rows after rows of restaurants in Thamel, the hangout spot for both locals and foreigners, don’t fret! Read Parakhi’s description of 5 diverse restaurants and pick a place to satisfy that grumbling tummy of yours.
Going on a trek soon? Work out your legs and lungs by taking the stairs up to the 7th floor rooftop. While the restaurant has seating on the floors below, being momentarily out of breath after the climb is worth the panoramic view of the mountains peeking out behind the sprawling city. Go ahead, order Helena’s mouth watering chocolate cake. You deserve it after that climb.
This Israeli run restaurant is a must for lovers of vegetarian food or those who want to give their tongue a break from spice-laden Nepali cuisine. Tucked away in an alley and up the stairs on the side of a main street, OR2K offers large heaps of colorful vegetables that will leave you feeling healthier, rejuvenated, and relaxed. Being able to stretch out your legs, thanks to the abundance of floor seating, doesn’t hurt either. Try the vegetarian sizzler or combination platter.
Fire and Ice
While many restaurants in Nepal sell pizza, very few make the real deal like Fire and Ice does. The smell of pizza cooking in the pippin’ hot oven will have your nose buds on high alert and your mouth watering. Thankfully, the torture lasts only a few minutes; with exceptionally fast service, expect to find a perfect balance of cheese, dough, and sauce on your table in no time.
Not located anywhere near Thamel’s main entrance, Anatolia is a bit hard to find. But it’s worth the search. The halal restaurant serves Indian and Turkish cuisine, as well as Chinese and Nepali—food not ordinarily associated with being halal. Stick to the Indian and Turkish fares if you want what the restaurant does best. To find out what which items to get, take advantage of the repeat customers’ knowledge by seeing what these locals are eating. Most likely they’ll be munching away on succulent kebabs and on finger lickin’ good chicken tikka masala or butter gravy.
Those who are too busy shopping for trinkets, clothes and outdoor gears to sit down for lunch, check out Sandwich Point. Its one narrow, tiny room has a counter on one side and a bench (no tables) that can accommodate less than 10 people on the other. The hole-in-the-wall is popular due to its long list of choices of delicious sandwiches. Pick a small, medium, or large sandwich and pack it with one or several of the fillings: ham, vegetables, egg, cheese, bacon, chicken, and tuna.
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