I'm going to be in Kathmandu for 7 nights in December, and have hit a bit of a brick wall looking for restaurant recommendations :(
I came across one post on Chowhound, but that was pretty much it.
I know next to nothing about Nepalese cuisine, but know that's what I want to eat while in Kathmandu - so any information on Nepalese cuisine in general would also be useful. In terms of price/style, I'm interested in anything from hole in the wall to fine-dining.
Any help would be much appreciated :D
Hey Gordon, I got lucky to find this post of yours. I will be visiting Kathmandu soon (for the first time), and except for knowing about momo and thukpa.....I don't know what to expect and where to go for good food. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your food experience in Nepal from your trip last year?! I am open to trying different cuisine. I am originally from India so I am more interested in their local cuisine and also Tibetan food. Thanks!
Sorry, I always have good intentions to follow up with my results, but often end up forgetting and/or not taking notes at the time :}
We had a Thali lunch in a a Tibetan restaurant and a Nepali outside Boudhanath Stupa, both of which were very good, much better than expected for the location... though I'm afraid I don't remember the names :( I think there were only a few advertising themselves ass 'Tibetan' or 'Nepalese' though. It seems that most restaurants cater to the pizza/pasta crowd, so you can probably find them. The TIbetan one was on the intersection of a road leading to/from the stupa. Both had a balcony or 2nd floor seating area with good views of the stupa... sorry, not much to go on, but I reckon it'll be more obvious from there ;)
Thakali Bhanchha, a Nepalese place on the 2nd floor of a building in Thamel, was really very good (and really cheap!). Despite it's location in the heart of Thamel, it was 50/50 locals and tourists. I recall none of the roads had names, and Thamel is a bit of a maze, but if you Google it you can probably find out where it is.
We also went to the Yangling Tibetan restaurant, which was very good too. Somewhere in Thamel :)
Another place in Thamel was called, I think, Yak & Yeti, where we had the best buffalo momos of the trip :)
My advice is to gather the names of likely places (including those above), just go wandering in Thamel, and use your list as a guide (that's what we did). It really is labyrinthine, so that's probably your best bet :D
We did stay at the Hyatt Regency, although we didn't eat there.
Very nice hotel. It's right next door to the Boudhanath Stupa, which does mean it's a short drive away from Thamel - though that wasn't an issue, as the hotel puts on free transport to Thamel, and taxis are plentiful for the return trip.
Its been well over a decade since i was in Kathmandu, so my memories are likely out of date, but I recall a place called Nepalese Kitchen.
The classic Nepali dish is dal-bhat, which is rice and a lentil curry with condiments. Simple, but certain to hit the spot on a cold December day or night.
As such, there is a strong Indian influence in the food - Nirula's, a Delhi based Indian fast food chain has a few outlets in Kathmandu, and will probably worth checking out, if for no otehr reason than to get a taste of how American fast food is Indianized in flavor.
I also suggest looking for Tibetan restaurants while you are there.
Most hotel concierges are helpful, especially if you ask to go where the locals go.
Sorry to not be more helpful
I'm not American, thought I have sampled Indian food in the USA, and found it varied from average to appalling :) Having said that, in a country the size of America, I'm sure it must be possible to find good Indian food!
I've spent quite a bit of time in India, so am quite familiar with Indian food, and would be after Nepalese and Tibetan during my time in Kathmandu.
Thanks for the tips, it gives me something to go on :)