on February 26, 2016

No Frills Experience

Thamel in Kathmandu is distinguished by its narrow alleys and a heavily crowded commercial area. Thamel, for me, is a place where you can always find everything if not anything a vibrant place indeed.

This week had been very unusually hectic hence, I hardly had the time to cook for my family. To make up to my family, I decided to take them out for a meal in the evening.

Along with my two teenagers and daddy, we heads to Thamel. An enticing name of a restaurant De’Vedas Café and Bar seems very promising. So in we go! Upon entering, I notice there were no other patrons, so we have the liberty of choosing wherever we want to sit. The inside dining area smells musty, so we decide to take the table inside the coffee bar which is also next to the kitchen area where you can see through the glass wall. Without checking the drink menu we order our drinks. Coke, Iced lemon Tea and Vodka, which are served promptly, but by the look of the Iced Lemon Tea I know it is not right and was confirmed when my daughter takes a sip, cringes and asks me to have a taste. It is warm, no ice and no lemon. (By the way, there is no such fresh lemon used in almost all restaurants in Nepal; they use fresh lime instead).

Browsing through the long selections of mouth watering food on the menu (some with wrong spellings), one could have difficulty in choosing. But we notice that most on the menu are being crossed out and we’re told those items are not available — very disappointing. To avoid further disappointment, we decide to just go straight to the main course and ask which items are available. Only grilled chicken and bekti fish items are available. My two children and I order a Grilled Cajun Chicken, Grilled Rosemary Chicken, Grilled Lemon Chicken, and Daddy, not being so hungry, opts for a Pasta Salad. After more than an half-hour wait (we are told it will take some time), the food is served, except for the Pasta Salad, which looks different from the rest of the items, which are all exactly the same — served with noodles and boiled mixed vegetables kamagra price.

My Grilled Rosemary Chicken is a bit salty to my taste, so I ate half and had some of Dad’s pasta salad, since the serving is quite generous.

Over all verdict? I’d say No Frills! We came in hungry, we were fed and we came out with a full stomach. The evidence is an empty plate (almost) and a sweet Apple Fritter dessert. Forget about all the minor errors the staff committed as they are all new trainees according to the Manager Mr Narahari. He was very apologetic all through and even changed my daughter’s Iced Lemon Tea earlier. I know he and his team of staff (a cook, a kitchen helper, a waiter and a waitress) have done the best they can to serve us. I shall come again for sure to dine in this restaurant. It would be interesting to see how much effort they’ll work on for improvement. After all they have potential.

De Vedas Café & Bar
1. Ambience: 5
2. Food quality/presentation: 5
3. Quality of service: 5
4. Hygiene: 4
5. Value for money: 7
6. Overall satisfaction value: 5.5

Eva Nancy Thapa (a Filipina married to a Nepali) is an Intuitive Holistic Therapist, a manufacturer of Natural Skin Care Products based on Herbs and Aromatherapy —Essensuals, a business owner, a mother of two teenagers, a lover of music, food (considers herself a good cook) and nature

A version of this article appears in print on August 27, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.