Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cafe Kathmandu @ Tengkat Tong Shin

Cafe Kathmandu tries to offer the authentic flavours of Nepal in every possible way - the restaurant employs nearly a dozen Nepalese workers, both in & out of the kitchen. & is adorned with artwork that gracefully evokes Nepal's culture & landscape. When Kamala, a server who's been in KL for a year, gazes at one image of a picturesque hamlet perched in the shadow of a mountainside, she says it reminds her of her own home village, which she quietly adds is "gone" after this year's earthquake.

The selection is broad, encompassing the classics of the genre & more: The traditional 'thali' rice platter features all the essential protein & fibre, with chicken, vegetables, pickles, curries & chutney for a satisfactory diversity of flavours (RM16). There are noodles galore too - the quintessential midnight snack of Wai Wai fried instant noodles (RM7-RM10), spicy 'chow mein' noodles (RM10-RM15) & soupy Tibetan 'thukpa' hand-pulled varieties (RM10-RM15) - which can be partnered with everybody's favourite 'momo' steamed dumplings, stuffed with ground chicken, vegetables or even seafood (RM10-RM20).

Meat matters: You'll find sekuwa (RM15; roasted meat) & sekuti (RM10; dry meat jerky) here - choose from chicken, mutton or even buffalo, the last of which can seem chewy & gamy for some customers, but it makes for a robust match with a glass of Merlot. Come famished & you might also be able to feast on karchi-marchi (stir-fried goat's intestines & innards; on the menu but not in stock when we visited), aloo jeera (potatoes with cumin) & bhatmas sadeko (fried soybeans with tomatoes & onions).

Cafe Kathmandu
41, Tengkat Tong Shin, Off Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-12am. Tel: 03-21105243

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13 comments:

  1. Tengkat Tong Shin? I always go to Muar Restaurant there, nice home-cooked kind of food...and they say the beef noodles round the corner by the roadside is very nice. Sure would look out for this one if I ever drop by again. Don't mind trying some Nepalese.

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    1. Suituapui: muar restaurant and ngau knee beef noodles are quite the institutions on this street! and hopefully this nepalese restaurant will do tengkat tong shin proud too :)

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  2. I love a lot of the art there! dishes look pretty simple. Nice.

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    1. Linda: the art work is pretty gorgeous :) and yup, the dishes have the feel of honest cooking :)

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  3. Oh this is definitely going on my to visit list. Sean we're moving by the way. Please check out our new platform and tell us what you think: theyumlist.net Monica :-)

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    1. The Yum List: it's a comfortable spot for nepalese cuisine in KL :) i'm hopping over to theyumlist.net right now :D

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  4. Interesting and uncommon dishes... but not too sure if they work well with Red :P

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    1. Ken: heh, think of the buffalo as akin to beef .., that way, it pairs with the wine :)

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  5. I don't know why but I only seem to hear the song Katmandu playing in my head.....haha! :D

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    1. Contact: wow ... that's definitely not a song that many people ever mention! :D

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  6. I remember I had momo at Nepalese restaurant at Sri Hartamas and I like it!

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    1. Choi Yen: oh yeah! it's sad that the nepalese restaurant in hartamas has closed this year...

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  7. Wow! Food looks awesome! Definitely gonna give them a visit soon. R the food served halal?

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