This was our biggest mistake. Not because of the foods or location. The service was so slow so we missed all the free time waiting for some lunch. This is why I couldn’t have good photos; this is why I couldn’t buy souvenirs. This is why I haven't any decent image of Bhaktapur in my memories. Begging the waiters didn’t help and we finished the lunch at the moment we had to meet with the group.
I ate rice with egg and vegetables. It tasted good but I was really pissed off to enjoy it. It is at the corner near Nayatpol Temple, if you want to avoid.
If you are in Nepal and have not tasted the original Newari ( Nepali) food, you really have missed something. We tried everithing Nepali, Thakkali food, Newari food the original combination of Daal, Bhat & Tarkari combination, everything. In almost everywhere in Kathmandu vally one can find Newari food. Just look for Newari Khaja Restaurants and you are there. If you dont want Buffalo meat it can be replaced with Chicken, like we did. It's excellent. One suggestion: those who do not like to have Flat Rice( here it is called Chura) dry, may ask the restaurant to soak it in water for a few minutes. We also had a tough time in chewing the dired Flat rice.
Nepal has two different cuisines – Nepali food and Newari food. One cuisine belongs to the Newars who were the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. They still live there today. Nepali food belongs to the majority of the country and even though Nepal is quite small in relation to the rest of Asia, there can be some very noticeable differences between both foods.
Favorite Dish: Nepali food can be quite bland with soup, rice and vegetables featuring in a lot of the main courses. As many Nepalese are vegetarians, meat doesn’t feature frequently. The main dish is called ‘Daal Bhaat Tarkaari’ which consists of lentil soup, rice and curried vegetables.
Newari food on the other hand is a bit more eventful for your taste buds with spices and meat which is taken from buffalos. That means you can have buffalo soup, buffalo steak, buffalo meatballs, buffalo mince - it is very popular. Their main dish is called ‘Momo’ (momocha) which is made of meat-filled steamed dumplings.
A ncie place to realx in Bhaktapur,. which offers you an absolutely great view is Cafè Niatapola.
It offers you all the kind of soft drink, but it is also a restaurant (more common to come here just for a drink):
Pretty a ncie place!
we stay at the hostel which is next to this restaurant. we missed it the previous day due to the tinny entrance of this nice garden restaurant.
the next morning, when i enter the door, there was such a wonderful empty garden, full of sunshine.
Favorite Dish: a very nice garden.
I believe Sunny is the name of this tiny Cafe. It's located at one corner of the square. The house is very small, but with several floors and terraces. We went to the top terraces. It's only big enough for two tiny tables. Food there is fairly good. What makes it special is the overall view of Taumadhi square. You see everthing under your sight, however, you can still feel detached from what you see.
Favorite Dish: Lemon soda
Bhaktapur is inhabited mostly by Newars, one of Nepal's cultural groups and known for skilled artistic talent. They have their own language and of course their own food. There are tons of Newari restaurants around Bhaktapur and a simple Newari restaurant is called Bhatti, so you can basically say that word and be pointed in the direction of a local restaurant. "Bhatti kahaa chha?" is "Where is a Newari restaurant?". And of course these prices are a fraction of any tourist restaurant, don't expect to pay more than 60 N.Rs. for a full meal. There are some really nice little restaurants near the Bhimsen Mandir, and all Newari places are great for having a cup of that oh so sweet and good Nepali Tea (Chiya Nepali).
Momo Max is a popular place in Bhaktapur for some good quality momos (although nothing compared to those in the Langtang National Park), as well as western food. Its a small quiet place with a TV that has BBC and football. The food is good, and the prices are excellent as well. Good food, great bargain, and perfect if you are a lone traveler, in a small group, or in a big group.
Favorite Dish: Go for the momos, chow mein, chicken pizza, pakari, and what ever you want. They also have lassies, shakes, and soft drinks (a bar too I believe - but I don't drink alcohol so I really am not sure to be honest).