Review: Kaiser Café, Garden of Dreams(Continental – Multi Cuisine)
Garden of Dreams, Thamel, Kathmandu
The bustling Thamel area in Kathmandu has a plethora of small restaurants and cafes that serve foods from across the globe. When you are craving for a bite of fire oven pizza or wraps with drinks or just coffee or even some fine crepes then the little cafes tucked into the crowded narrow lanes of Thamel is a good bet. However, if the cacophony is not the thing you prefer with your food in the middle of this market place then the ‘Garden of Dreams’ comes across an oasis in the dessert. It’s located on you right just when you enter Thamel, bang opposite the parking gate.
Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden that has recently been restored, is surrounded by six impressive pavilions that each represents one of the six seasons of Nepal. One of these beautiful Edwardian style pavilion houses the Kaiser Café, managed by the famous Dwarika’s hotel. Set amidst the urban buzz of the city yet calm and scenic, this garden restaurant is a great place for a light lunch or a relaxed evening coffee. As we walked through the garden into this restaurant the general sense of calm prevailed through the green surrounding. Small round tables were placed across the porch and inside the pavilion; clean table arrangements with fresh flowers had invited quite a handsome number of foreign tourists enjoying their peaceful drinks or coffee perched on the garden style chairs. The place makes for a fine café experience and not a regular canteen type outlet that garden’s usually have, rather sophisticated, spic and span place set in an enchanting surrounding.
The absolute tranquil atmosphere at first got us to take a seat in a corner garden area but soon we realized that mosquitoes won’t leave us at peace and we were assisted with a table on the porch immediately. The staffs was courteous and informed, they were also prompt with the service and did not unnecessarily hover around us, leaving us to enjoy our food in peace.
After an expedition through the city and our long walks across the streets of Thamel we were really hungry when we reached this café. The petite menu of the café cum restaurant had a decent mix of recipes from all over along with a few Nepali inclusions too. My partner in crime immediately ordered a Framhouse Veg thali as the memories of our outstanding dinner from the previous night still lingered on. I took a minute and then requested for a Chicken Florentine that was served with a ratatouille and garlic fried rice. The food arrived in no time to our delight and my Chicken Florentine though not the best I’ve had but was still quite good, just that the spinach mouse stuffed chicken breasts tasted a little dry. But, the garlic rice was absolutely flavour packed and the ratatouille was nice and flavourful too. The Thali was a large serve of a variety of Nepalese dishes and though he had gone all emotional while ordering, he’d never thought that the serving would be this large. But then that’s how thalis are, anyhow each recipe on plate including the paneer, lentils, the mixed vegetables or even the Saag was fresh and delicious. And despite all initial apprehensions I found that he had licked off his plate by the end and I on the contrary was just half the way through and could not finish my plate. With no room for desserts we had no choice but to let go of it and after sitting and chatting for some time we left the place strolling through the garden with happy tummies.
It’s highly recommended for though the food was not outstanding but the location that the restaurant is set amidst quite makes up for everything. Not that the food was bad but it felt just a tad bit short of being impressive, but hey how about just dropping by for a coffee or drinks for this is a must visit place in Kathmandu. We were billed a total of 2,504 Nepali Rupee for the two mains and bottle of mineral water, apart from the Rs 200 (Neepali currency) entrance charge to the Garden.
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