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by Akanksha Pokhrel

Step into a picturesque botanical-themed restaurant on Durbar Marg. Dine on a range of all-day authentic dishes from different cultures from Japanese favourites to Italian pizzas, Chinese delicacies, flavours of India and Nepali food too.

“In Continental, Pizzas are our customers favourite,” says Thakur Prasad Poudel, the Food Production Manager at Orient Café. The pizza variety is a delight and presented to satiate both the eyes and the palate.

We tried the spicy vegetarian pizza which was an explosion of flavours with three types of peppers, onions, sautéed mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. It had just the right amount of crunchiness that makes you enjoy every bite of the pizza to the very end.

Hot-stone pot is another specialty of the cafe and comes in your choice of sauce: pepper, Korean spicy, Szechuan or Soy-garlic to go perfectly with your noodles. A mouthful of the hot-stone pot gave me the distinct taste of chicken, mushroom, peppers and tofu with the right amount of flavour.

“Nepali customers often give us feedback that the food is unique and uncommon from what they have tasted till now,” says Thakur. The bite-size Southern China originated dimsum is called Har Gow which is traditional Cantonese and has water chestnut and different spices wrapped delectably in a thin layer of flour. You are served a variety of sauces to go with your dimsum like soy-garlic, black bean, pepper and chili oil. Dim Sum translates to “Touching Heart” and that is exactly what it does: touches your heart and fills you up.

Among Japanese favourites, the café offers a variety of tempura and sushi rolls. The rainbow roll is a vibrant presentation that consists of salmon, tuna, crabmeat and avocado sushi garnished with leaf-shaped wasabi, gari (pickled ginger), daikon sprouts, Japanese white sauce and soy sauce. The Chef says, “The ingredients used to make the Japanese cuisine are authentic and are only purchased from a certified Japanese store.” A truly Oriental experience.

Durbar Marg, Kathmandu
Phone: 01-4230890

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