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The Nepali national meal is dal bhat tarkari. It is essentially spiced lentils poured over boiled rice, and served with tarkari: vegetables such as mustard greens, daikon radish, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, squash etc, cooked with spices. The meal may be accompanied by dahi (yogurt) and a small helping of ultra-spicy fresh chutney or achar (pickle).

Because of the multi-ethnic nature of Nepali society, differing degrees of adherence to Hindu dietary norms, and the extreme range of climates and micro-climates throughout the country, different ethnic communities often have their own specialties.

Newari cuisine is quite distinct and diverse relatively compared to the other indigenous regional cuisines of Nepal, so watch out for Newari restaurants. Some of them even come with cultural shows – a great way to enjoy good food while having a crash-course in Nepalese culture.

The cuisine of the Terai lowlands is almost the same as in adjacent parts of India. Locally-grown tropical fruits are sold alongside subtropical and temperate temperate crops from the hills. In addition to bananas (kera) and papayas (mewa) familiar to travellers, jackfruit (katar) is a local delicacy.

Some dishes, particularly in the Himalayan region, are Tibetan in origin and not at all spicy. Some dishes to look for include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling (similar to Chinese pot-stickers) often served with beer, and Tibetan bread and honey, a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey that's great for breakfast. One delicacy that you do not want to miss while in Nepal is the dried meat (it especially complements with beer/alcoholic beverages. Up in the Himalayan mountains, potatoes are the staple of the Sherpa people. Try the local dish of potato pancakes (rikikul). They are delicious eaten straight off the griddle and covered with dzo (female yak) butter or cheese.

Pizza, Mexican, Thai and Chinese food, and Middle-Eastern food can all be found in the tourist districts of Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you are on a budget, sticking with local dishes will save a lot of money.

Note that many small restaurants are not prepared to cook several different dishes; try to stick with one or two dishes or you will find yourself waiting as the cook tries to make one after another on a one-burner stove.

As far as possible, eat only Nepali village products. Do not eat junk foods like biscuits, noodles, etc. If you take only village product foods, it will help to rise their economic life.

Kathmandu

Thamel

There are dozens of tourist restaurants clustered in the Thamel district serving everything from Middle Eastern to Mexican food. Indian and Nepali dishes are always the best tasting, and best priced. Don't hesitate to state your preference for spiciness. Travellers who venture into smaller places are often rewarded with better prices and friendlier staff. Inspect your bill and count your change at the places frequented by short trip tourists.

Aqua Java Zing (next to Helena's and opposite Galleria Café) is the newest restaurant to hit the Thamel dining scene. With a chain of restaurants and cafés internationally, it is a welcome for Nepal. They serve amazing international gourmet cuisine with a full range of risottos, pastas, Thai curry to a five spice exotic vegetables. They also probably do the best stone oven baked pizzas in town. The dessert range and quality is unparalleled and so is the coffee that they are famous for internationally. They also serve hookahs/shishas with over 100 flavours.

Fire & Ice (on the left side of the main road into Thamel from the Palace Museum, next to a temple under Himalayan Bank) is a popular western haunt, and for good reason. The restaurant serves traditional Italian-style stone-baked pizzas, which are delicious. It is pricier than most establishments. Chocolate ice cream with added chocolate on top is definitely to be recommended.

Himalayan Java (located across the street from Fire & Ice on the second story of the building nearest the palace wall) also has wonderful pizza and some of the best (if not the only) paninis available in Nepal.

Roadhouse Café has excellent wood-fired pizza, similar to Fire and Ice. It has fantastic décor, good coffee and hot chocolate – a very relaxing, upscale place for when you need to escape from Kathmandu for an evening.


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