HONG KONG, May 25: Nepal Restaurant that has been preserving Nepal´s unique culture in one of Asia´s most famous tourist destination, Soho of Hong Kong, is celebrating its 16th anniversary with different varieties of traditional Nepali cuisines on June 16.
Along with promoting unique Nepali cultures and cuisines among Chinese nationals and tourists, the restaurant has also been organizing trips to Nepal.
It offers typical Nepali delicacies like Bhenta Tareko, momo, Jogi Bhat, Khasiko choyla, hot and spicy chicken and light curries cooked with Nepali spices.
The restaurant serves Nepal Ice Beer and Khukuri Rum imported from Nepal. It also specializes in catering, home delivery and organizing private functions.
The décor at Nepal Restaurant is dominated by wood and metal carvings, traditional Nepali windows, khukuri knives, portraits from Nepal and handmade tablecloths.
Bhim Prasad Kafle, co-owner and CEO of Nepal Restaurant, said the eatery has drawn the attention of customers since the very first day of its operation in 1995. “More than 90 percent of our customers visit us regularly. We have been getting almost equal number of native Chinese and western tourists,” Kafle said, adding, “It is the typical Nepali setting, quality food and superb service that have been drawing customers to our restaurant.”
The restaurant is known among leaders, actors and business persons in Hong Kong as a place serving typical Nepali food. It has also been serving as an information center for people wishing to visit Nepal. Staff members of the restaurant provide information about visa and tourism activities in Nepal to interested clients.
“I feel glad when tourists come to the restaurant and show us the pictures that they took in Nepal,” Kafle, who worked as food and beverage supervisor at Kathmandu-based Hotel de´l Annapurna before leaving for Hong Kong, said.
“Service at our restaurant is on par with restaurants at five-star hotels. It is because of this fact that we have been regularly featured in the list of Hong Kong´s best restaurant since 1999.”
Nepal Restaurant also plans to open franchises in different parts of Hong Kong and other western cities. “But we´ve been unable to recruit Nepali cooks and other staff members as Hong Kong no longer offers working visa to Nepalis,” he lamented.