Good food and an even better ambience are what we usually look for in a restaurant, which is why we believe Cafe Timila in Patan, Lalitpur, deserves all the praises it can get. Not only does it have a great menu selection, but it has also beautifully showcased Nepali culture through its architecture, traditional Nepali artworks, and vintage Nepali items like radios, old lamps, and karuwa, offering a unique dining experience.
We recommend you to start with the Chicken Tikka. Boneless chicken is marinated with yogurt, a blend of spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala, with a dash of lemon for additional flavor. The chicken is well cooked and tender, and served with mint chutney on the side, which adds a refreshing burst of flavor to each bite. It’s best if you share a plate with a friend, as the dish is slightly heavy.
You could also try the Crunchy Momo. The dumplings are first steamed and they’re then coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried. It comes with tomato and chili based sauce on the side, and is an absolute delight.
For the main course, we suggest you order the Pork Chop. It’s a non-vegetarian’s delight. The meat is tender and flavorful, and comes with sauteed vegetables, fried or mashed potatoes, and a gravy. The portion is just right.
If you don’t like or eat pork, try the Chicken Parmigiana, also known as Chicken Parmesan. It includes breaded and fried chicken cutlets topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The meat is well-cooked and tender. The dish is zesty and sweet, with the mozzarella adding a smooth and creamy texture.
They also have a number of choices for desert, but the Banana Split is definitely the best of all. As the name suggests, a banana is cut in half, and filled with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice-cream. It’s a light dessert that goes perfectly with a heavy meal. If you are looking for a slightly heavier desert, try the French Crêpe. They are thin and delicate pancakes, and have a rich filling which is slightly sweet and creamy.
We must also mention their impeccable interior. Everything from their furniture to the garden area is doing beautifully, exuding much charm and warmth. Cafe Timila is perfect for a lazy weekend of basking in the sun or a quick lunch during a busy weekday.
- Crunchy Momo
- Pork Chop
- Chicken Parmigiana
Opening hours: 7:30 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Patan, Lalitpur
Meal for two: Rs. 2000
Parking: Only for two-wheelers