You must have local Newari food in Kathmandu. It’s one of the things the city is famous for. But given the season, you might not want to have it just about anywhere. Then again, fancy multicuisine restaurants hardly ever do justice to authentic Newari dishes.
Gopal Dai ko Chatamari and Momo Center in Dillibazar, Kathmandu is a safe bet. Located right at Pipalbot chowk, this place is hard to miss. You can ask anyone in the area and they will point you to it as it’s been there for more than a decade. It’s famous for its chatamari (minced meat wrapped in rice flour batter) and for good reason. The one you find here is different from ones you find elsewhere. It’s tastier and feels healthier.
The rice flour batter is cooked just right so that the texture is soft but there’s a satisfying crunch in every bite. You can choose whether you want chicken or buff as the filling. They also serve mixed chatamari which has eggs. It’s already flavorful without an accompaniment but the spicy chutney that comes with it takes it to another level.
They also serve chhoila, which, hands down, was the best we have had so far. But if you don’t like spicy food, this might not be for you. In that case, we suggest you give their sekuwa a try. It is deep-fried sukuti dipped in batter which is then smoked. Again, the spicy chutney makes it so good.
Most of the customers go to Gopal Dai ko Chatamari and Momo Center for the unique jhol momo they serve. It’s buff momo served alongside a tangy soup. We prefer other snacks more than the momos, but according to the regulars, momo is one of the best items on their menu.
This place is really nice but there’s a caveat. Unlike most Newari places, they don’t serve local drinks like chyang and aila to go with your meal. But that feels like a small compromise compared to just how delightful the food is.
Opening time: 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Meal for two: Rs 700
Online payment: Accepted