An ode to Robert Burns

KATHMANDU: The evening of January 25 was warm and lovely at the Sunrise Restaurant, Hotel Yak and Yeti, Durbar Marg. Two bagpipers playing Scottish bagpipes while marching along the aisles gave an interesting feel to the venue that was all set to celebrate the 257th birth anniversary of Robert Burns — the national poet of Scotland. Every year, January 25 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Burns. And marking the occasion with ‘Burns Night’, the restaurant celebrated the evening with a Scottish feast.

“I am very glad to launch Burns Night event in Nepal,” Philippe Belhay, General Manager of Hotel Yak and Yeti stated. This is the first time that the event is being celebrated here as per Belhay, who added, “The tourists from all around the world observer major International celebrations — Oktoberfest, English New Year, Valentine’s Day, among others — in Nepal. So, why not celebrate Burns Night? The celebration will continue in the following years too.”

Other than Haggis, there were varieties of cold cuts, deluxe salads including Scottish Dill Crusted Salmon with salad, meats and selection of cheese. The whole Scottish offering was a feast to both eyes and taste.

There were many detectable dishes and the Scottish Dill Crusted Salmon was one of them. With a hint of pepper, the dish was crispy as well as soft.

In case of Scottish desserts, warm Marmalade And Whisky Bread And Butter Pudding with mild sweetness and crunchy walnut gave a wholesome experience.