Bidding Bukhara adieu


It shouldn’t be, but every good thing comes to an end. So on March 23, the Soaltee Crowne Plaza invited the Press for a lunch to say that it was time to bid adieu to Bukhara.

It is a world-renowned Indian food franchise, and has been delighting the gourmets of Kathmandu for the last 12 years with authentic Bukhara cuisine. An ITC franchise, Bukhara

has been voted the Best

Indian Restaurant in Asia, and is the only Indian Restaurant to feature on the list of 50 Best Restaurants in the world.

With the Bukhara contract coming to an end, Soaltee has decided to change its Indian cuisine. Sharadh Upadhaya, food and beverage manager said, “We will be closing

for a month, and when

we come back it will be with a bang. We are planning a big surprise for all our customers. Our new introduction is not only exotic and delicious, but also new for Nepal.”

Their plan is not only to change the cuisine and menu but also the décor of the restaurant. Though they tried to keep their surprise a secret, Anil Pathak, General Manager gave the general idea that it will be neo-traditional décor and that they would be serving Avadhi cuisine.

To keep the taste of the food authentic, every small detail will be kept in mind. For Bukhara, most of the ingredients were brought from India, but this time around everything from grinding fresh spices to making fresh paneer all will be done in Nepal.

Pathak said, “It is going to be as good as Bukhara, and I hope time will tell us if it gets even bigger than this.” Bukhara will be closed from March 31, and the new food place will open in the first week of May. But till then, Indian cuisine will be available at the Coffee shop.