Nepal | March 25, 2019

Wonders of the far East

Travel & Lifesyle

Travel & Lifestyle heads to Arniko Room with Sangeeta Thapa to review their authentic Chinese cuisine

Arniko Room, Hotel AnnapurnaStarters

Cigar RollCigar Roll

Prepared with 75 per cent paneer, 25 per cent yak cheese, fine chopped button mushrooms, green chillis, carrots and sesame.

Sangeeta’s verdict: “It is an interesting dish, very soft in texture. Sesame complements the dish well. Also, it goes with every dish because of its surprising taste.”

Ginger PrawnGinger Prawn

Deep fried prawn with onion, garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and coriander.

Sangeeta’s verdict: “The dish looks really delicious. It is flavourful, soft and fresh. The jumbo size prawns will serve three people at least.”

Main Course

Congee LambCongee Lamb

Deep fried mutton prepared with garlic onion paste, cinnamon powder, bean sprout, and carrots with a touch of sauce.

Sangeeta’s verdict: “I love this dish and I am going to ask for this every time I come here! I love the taste and its crunchy texture. It’s exceptional.”

fishFish with Hot Garlic Sauce

Fish marinated in a mixture of ginger, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chilli paste, tomato and onion, and deep fried

Sangeeta’s verdict: “The fish is well cooked and tastes good but I don’t like fish much. It’s a good dish for fish eaters.”

Haka NoodlesHakka Noodles

Served with capsicum, onions, carrots and bean sprouts

Sangeeta’s verdict: “Hakka noodles are just how it should be — soft and succulent.”

Spinach with mushroomGarlic Spinach with Mushroom

Curried spinach, mushrooms and bean sprouts

Sangeeta’s verdict: “The taste was okay even though the spinach was overcooked. The presentation of the dish didn’t tempt me much.”

Sangeeta Thapa is the owner of Siddhartha Art Gallery. She likes to experiment with food and Chinese cuisine is her absolute favourite.

Sangeeta Thapa is the owner of Siddhartha Art Gallery. She likes to experiment with food and Chinese cuisine is her absolute favourite.

Overall verdict

“Chinese cuisine is my favourite and I love to come here for the authentic quality of food and good service. The most important thing that I like is that food here is not super oily and it’s MSG free.”

Located in Durbar Marg, Hotel Annapurna houses the Arniko Room — one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the city. It is said that the restaurant is named after the legendary Nepali artist who introduced pagoda style architecture to ancient China. The restaurant offers you the authentic taste of China.

Fact File

Where: Arniko Room, Hotel Annapurna

Location: Durbar Marg

Opening hours

For Lunch: 12 pm to 3 pm

For Dinner: 6 pm to 10 pm

Contact: 01—4221711


A version of this article appears in print on May 19, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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