Nepal | October 22, 2020

Tamarind can do a lot better

Foodspies

Binson Shrestha
Share Now:

Binson Shrestha is the co-founder and owner of Stemp Apparels. He is also the director of International Club, Sanepa and a great foodie

BINSON SHRESTHATamarind is a place very familiar to many residents of Sanepa/Jhamsikhel. In the past few years, we have seen Jhamsikhel transform into a mini Thamel, easily adapting to its nickname ‘Jhamel’.

Tamarind strategically and fortunately lies on my daily commute to work. After coming back to Nepal, this was the first time I visited Tamarind. I know the set up and decor of Tamarind from five years back, and to my surprise — the set up was still the same (I honestly expected some upgrading).

As I entered, there was a family of flies waiting for my arrival at the very first table. Obviously, I picked a cleaner space towards the corner. Throughout the four hours that I spent there, there were many groups of people that came in for brunch, mostly business people and families — definitely would not take any one on a first date to Tamarind.

For drinks I ordered, Ice Tea in the first hour, Iced Latte in the second, Masala Tea in the third hour and Latte in the final hour (the last order took forever, somewhere around 35 minutes). No complaints on drinks though. As for the food, I am very picky and usually end up with ‘a-la carte’ order for my snacks as well as main course. So I thought
I’d try to order something different from the usual Nepali orders of momos and French Fries.

The menu selection was actually pretty impressive; they had a wide array of food option. I ordered Prawn Wrapped In Bacon and Salmon Roll for my snacks and main course which surprisingly were delivered in no more than 12 minutes. The prawn wrapped in bacon was delicious but very oily. Salmon Roll was average, not something I would pack for lunch plus the serving was not enough for a hungry stomach.

Then came dessert — my favourite part of the meal. I had a hard time ordering but ended up with the classic, brownies and ice cream. This, however, did not disappoint me at all. The hot brownie and the cold ice cream blended perfectly to end my feast at Tamarind.

I eat out a lot, almost everyday and nothing so far has upset my stomach, not even the food carts that sell momos in some galli at 12 in the night, but once I reached home from Tamarind, my stomach started growling. I felt very uncomfortable and had to rush to the gentlemen’s room. Maybe it was a bad day at Tamarind, or it was a bad day for my stomach, but I did not expect that to happen. I have visited Tamarind many times and it has usually been a pleasant experience.

I hope they improve their hygiene a ‘wee-bit’ and continue to deliver good service to people that are looking forward to spending quality time with their near and dear ones.

TAMARINDRATINGS
Ambience: 8
Food quality/
presentation: 7.5
Quality of service: 8
Hygiene: 6.5
Value for money: 6
Overall satisfaction value: 8


A version of this article appears in print on April 21, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Seven persons made public for murdering two police personnel in Kailali

DHANGADHI: Police have charged seven persons in connection with murder of two police personnel in Kailali district, on Tuesday. They were apprehended for murdering Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Govinda BK, In-charge of Jugeda temporary police beat, and police constable Ram Bahadur Saud. Polic Read More...

Pictures: Bouddhanath, which is usually overwhelmed by spectators, becomes one as an aircraft flies by

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 21 An aircraft is pictured against the backdrop of Bouddhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it takes off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The Stupa was overwhelmed with spectators during pre-Covid times. Seen in another picture are two Read More...

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL: A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples. “Tou Read More...

Harry and Meghan decry 'crisis of hate' in social media

LOS ANGELES: Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, spoke on Tuesday about their campaign against social media negativity, with Harry warning of a “global crisis of hate” that was affecting people’s mental health. The couple, known officially as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, led an Read More...

No-confidence motion against Karnali chief minister to be withdrawn

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 20 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal today reached a four-point deal to settle intra-party dispute in Karnali Province which resulted in a no-trust motion against Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi. According to Oli Read More...

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

LONDON: Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. While other people are wearing masks and staying home to avoid the disease, the 22-year-old Londoner has volunteered to contract the new coronavirus as part of a controversial study that hopes to speed development of a vaccine. Marcos a Read More...

Govt told to respect citizens’ right to health services

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 20 The National Human Rights Commission has taken a serious note of the decision of the Government of Nepal to deny free medical treatment to COVID-19 patients and to hold concerned families responsible for managing the bodies of their members, who succumbed to the contagion. Read More...

Rashford strikes late as United sink PSG again

PARIS: Manchester United got their Champions League campaign underway in emphatic style when Marcus Rashford's late goal earned them a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain on Tuesday, handing the French champions their first group-stage home defeat in 16 years. Rashford netted three minutes Read More...