KATHMANDU: The Roadhouse Club Sandwich is delicately sweet and has as many textures as there are fillings like smoked chicken, bacon, and curried mayonnaise.
In the heart of Thamel away from the cacophony of touts and tourists is an oasis that is known for its pizzas which are wood-fired and a proud 30 centimetres in circumference. The Roadhouse Cafe has all the pizzas you could dream of and then some.
Present is the Margherita which has tomato, mozzarella and basil to represent the Italian flag. The pizzas colours were created by Raffaele Esposito from Naples in 1850 AD when Queen Margherita of Italy came visiting and it became her favourite dish as it became ours. You get different tastes with every bite.
From there the Kayastha brothers Ranjan and Chandan owners of Roadhouse Café have let their creativity go wild on the other pizzas which have come a long way since 997 AD, when once again in Naples the first pizzas were made covered with herbs and spices. Guests practically overflow the comfortable and elegant restaurant because Chef Sijapati never sends away a dissatisfied customer. But Ranjan and Chandan have a menu
that is extraordinary in
its variety. Said Chandan, “We specialise in pizzas but we have a range of multi-cuisine items to satisfy all our guests.”
The Manager of the restaurant the ever-efficient Ram Pd Bhattarai whom I have known for 20 years helped us to all our favourites. The tomato and coconut soup was blissful with the slight touch of chilly. A very unusual combination — a particularly Roadhouse twist.
Our waiter Deepak set several continents of food before us. The Satay on
sugar cane skewers was
far removed from the bamboo skewers of Indonesia and instead of flattened pieces of meat we had the original 17th century Arab import into Indonesia, minced meat which was as succulently delicious as Seekh Kababs from India. Not only does one delight in the Satay one chews on the sugar cane.
The white wine, the
butter sauce and parsley
the tenderness of the chicken makes the Austrian Weiner Schnitzel taste of a waltz by the brothers Strauss. You get slightly dizzy on its delicate taste.
We revisited Italy with the moist, extraordinarily flavoured Penne which is like a larger Macaroni and which magically mixed roasted Shitake mushrooms and cheese bound together by a parsley pesto sauce. It was a many-flavoured delight.
Whereas the other food we ate was slightly chillied, our pork chops were at first taste sweet as the historical tradition of eating pork with apples or a sweet cider glaze. After the initial bite there is a touch of heat.
Said Ranjan, “Its not apples but it’s a sauce that we at Roadhouse marinate our chops in.” How chops got so tender is a mystery to rival the Da Vinci Code. Said Ranjan, “We serve Lavazza Italy’s favourite coffee, Baskin and Robbins America’s favourite ice-cream and a Chocolate Mousse that has three layers which in it’s one layer incarnation is a French favourite.
Our Chocolate Mousse is made of brown chocolate, white chocolate and black chocolate.” It tasted subtly divine and the effect is like the old saying, “I died and went to heaven.”
But then you can depend on the Roadhouse Café
(all three branches) for
originality. To get there before all the tables are booked call 4-267885 for Thamel, 5521755 for Pulchowk and 4-26587 for Bhatbhateni.