The Newar or Newa communities in Kathmandu Valley have probably developed the richest food culture in Nepal over centuries. Festival (Jatraa) and Feasting (Bhoye) play a central role in Newari culture. Patan (Yala), a beautiful old city on the south side of the Bagmati River, is a great place for trying Newari food. You can find Newari restaurants on almost every street in the city, and many of them are known mainly to the local people. Here are some Newari restaurants in Patan that I think serve the best Newari food in town.
Honacha has been around for over 100 years, started by Krishna Lal Byanjankar as a small shop in Mangal Bazar to feed hungry farmers. They serve buffalo meat dishes like Choyla, Dyakula, Kachila, Sukuti, Bhutan, sapumicha, and Khago Fry, along with a few vegetable dishes. One special dish they offer is Baraha, which is like a pancake made from crushed black lentils fried in mustard oil and often topped with an egg or egg and kachila. They serve your order in about 15 minutes.
It’s a bit hard to find a seat there, and the seats aren’t very comfortable. Sometimes, they run out of the food you really want, and you might leave hungry. It’s tucked away behind the famous Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square. The delicious smells from the kitchen will catch your attention.
Nandini Food Court opened its doors—a set of three wooden doors located in Swotha, Patan. The restaurant exclusively serves Newari cuisine, one of the oldest cuisines in the world.
If you’re a fan of amazing food experiences, I highly recommend checking out Nandini! I’ve been in love with this place for five years, and every visit is a flavorful adventure. The ambiance is welcoming, and the authenticity of the Newari cuisine is truly something special. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or just looking for a great meal, Nandini is the place to be. Trust me, each dish is a celebration of flavor, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking a delightful culinary experience!