“घरमा अली कती पिरो भयो भने करौउने अनी पाटनमा गएर होनाचाको पिरो आलु खादा केही नहुने ?” (If there’s only a bit of spicy food at home, you’ll complain, but when you go to Patan for spiced potatoes, won’t you complain at all?)
Honacha is a local restaurant in Lalitpur, Nepal, with a long history of serving traditional Newari food and local drinks. 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 like a “दिखावट पर मत जाओ, अपना अकल लगाओ।” (Don’t be fooled by appearances, use your mind). It’s tucked away behind the famous Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square. The delicious smells from the kitchen will catch your attention.
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.
Whether you’re a food lover looking for new flavors or a traveler exploring Patan Durbar Square, the flavors and aromas of Honacha’s Newari cuisine will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and memory. After enjoying food and drinks at Honacha, take an hour to explore the beauty of the Heritage Site, Patan Durbar Square.”