Where food meets art

  • What’s not to like about an art café where the food is as good as the imaginative art on display— although it’s the former we are more interested in.
- Gaurav Pote, Kathmandu

Dec 25, 2015-

With the blockade still in place, the culinary scene in Kathmandu has taken a nosedive. The fuel is being rationed but still falling short, the perishables are starting to get expensive, and, consequently, the regular menu has become a thing of luxury, at even the most revered eateries. Blockade menus have been trending in the city for quite some time — a lean list of some popular comfort food and a few in-house specials.

But that’s hardly any reason to drive yourself nuts if you’re looking to grab some tasty bites around the city, because the shrinking menu also means the food joints get to focus on the limited items and deliver their best.

 Accessible location—opposite Sajha Fuel Station at Pulchowk–may just win BAC Art Café as your new favourite haunt this blockade. The twist, however, is its unique setup that sees a bustling café with an extension of art gallery that also provide co-working studio space for creative individuals, at an affordable price. The packages are offered on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with private lockers, unlimited tea service and a 20 percent flat discount on all food items. If, like me, you’re just a regular foodie, you can always take advantage of their lush green courtyard or go through their gallery, while you wait patiently for your order to arrive.


What We Had

Barbecued Chicken

 Chef Sagar Lama transforms ordinary chicken barbecue into something spectacular with rich marinade and special Nepali spice mix. Severed with a generous splash of barbecue sauce, chopped coriander and radish, you’ll get to devour perfectly charred, succulent pieces of chicken. The open fire lends a smokiness that is perfectly complemented by the seasoning that permeates deeply into the white meat.


Chicken Caesar Salad

I’ve never been a fan of cooked greens but the earthy allure of the fresh, crispy bed of green is hard to resist. The Caesar salad at BAC Art Café is no exception–the bowl of shredded lettuce topped with condiments is seasoned generously with lush balsamic dressing. Everything is arranged neatly and the carpet of green comes studded with crusty croutons, nuggets of creamy yak cheese and perfectly grilled, spiced chicken strips.

BAC Art Café

At the Bikalpa Art Center

Pulchowk, Lalitpur

Phone: 9851147776

Price Breakdown: 

Rs 600 – 1,200 for two depending on what you order.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

Specials: Documentary screening and discussions on Saturdays. Frequent events and live music. Refer to their Facebook page for regular updates.

Published: 25-12-2015 15:54

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