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“Lovely place for lunch/dinner and nearby high end shopping”
Review of chez caroline

chez caroline
Ranked #32 of 747 Restaurants in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $60
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Asheville, North Carolina
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely place for lunch/dinner and nearby high end shopping”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

If you are backpacking your way around Nepal with $10 a day for food and accommodation, hit the back browser on your computer. Babal Mahal Revisted and Chez Caroline are not for you! If, however, you are looking for a European style lunch in a courtyard setting, this is a delightful place to end up for lunch or dinner. Some expats claim it is the best restaurant in Kathmandu (opinions differ) but everyone rates right up there in the top 10! For me as a vegetarian, I didn't drool from the mouth at the menu. The onion tart with salad was tasty and I finished with a capuccino and shared the dessert platter with girl friends which included a wonderfully fresh blackcurrant sorbet and a lemon tart. Last time I was there, I had the creme brulee - also a winner. For me, however, it is the service that is 5 star. It is SO hard in Kathmandu to find good efficient service, you can despair. Service here is efficient and with a smile and comes in 3 languages - Nepali, English and French!
Chez Caroline isn't cheap - for what I consider a 'simple lunch' (onion tart, side salad, aforementioned shared desserts and a coffee, no alcohol) bill was $15 each.
But if you can afford to eat here, you can afford to shop in the surrounding precinct - known as Babar Mahal Revisted. (If getting a taxi, it is near to the Supreme Court - From there go to the huge roundabout 200 metres (?) south and just ask someone! There being no road names, its impossible to be more accurate). Baba Mahal Revisted- I have asked TA if I can do a separate review so can explain more about the shops - but briefly - you can have a pleasant hour or more here. There is a dress shop (Wonder Fab), a wood carving shop, brass and other metal souvenirs, Silver jewellery (Javana) and high end souvenirs incl jewellery from India (Naya Pasal). Combine it with food at Chez Caroline and you're in for a delightful afternoon!

  • Visited October 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“French bistro with beautiful courtyard”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Chez Caroline is a French bistro popular with expats in Kathmandu. The staff all speak French and the food is a treat if you've been traveling and are craving classic French dishes like steak frites, salad with goat's cheese, and real desserts.

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank brione b
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Beautiful Setting--Great Food”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

The food here is exceptionally tasty- If you want a nice night out with your sweetheart or want to impress clients--this is definitely the place. Everything down to the little side salad is exquisite. Its set in Barbarmahal -- An old Rana Palace

Visited September 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Its Doeable If You Are Not Too Fussy ...”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Like many French place they charge top price. Not all deliver. Understand how this country works. Foreign chefs can't get a job here. There training is local.

The place is nice enough if you go for the out door area, but they encourage smoking. How non enlightened as it does not improve you food appreciation.

I will go there mainly with other and its doable, but pick simple things. I made the mistake of choosing squid or calamari and sent it back. It was still over cooked. Cut to a small size it cooks in 30 seconds in a hot pan. The chefs have never tried it and as locals cant afford it.

A real French chef would have fired the guy who did it immediately. In this country you have to employ locals even if they are bad. No wonder progress is nearly invisible.

  • Visited September 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Best Salad in Kathmandu”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

The place has probably the best food in Kathmandu, but it is really expensive. Mostly Expats and Diplomats can be found eating in the beautiful setting of an old Rana Palace - which is as such a must to visit.

I usually go there if I am really fed up by too much dal bhat and do need some perfect french salads or other treats.

Visited August 2012
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