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!