When the full moon rolled around on a Friday night, my wife and I decided we’d like to head to Boudhanath to see the stupa under the full moon. Of course, no evening outing would be complete without dinner so we reserved a table overlooking the stupa at Boudha Kitchen.
We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and found staff and table standing by. Boudha Kitchen is a fairly large, second floor restaurant with forty or so tables, but only five or six overlook the stupa. The maître d’ showed us to our table, clearly marked with a large table tent announcing “RESERVED”. The dining room is decorated in touristy Tibetan but seems clean and well-maintained.
A quick look at the menu revealed that Boudha Kitchen specialized in the commonly found “set meal”. Choices included Nepali, Chinese and Western. There’s also an a la carte menu that has many of the same items plus sandwiches and hamburgers. Not wanting to upset the apple cart by ordering a la carte, we settled on the set menu – Chinese and Nepali.
The food was unremarkable, but the real pleasure was watching crowds of pilgrims streaming by as they made clockwise rounds of the stupa. As we worked our way through dinner, a veil of clouds parted and the full moon peeked through. At that moment, we decided our trip to Boudha Kitchen had been worth the effort.
If you’re coming to Boudha Kitchen for dinner and want to have a view of the stupa, reservations are a must. Make sure to ask for a table next to the windows.
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