Roadhouse Café is a staple for tourists and expats in Kathmandu. In fact, it was one of the first restaurants my wife and I ate in when we arrived in Kathmandu over a year ago. There are four Roadhouse Café locations: Thamel, Boudha, Jhamsikhel and Bhatbhateni. Roadhouse’s thing is pizza, and the pizza’s not bad. On this day, however, we only wanted a snack so we decided to split a grilled beef sandwich at the Roadhouse’s Thamel location.
We like the Roadhouse in Thamel as it has a nice outdoor seating area in a courtyard behind the restaurant. Don’t expect to bask in the local culture at Roadhouse. It is, instead, a refuge for westerners and westernophiles who want a temporary escape from the bedlam of Kathmandu’s busy streets. Ordinarily, the courtyard is a quiet place, but on this day, it was practically a party. Dozens of tourists, recently off the trail or newly arrived crowded the restaurant. Several large groups arrived and departed as we enjoyed the early October sun. Despite the crowds, everything worked well. Waiters took orders in a businesslike manner and our food arrived after a reasonable wait. One nice touch: We told the waiter we were going to share the sandwich and, instead of one sandwich cut in two, we were pleasantly surprised when the waiter delivered two small sandwiches!
If you’re hankerin' for pizza and beer, Roadhouse is a good choice. You won’t be disappointed.
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