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Patan (Lalitpur)

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Review of Cafe Swotha

Cafe Swotha
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: French, Healthy, Cafe
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Café Swotha is the restaurant of our now famous Boutique guest-house "Traditional Homes- Swotha". A quiet and peaceful oasis in the heart of historical Patan, just behind Durbar Square.Fresh and organic food from the daily market, small fixed menu and revolving blackboard menu where our Chef flexes his creative muscles. Café Swotha welcomes you for All-day breakfasts, lunch, tea break (try the most famous cheese cake in town!), and dinner. From 7am to 9pm- Free WIFI
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were taken here by our guide - it’s a lovely small cafe. We had a bit of a communication problem with the waitstaff - they didn’t speak English very well - or we were not clear when we ordered. The food was good but we did not get what we ordered. But the fries were great! Our guide loved the local fare - we did not. But when traveling you sometimes just have to go with the flow.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2020

We were really looking forward to returning to Cafe Swotha after our stay in Traditional Homes Swotha back in 2013 when we pretty much had most of our meals here. We were delighted to see that the dining room is still intimate and modern, with both an indoor and outdoor area. The service is still warm, discrete and professional.

We visited twice for dinner during this stay. On our first visit, we had the mezze plate to start with and I had a vegetarian gnocchi dish (with olive and tomato sauce) and my partner had Spaghetti Swotha, which also has a tomato and olive sauce but features walnuts. The mezze plate was okay but the combination of deli items (cheese, olives) with the hot potatoes, chickpeas and more spiced items was a little odd. The gnocchi were homemade and plump, soft and very tasty! My partner also liked his spaghetti but we thought the gnocchi was a stand out. The house white was a sauvignon blanc - okay but nothing special. Unfortunately the atmosphere was somewhat tainted by a group of three people who were dining together but all on their phones - one was on speaker phone at a very loud volume! Not at all the restaurant's fault. Dinner which included one shared entree (mezze), two pasta dishes and two alcoholic drinks cost us about 4000 Rs.

On the second visit we had momo kothey to start, and then the Nepali thali (dal bhat). The momos were delicious, served with two sauces, and a generous portion. The Nepali thali was nice - we loved the addition of fresh fruit and delicious yoghurt/curd - but the curries were not the tastiest curries we have had. We really missed the crispy papad that we got on our visit years ago and that is usually standard on a good dal bhat - bring it back please! This time to drink we opted for beer rather than wine and liked the variety. Our fellow diners were much more considerate so no loud phones, but it was a pretty quiet night so there were only two other tables occupied. The thalis are 975 Rs each plus service plus tax, so dinner cost us just over 4600 Rs (one entree, two mains, three beers).

Overall, I would say this is a good option for dining near Durbar Square - it is modern, chic, clean and there is a choice of European and Nepalese dishes, so it is bound to keep everyone happy. The food was not as tasty as we recalled but perhaps the memories were better than reality! It is one of the more expensive places to eat in Patan, but the gnocchi dish is worth the visit.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

We ate breakfast here every day for 2 weeks. The service is excellent and the breakfast is great value for Patan and delicious. I loved the muesli and the omelette was also very good. The masala omelette is good if you like chillies. One evening we had the Nepali thali and it was one of the best I’ve had in Nepal plus really well priced. I had the gnocchi twice - really good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2019

Cafe Swotha has a nice 'out of the way' location and a very good menu selection. The food quality was some of the best that we had while in Patan.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

My partner and I visited here for both breakfast and lunch and were happy each time, enjoying some of the various vegetarian options. A slightly more formal dining experience than what we have experienced thus far.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank L0CH13
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