5 best vegetarian restaurants–not sweet shops–in Kathmandu

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Life as a vegetarian can be quite tough in Kathmandu if you like eating out. Firstly, the number of dishes available at normal restaurants are few and far between. Secondly, those that are available can get quite boring after a while.

Even though there are quite a few ‘pure vegetarian’ restaurants that also work as a sweet shop, they tend to be quite inconsistent with food as their prime focus tends to be sweets.

Today, we bring to you a list of vegetarian restaurants in the valley apart from places like Sajangoth, Angan and Sangam Sweets, which offers a menu that will spoil you for choices:

1. OR2K

Combo platter. Photo: OR2K

Given the place has been around for over two decades, it is hard to argue that it is Kathmandu’s best vegetarian restaurant. Serving vegetarian middle-eastern food along with continental and East Asian in a rustic atmosphere, OR2K will keep you coming back for more. Dunking falafels, nan bread and focaccia into their hummus or trying its pasta or crepes, you can’t go wrong at OR2K.

Pro tip – go for the falafel wrap.

Location: Thamel

2. Sarangi Vegetarian Restaurant

Vegan nachos with re-fried beans at Sarangi.

Saragani Vegetarian Restaurant not only caters for the needs of vegetarians but the place also has a wide range of options for vegans. Even though it served both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in its early days, today, the place serves only vegetarian food.

The restaurant offers a range of vegetarian dishes ranging from Nepali dal-bhat to Indian, Chinese and continental items. It also makes a range of dips like guacamole, hummus, beetroot and many more.

Location: Thamel

3. Forest and Plate

The Forest Salad at Forest and Plate

Forest and Plate is for those who love greens. You can choose from 15 varieties of salad options leaving you spoilt for choice. You can ask for the traditional Caesar or Greek salad or go for Mexican or the beets and goat cheese salad. If you want something holistic, go for its Forest salad which is a bowl full of surprise. Try their veggie platter too.

Location: Thamel

4. Utpala Cafe

Lacto-ovo vegetarian buffet for dinner at Utpala with famous Ratatouille and Scotch egg. Photo: Utpala Cafe

Utpala Cafe is a unique restaurant. Run by Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, a Buddhist monastery, the not-for-profit restaurant’s food menu is entirely vegetarian except for a few egg dishes. There are not a lot of food options, but the ones that are there are good enough to warrant your visit. Its breakfast options are great as you can either try their lentil patties or apple crumble pie. Nice and spacious, it is a place you should go to at least once. Its buffets are quite famous too.

Location: Bouddha

5. Aniyor Veg and Vegan Restaurant

Photo: Aniyor

The options on offer here are just incredible. Its Indian, Indo-Chinese, continental options will make you drool. It has some really interesting curry options like the Gujarati curry and palak and corn curry. But, the USP has to be the seitan dishes that are ideal if you are a vegan. It has seitan strips, seitan biryani along with chhoila and momo. You must be wondering what seitan is. Well, you need to go and find out.

Location: Thamel

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