A wonderful new restaurant to appeal to all the adventurous gourmets amongst us…
Recently a new restaurant popped up on my radar, which I’ve been hearing very positive things about: The Bent Fork. And while I was eager to pay it a visit, I was a little worried that it might not be as good as I’d heard. Do you know what? It was even better than I had imagined it would be!
The Bent Fork is a delightful little restaurant tucked away down an alley inside Heranya Hotel. The building is over 120 years old but has been carefully and lovingly restored; inside, the restaurant area is both artsy and rustic and easy to relax and feel comfortable in. There’s also a patio for those who prefer an outside seating on these warmer days.
How’s the Food?
There is certainly a lot of choice here: the menu is spread across a playfully designed flip book, a large chalkboard covering an entire wall, and a small stand board announcing the weekly specials.
Ayesha Lissanevitch is the owner and creative force behind this space, which I was surprised to find, has been open since July 2015. She develops the recipes herself and her love of food is clear when talking with her, as is her desire to bring something a little different to the Kathmandu dining scene. The specials change each week—as Ayesha had just returned from a trip to Thailand and Myanmar when we spoke, this weeks’ specials are Asian influenced, like Thai Salad and Green & Yellow Curries, using ingredients she brought back from her trip. Ayesha is also trying to promote healthy food choices, and sources all her vegetables from organic farms.
If you’re a salad lover and have become a little bored with the usual salads on offer in most restaurants in the city, this is where you need to come—the salad section of the menu is huge. We began our meal with the Post Workout Salad, which is, to put it simply, unlike any other salad I’ve ever eaten in Nepal. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, oranges, chickpeas, flax seeds, almonds, cranberries, grilled chicken…how’s that for an amazing ingredient list for just one dish? As my dining companion exclaimed, “Orange, red, yellow, green—this is a spring salad full of colours!” If you want something healthy without sacrificing taste, you will not be disappointed—and there are a lot of veggie-only salads, too.
The second dish we tasted was the Garlic Prawn Pasta. I admit that I was a little hesitant about this, as I’m very particular about pasta and was afraid that it wouldn’t measure up. But it ended up being our absolute favourite dish of the day: the sauce was delightful, creamy and cheesy with lemon, capers and chilli that added a gentle bite. The lemon-chilli-cream combination just blew me away, and it was topped with delicious, perfectly cooked prawns. The dish was so good we were scraping the plate with our forks because we didn’t want to miss a single bit of the tasty sauce.
After the pasta we had the Steak with Mushroom Sherry Sauce, which is served with mashed potatoes and salad. I was impressed by the generous portioning of this dish, and the meat was cooked just right—tender and juicy; this is a rich and satisfying meal that will certainly appeal to meat lovers.
We thought we’d eaten all we possibly could when Ayesha showed up with an attractively plated dessert. “What’s it called?” I asked her. “I don’t name my desserts,” she said, “because I’m always changing them up and making new things every day.” Today’s sweet treat was a light, fluffy vanilla cake in a pool of creamy custard and whipped cream, topped with chopped fresh strawberries. It was so delicious that even though we thought we had no room left we ate every bite.
What’s there to Drink?
There are lots of options for beverages here, both alcoholic and booze-free – we enjoyed some great mint lemonade, as well as the seasonably available strawberry lemonade, which was so good and refreshing. If you enjoy alcohol, you should try one of their signature cocktails—we loved the aptly named Long Drive: three kinds of alcohol blended to sweet tasty perfection and served in a salt-rimmed glass which worked so well to balance the sweetness. If you’re in a group, you could also try one of their Bacardi Pitchers – there are several choices available and they’re perfect for sharing on these hot evenings as we welcome early summer.
There were so many good things to try here that I know I will be back—there’s a great looking breakfast menu, and I’m eager to try their signature burger on my next visit – I’ve heard it’s awesome. The Bent Fork is a place to go for excellent, quality food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, make sure you check it out.