I love surprises only if they are pleasant. So last Friday, when somebody asked me out on a lunch date, I was surprised but still not sure if I loved the surprise. I was to love it however when she drove into the gardens of Vesper Café.

 

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Where’s it located?
The Restaurant Road, Jhamsikhel (enter from the Fire Brigade and it’s the second eatery
to your right) Call 5548179
What to wear?
Conservative suits
Why drop in?
For the Continental fare
When to visit?
Early lunch till late dinner
How much to carry?
The date lunch cost me
Rs. 1,500 with taxes.


Spacious, medieval and laid- back is what Vesper is. It is di- vided into a sun-bathed patio and a cooler inside. The patio is done in orange bricks with black wooden furniture comple- mented by amber upholstery. The patio umbrellas are well- positioned and I love the garden – eclectic and well-maintained collection of flowering and non- flowering plants. The portion under the roof is creatively seg- regated into a tiny bar, an iso- lated block of settee and other creative arrangements amidst the fireplace, the (deliberately) unfinished walls and the false ceiling (my only turn-off). Only
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moments after we had oc- cupied one of the sun-kissed tables and placed the order did we real- ize that we had ordered not an ap- petizer but a glutton’s muse. The Goat Cheese Salad comes with home-made mustard dressing. It’s sweet, salty and sour; the herbs and grasses are fresh and crunchy; and the appeal is welcoming. I love the Rocket and the combination of red onion rings with Parmesan and green pep- pers in the mustard. The soft goat cheese atop the bread is slightly herbed and spiced and is an amus- ing break from the regular.

As we furthered our Conti- nental palates, we ordered Spa- ghetti Bolognaise and Chicken Parmezano for the main course. The spaghetti is boiled to perfec- tion and it retains the warmth beneath the rich sauce in which the mince is cooked. The mild spices and delectable herbs cre-positioned and I love the garden – eclectic and well-maintained collection of flowering and non- flowering plants. The portion under the roof is creatively seg- regated into a tiny bar, an iso- lated block of settee and other creative arrangements amidst the fireplace, the (deliberately) unfinished walls and the false ceiling (my only turn-off). Only moments after we had oc- cupied one of the sun-kissed tables and placed the order did we real- ize that we had ordered not an ap- petizer but a glutton’s muse. The Goat Cheese Salad comes with home-made mustard dressing. It’s sweet, salty and sour; the herbs and grasses are fresh and crunchy; and the appeal is ate a gastronomic allure, which is hard to resist. The Chicken Par- mezano is chicken slabs browned in a skillet and topped with ham, aubergine and peppers which are then covered in a melt of Par- mesan Cheese. It is accompanied by fries and spiced green salad. I love the sauce – luscious, sticky and brilliant in color

No better way to wrap up a lunch than with a satiating des- sert. The heavenly slice of apple pie is topped with a dollop of va- nilla ice cream and raisins dipped in a lavish downpour of chocolate sauce. The base is thin and the sides beautiful. The sweetness is balanced by the chopped walnuts. It’s pleasantly cool and the cinna- mon is one reason why you should settle for it for dessert.

About the date, we ended up fighting (for the apple pie). Thankfully, we don’t need to issue a verdict yet. !

 

Furnishings   Appealing upholstery, indoor settee could be more comfy
Ambience   Generates a pleasant laid-back feel
Dining wares   Wise selection of dining wares, I love them
Cutlery   Seem to have been used a lot
Service   personalized, well-mannered, welcoming and unimposing
Restroom   Calm and clean, I love the wall tiles