Monday, May 20, 2013

Foodie Blog -- RoadHouse Cafe, Bhatbhateni

All the opinions are entirely mine and hopefully, few others who are reading this can post their view as well in here for the review.

After a gap of about 2 months, we had a small lunch session yesterday at the RoadHouse Cafe in Bhatbhateni. The occasion was to mark Bunny's Birthday bash. Me and a couple of family went for the lunch. Firstly, I am a big fan of RoadHouse Cafe.  The Crispy Potato Skin always allured me no matter whether I am hungry or not. But same was not the case yesterday.

Due to Rastriya Prajatantra Party(RPP)'s closed session, reaching there was hectic with all the traffic chaos. I don't know why the Danthes' & Traffic Dai's turn their eyes away as soon as there is something with the political figures. The guard there had to ask where we were going before he even opened up the gate for motorcycle parking. Guess he is quite fed up with all the parking done by the Karyekartas of RPP.

The feel-good ambiance of the RoadHouse Cafe certainly calm me down. After a couple of minutes, the waiter came up with the regular menu. One thing I would like to comment at this point is: even after coming to sit at the table, I can't believe the waiter didn't serve us even a glass of water. I think this is too commercialization of the restaurant. After going through the menu, though I know by heart what to order and what not to from there, we ordered 1 Crispy Skin potato, 1 Ham and Pineapple Pizza, 1 Cesar wrap without Bacon, 2 cokes and 1 Vanilla Shake.

The cutlery arrived nice and clean. 

Normally to date, I have to wait for more than 15 minutes for our orders to arrive and normally they arrive as entree, main and desert. But to our dismay, everything arrived at once. So when we were having our Potato Skin, the pizza has gone cold. Even the Crispy Potato Skin was not so crispy. It was kindda soggy which made it gross. The Ham and Pineapple had not much pineapple. So after a couple of slices, I dropped it. The major disappointment was the Cesar wrap. It was sorta like Pig food. Some spinach, cold chicken salad dressing wrapped in the 'maida ko roti'. Yuckk...even though the portion was not large, three of us couldn't finish it.

Dismayed, we instead order up the RoadHouse Chicken wings. I knew about them as I had already ordered it before today. The numbers of it has increased which is a pleasure. I had the disappointment of ordering it and coming only 5 wings on my plate once. 

After that, we order Sizzling Brownies which are the best I have ever tasted in the whole of Kathmandu valley till date. But the disappointment continued with the Brownie being very pasty. We couldn't even finish it. The supposedly Hot Chocolate seems to be directly made from the canned powder and felt like eating Lacto chocolate.

It has been an under experience for all of us. With such hype, I seriously think they should have maintained their wholesome experience. I will be most certainly back but now not with it being one of my favorite restaurant.

Next Stop, Little Italy.
Saturday, May 18, 2013

My trek to Kangin Gumpa, Langtang in October 2003

Day 1 - October 19th, 2003
0800 hrs - Left the premises of the hotel.
0930 hrs - Some Sight seeing on the way
1200 hrs - Lunch at Trishuli bazaar
0300 hrs - Arrived at Ramche bazaar
               - Walked for 1 hour (massive landslide of about 1 KM )

0600 hrs - First Stop after walking for nearly 3 hours. Hotel Tibet Mountain View, Dhunche. 2000 mtrs above sea level.

Day 2 - October 20th, 2003
0630 hrs - Woke up early in the morning. Had Tea and prepared for the next walk.
0820 hrs - Left Hotel towards Syabroo
1000 hrs - Rest at a small tea stall, had a pack of biscuit. Saw Jhumki (a cross between Yak and Cow) for the first time in my life.
1215 hrs - Lunch hour
1300 hrs - Left the group early to reserve hotel room in Hotel Peace.
At the way, saw Ban Khukhura (Wild Chickens) and Baboons.

Day 3 - October 21st, 2003
0800 hrs - Left hotel and had a 2 hour hike. Met Army personals on the way. They were in civil dress and I freaked out thinking they were Maoist.
1000 hrs - Lunch at Bamboo hotel. The river and the location made in a paradise. It was Serene Nirvana.
1100 hrs - Left Bamboo Hotel for Rimche. Most exhausting walk of the day.
1405 hrs - Reached Rimche. Had afternoon snacks. Rendezvous point for all of us after the tiring climb.

Day 4 - October 22nd, 2003
Guman chock Elevation 2770 mts.
Climate was little cold.
Reached Ghode Tabala after a short hike. Met with a National Park checkpost. Elevation 3048 mts. The place was like the forbidden jungle from the famous movie Harry Potter.
Reached Thangsyap, lunch at Hotel Buddha. Altitude - 3200 mtrs.
Reached Langtang, final stop at Hotel Eco. Altitude - 3500 mtrs. Had dinner with Yak Steak and stew. Yum it was tasty.

Day 5 - October 23rd, 2003

  • Left Hotel at 8 am.
  • Shortest route of the trek.
  • Had break for a couple of time with nice and wide roads.
  • Arrived at Kyanjin Gompa at the midday. Altitude 3749 mtrs.
  • Nice place to arrive.
  • After lunch, had a short hiking to a mountain of about 200 mtrs.
  • The whole day was tensed after a girl from our group went missing.
  • Rajesh dai and Narayan sir has gone to search. She arrived and they went missing. :-(
  • We had our share of 'Bheda ko Masu' - Lamb chops though it was meant for another trekking group. :D
  • Very cold at the night. I can see the snow falling in the Langtang Himal through my bedroom. Majestic scene as if the mountain has changed into Golden yellow color.
Day 6 - October 24th, 2003
  • Woke up at 0430 hrs for the trip to Chyarkhuri Peak. Alt 4800 mtrs
  • We walk and walk and walk but I just couldn't reach the peak. 
  • Fear of altitude sickness and the narrow paths didn't help.
  • Once place, I had to walk with all my four limbs. If someone had captured it in the movie stills, it would have been hilarious. The running Yaks made life difficult.
  • Had cheese and Garlic all the way so that there is no altitude sickness.
  • Finally after 8 hrs of trek, reached the peak. Even a slight wind brought a heap of snow on the face. Loving it.
  • Had already made up my mind that I won't be returning the way I came. Was too afraid. Thankfully, Tirtha our sherpa told us that there is an easier way down from the Tibet side. Phew.