June 25, 2017
Five years ago, Debendra Pokharel launched Cocina Mitho Chha, a “sustainable social enterprise”, located in Lazimpat. Situated just off Diplomatic Row, it’s a world unto itself – a haven from the bustle and noise of the metropolis surrounding it.
Debendra, originally from Gorkha, has established a fine restaurant with indoor-outdoor seating separated by a small garden. Flanking it is a seven-room bed and breakfast, the guests of which seem to have settled into the city for extended stays. The overall feeling is one of intimacy – of finding oneself in a family-run lodge with the inherent hospitality one might expect in a Gorkhan village. And what further distinguishes Cocina Mitho Chha from other places in the capital is that it provides hotel training for young people from local orphanages.
Courses are offered in Cooking, Food, Beverage and Barista service, Front Hotel Business Office Skills and Housekeeping. Courses are designed to last between 15 days & 6 months for up to 10 young people. All funds to support the running of the school and the scholarship program are raised from the restaurant and the B&B.
The results of the staff's efforts get to the yummy part. Cocina Mitho Chha’s menu offers freshly prepared food produced by Debendra’s organic greenhouse in the Valley and augmented by local produce.
The dishes are primarily Nepali, although immaculately prepared European and Asian dishes are recommended as well. Just ask Debendra and he’ll be delighted to show you around the kitchen and introduce you to his staff.
For Nepalis and Westerners alike, I strongly recommend popping into Cocina Mitho Chha for lunch...
...or, better yet, for a delicious leisurely dinner and drinks under an evening sky.
It’s the perfect setting – as casual as it gets! – for fine dining with family and friends, for kicking back in an unpretentious and soulful setting. It’s one of my favorite Nepali haunts.
For more information:
T: 977-01- 4428374
Facebook: Cocina Mitho Chha
Location: Neel Sarswoti Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu