Chow Bella, Hotel Akama’s new rooftop restaurant is all set to give Kathmandu the food experience of a lifetime
In a world where singularity of a subject is considered safe and usually the road taken, a cocktail of two utterly varying subjects can be quite exciting. Keeping in mind people’s hunger for something different and unique, Hotel Akama in Dhumbarahi is opening their restaurant- Chow Bella that has the best of both worlds! Inspired by the company’s tagline ‘A fusion of Luxury, heritage and hospitality,’ this restaurant offers a fusion of Chinese and Italian cuisines.
Setting foot inside Chow Bella transforms one into a different land altogether. The velvet chairs with hues of purple and maroon is a sharp contrast to the wooden floors and the rectangular chandelier which also works as a windchime! This combination of bland yet bold offers a regal look to the eatery. Located at the top of the hotel, the restaurant, through its big square windows, looks over the Kathmandu Valley. Both the hustle of the streets and the quiet of the hills are a view the customers will enjoy if seated for a wholesome meal here. What more! Aside from tables in the terrace the restaurant seats a single four chaired table at the edge of the restaurant! The thrill and excitement of dining in such a place along with privacy sets this feature apart from all!
When asked what inspired the dual theme of the restaurant, the Head Chef Sajjan Khanal said it was the lack of options people face when entering an eatery. “We wanted people to have more options in one place itself,” he said. Khanal specialises in Italian food. The Chinese chef, Jitendra Basnet, is a name all Nepali food connoisseurs know. With an experience in the hospitality industry for about 32 years, this chef seems to know his trade and has a passion for it too!
The chef recommends the following six dishes for a three-course meal at the restaurant, which will surely leave you full and happy.
With choices of vegetarian, non-vegetarian and shrimp, this classic salad serves as a light appetiser which can be prepared quickly and leave ample space for other meals. It comes with a side of garlic bread, perfect for light munching. Not to forget the healthy aspect of the dish. The dish can be shared between two people.
Risotto Mare Monte
An Italian favourite, this dish is for the sea food lovers. It inhabits in its rice base, salmon, prawn and calamari. Cooked with white wine and garnished with cheese and tomato sauce, you are bound to feel as if one has been transported to Italy and back! The dish can be shared between four people.
Smoked Ginger prawn
Another great option for sea food lovers is this elegant and simple dish which serves as a starter. Fresh prawns marinated with lemon and horseradish cream is best for those who want a slightly filling dish before digging into the main course! The dish can be shared between four people.
Formaggi De Rucula
If you love cheese and are in for livening your taste buds, this pizza is for you. A vegetarian option, this Italian classic is topped with four different types of cheese: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Gorgonzola and Feta cheese with a dash of Ruccola leaf! A bite into the soft crust of the pizza allows you to enter a cheese factory of pure joy! This dish is a must have here! The dish can be shared between four people.
If you are ever in need of a juicy and flavourful duck, this is the only place to go. The quantity is ample and this can serve as a good main course Chinese option. The taste leans toward the sweet honey side. The dish can be shared between four people.
You can call it a day and end the meal with a dessert which is a cherry on top. Literally! Served in a cocktail glass, this dessert is also a cocktail of cheese, cream, rum, sponge, chocolate and of course a cherry! This sweet dish will leave you satisfied and wanting more!
All dishes in the menu come with a detailed explanation of the ingredients hence ensuring the customer isn’t confused by the names. If you are in search for a quiet evening dinner with your family, this is the place to visit. The plush yet simple ambience along with a scenic view and a wholesome meal will leave you serene and satisfied!