Great Vegetarian Food, Great Ambiance at "OR2K" Restaurant Kathmandu

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OR2K, or "Light to Kathmandu", is the name of a wonderful vegetarian restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu. There are actually three parts of this name: OR-2-K. "OR" means "Light" in Hebrew language and 2-K means "To Kathmandu". OR2K is located on the right side after entering Mandala Street near Kathmandu Guest House. Both Kathmandu Guest House and Mandala Street are well known in Thamel. Even if you have to ask directions, most people there know about them. OR2K's phone number is 4422097. Before I talk about the food they serve, let us know about the "foreign management" of OR2K. The two people who started this restaurant in the year 2000 are Iris Ahuva and Addie Loebinger, both from Israel. They created the special environment of this restaurant and ensured that they served only clean and nutritious food. To elaborate, before cooking, OR2K staff soak fresh vegetables in water with iodine and then wash them with boiled filtered water. In the pictures below, you will see that guests here sit comfortably on the floor covered with carpets and cushions, have low and wide tables in front of them, get to use free wifi and can be in the restaurant for as long as they want. I guess the restaurant will even let a guest take an afternoon nap here. The menu is almost (not 100%) vegetarian because some preparations contain eggs. But the use of eggs is mentioned in the menu wherever applicable. The restaurant opens daily from 9.00am to 11.00pm. Keep reading for more on the food and pricing...

OR2K Vegetarian Restaurant Mandala Street Thamel Kathmandu

Dining Room

Dining Area of OR2K Restaurant in Mandala Street Thamel Kathmandu

OR2K Restaurant in Mandala Street Thamel Kathmandu Dining Area

OR2K Menu

OR2K Kathmandu Middle East Menu

OR2K Kathmandu Italian Menu 

OR2K's menu is divided into hot & cold drinks, wines & spirits, breakfast (which is served till 4.00pm), sandwiches, soups & salads, fried snacks (like pakoda), toasts, Italian (Pizza/Pasta), Thai & Nepali, Middle Eastern (Burek, Hummus), Western, Desserts, & more. A simple Nepali meal here costs NPR 370 that includes vegetable curry, dal, rice, pickles, salad, & curd. A banana porridge costs NPR 210, Honey Pancakes NPR 205, California Salad NPR 325, Mexican Beans Soup NPR 225, 3-Cheese Toast NPR 320, Goat Cheese Pizza NPR 525, Cheese Burek NPR 390, a beer NPR 390, and Apple Pie with Ice Cream NPR 330. These are very reasonable prices considering the size of the servings and the quality of the food.

Potato Burek & Iced Tea

Potato Burek at OR2K Restaurant Thamel Kathmandu

Iced Tea at OR2K Restaurant Thamel Kathmandu

Just look at this rather huge potato Burek. It was a meal in itself and cost just NPR 390. The Iced Tea was nice too at NPR 125. Iloved this meal and would like to try their entire menu no matter how many visits it takes to OR2K. What a place.

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