|Lumbini Invitation 365 Restaurant|
Their menu was striking in terms of the availability of alcohol and the pricing of both booze and the food. A vegetarian Nepali Set Meal was only NPR 130 as compared to NPR 200 charged by Maitri and NPR 380 charged by Kudan. The vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian, Nepali, and Chinese snacks and curries all were marked less than other restaurants in Lumbini. Indian vegetarian curries cost between NPR 70 & 120 and non-vegetarian curries between 125 and 180. Veg noodles cost NPR 80 and Fried Fish NPR 125.
|Lumbini Bazar 365 Restaurant|
Surprisingly, 365's bar menu was larger than the other two restaurants I visited. They had not only Nepali and Indian spirits, but also international ones like J/W Black Label (NPR 350 for 60ml) and Teachers (NPR 220 for 60ml). All the possible brands of beer were there between NPR 250 and 300 per 650ml bottle. Even Tequila shots were on the menu starting at NPR 220 per shot. It looked like 365 was more of a bar than a restaurant. The booze was cheap and so was the food. See the menu below.
|Lumbini Invitation 365 Restaurant Food and Bar Menu|
I wanted a takeaway so I would be able to eat in my air-conditioned hotel room. I chose Tandoori Aloo Paratha with curd and it was not bad. In the name of staff, there was a single young boy in 365 Restaurant who disappeared after taking my order and returned after 15 minutes with my food packet. In his absence a couple of customers came and left, not willing to wait under those ceiling fans. May be it was temporary staff shortage or the restaurant was experiencing teething problems. Whatever it was, there is a serious need of a stand-alone restaurant in Lumbini and "Lumbini Invitation 365" has got the potential to fulfil that need if they keep their pricing intact and do some work on the service.
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|Posted by Narinder Singh|