EVERYTHING IS BIG AT THE COFFEE PASAL
Coffee Pasal is a relatively new establishment in the capital hub of Durbarmarg, but it’s becoming increasingly popular, increasingly fast. We’re guessing that has something to do with the pieces of heaven they serve on plates along with the splendid service.
It might seem like we’re overselling the place, but there are few other food joints in the country that is impressive as this. The aesthetically alluring three storey setting allows you to watch while they prepare your food and track it down as the friendly (and pretty) staff bring it to you. They’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head with Coffee Pasal. Here’s what you need to try when you get around to visiting this lovely eatery, and we suggest you make that visit as soon as possible.
When a club sandwich just isn’t big enough, you reach for the Quattro Sandwich. This four layered meaty goodness incorporates the best of sandwich desirables on one plate. You get your choice of bread ( brown, rye or whole wheat) to which you can add a generous patty of marinated grilled chicken, a healthy portion of fried eggs and delight of smoked ham, with a side bonus of coleslaw and ca-jun spiced fries, and you have a sandwich you don’t want to resist.
THE NEW YORK STYLE BURGER
Layers of savory goodness define this teetering delicacy that looks almost intimidating for a burger. Its sheer size will have you relishing in delicious fear. The massive towering heaped layers consist of mayo, mustard, fresh veggies, beet root, caramelized onions, cheese and juicy beef tenderloin held together by soft buns. Fried eggs and bacon also make their way into this massive jaw-breaker.
The burger is the hero of the dish, but the generous helping of Cajun spiced fries is the equally amazing side kick.
15 MINUTE SALADS
Still getting in shape for summer? Here are a few salad fixes that can help you along the way. And it won’t take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.
TANGY CHICKEN SALAD WITH POTATOES AND EGGS
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
The apple and cucumber are
entirely optional. Feel free to skip them.
Chicken Breast – 200 gm boiled, peeled and cut into pieces
2 medium sized Potatoes – boiled and chopped into bite size pieces
2 Eggs – boiled and cut into pieces
½ Apple – cubed
½ cup Cucumber, cubed
1 small sized onion – finely chopped
Olive oil – 3 tablespoons
Mayonnaise – 3 tablespoons
Mustard Sauce – 2 tablespoons
Lemon Juice (of 1 lemon) or White Vinegar (1 tablespoon)
Salt and Pepper to taste
DATE NIGHT MUSHROOM PASTA
250 grams Penne
100 grams Mushrooms
50 grams Cheddar Cheese
50 grams Butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Cook your penne, following the instructions on the package. Usually it’s around 10-12 minutes.
- Meanwhile have your mushrooms ready, by tossing them in a hot pan with some butter.
- Season with salt & freshly ground black pepper.
- When the pasta is ready, drain it and put it straight into the pan, without rinsing it.
- Quickly add the grated cheese and mix well for about 2-3 minutes, until it’s all melted.
- Drizzle more cheese if wanted.
- Serve hot.
About The Chef
Mr. Buddha N. Shrestha, Executive Chef, Coffee Pasal, is a maestro when it comes to putting up exquisite food. While he always had the passion for cooking, he took his professional training in commercial cooking in Melbourne, Australia. Having said that, he was involved in this profession since 1998. It was only after he completed his course that he continued in the profession from 2003. He worked in Australia till 2008. He has also spent five years in Dubai as a development chef for five international brands. When he returned in Nepal, he worked for Funky Budhha in Thamel after which he joined Coffee Pasal. While his training in commercial cooking has trained him to perfect every style of cooking, his specialty is European cuisine.
Photos: Bibhas Maharjan Suwal