Wednesday, July 13, 2011

KTM Espresso

There's a new coffee shop in town.

KTM Espresso, located in Naxal just north of Nag Pokhari, opened last week. We were excited to try this spot after noticing its slick logo and tip off from our observant friend Jenara.

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Inside, there is slick decor to match.

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More white on white.

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Even cooler than the decor? Air-conditioning! This is a rare treat in Kathmandu, where AC units are few and far between and restaurant owners are reluctant to use them.

We scanned the menu.

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Drink prices at KTM Espresso are 50% higher than at Himalayan Java, the gold standard for coffee in Kathmandu. At KTM Espresso, a cup of fresh brewed coffee is 90 rupees, and an Americano is 110 rupees. Blended drinks, if those are your thing, are about 180 rupees.

The menu offers some breakfast items, which you can order ala carte or in a set meal for about 300 rupees. They also have a small selection of sandwiches and salads, ranging from 150 to 250 rupees.

Because we are going caffeine free these days, we skipped the coffee. Instead, Brian ordered a slice of carrot cake, which looked like the best item in the display case.

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And it was good. A moist dessert is always a welcome surprise in Kathmandu, where baked goods err on the side of dry as a brick. It was not the best carrot cake in the world (I mean, can we even call it carrot cake when it does not have cream cheese icing?), but it was very tasty in its own right.

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We think KTM Espresso is doing an excellent job of hitting the sleek style mark that is rare for cafes in Kathmandu. It even offers to-go cups with its bright logo.

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But it loses points on other counts. For one, the coffee is overpriced. Two, the advertised wi-fi is not free. [Update: the wireless internet is now free! See the comment below from KTM Espresso].

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To access wi-fi you have to pay 1000 rupees for a year-long membership. This membership also gets you a 10% discount on all of your purchases, but those savings would not add up fast. It seems rather silly to pay for a wi-fi membership in a city where many establishments offer it for free. And finally, KTM Espresso does not have bathrooms that are on par with its style and prices. Enough said.

Kathmandu friends, give KTM Espresso a try and tell us what you think. We're particularly wondering about the coffee. Not that we miss it or anything.

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