Café Fika is one of the three restaurants run by brothers Ronak Giri and Shashank Giri. The café is situated on the ground floor of the building that also houses Hyderabad House (on the first floor) and Novu Restaurant (on the second floor).
“The way we’ve differentiated between the three eateries is by focusing on a different cuisine for each one,” says Ronak Giri explaining that Café Fika serves French and European dishes, Hyderabad House serves Indian food and Novu serves Chinese and Japanese continental cuisine.
The three restaurants are also different in terms of their interior as the decor of each eatery represents the kind of food they specialize in. Café Fika has a very modern and minimalistic décor, one that resembles European cafes.
The café’s menu is a mix of the conventional breakfast/brunch menu and a few experimental dishes they have come up with themselves. Besides this, the cafe also has a few healthy items on their menu—which Giri mentions have been included because healthy eating has been a trend among people lately and because it’s a positive trend, he wants to encourage more people to jump on the bandwagon.
All in all, I would say Café Fika is a pleasant place to hang out at. And because it serves a good variety of breakfast and brunch food, you can eat what you are in the mood for, without having to compromise.
Café Mocha Price: Rs 200
If you are looking for a perfect winter drink but don’t want to try something completely new and out of your comfort zone, I’d recommend the Café Mocha at this eatery. The Café Mocha at Café Fika tastes like your standard Mocha but it’s made just right. I personally really liked the thick creamy texture of the drink. And, it’s also not excessively sweet—a major plus for those counting calories.
Chia Seed Pudding
Price: Rs 250
If you want a pick me up snack, try the Chia Seed Pudding at Café Fika. It’s a light dish that is surprisingly filling. It isn’t very sweet as it contains no sugar but the spoonful of honey added to the pudding complements its taste. I also liked the somewhat squishy texture of cooked chia seeds and the strawberry slices on top gave the simple dish a burst of freshness.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie
Price: Rs 325
The chocolate brownie at Café Fika is surprisingly healthy. According to Giri, there is no added sugar in this dessert—instead, the brownie gets its sweetness from dates. It’s also a vegan recipe that doesn’t use dairy milk. The brownie is served with a topping of vanilla ice cream and is soft and chewy. Unlike most brownies that you get around town, this one isn’t very dry.
Price: Rs 400
Eggs Benedict is a brunch classic that is featured in Café Fika’s menu in the ‘All time favorite’ segment. It’s a heavy and filling dish which uses brioche bread as the base with bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce with sautéed spinach on top and a side of salad. They haven’t used many additional spices and have instead let the ingredients play up their individual flavors and balance the overall taste of the dish as a whole. I would go as far as to say that it’s perhaps the best Eggs Benedict I’ve tried in Kathmandu till date.
Price: Rs 210 (per pot)
Café Fika uses their in-house tea leaves for all of their teas. Giri’s father runs a tea farm in Jhapa which produces what has apparently been called the ‘Best Tea in Nepal’ for over a decade and Giri uses those tea leaves at Café Fika. I really liked Café Fika’s Masala tea and I’m saying this as someone who avoids tea on all occasions. It has no sugar and the blend of spices with the tea leaves tastes great. It’s a perfect drink for winter.
Price: Rs 450
Croque Madame is a French breakfast that is filled with bacon, cheese, classic béchamel sauce and topped with an egg, sunny side up. Café Fika serves it with a side of salad, mayonnaise and sauce. It’s a very filling dish that has a hard texture (of bread) giving you a satisfying crunch every time you bite into it. It’s also another one of Café Fika’s healthier breakfast options that uses either brown or multi-grain bread instead of white bread.
Tuna Avocado Tartare
Price: Rs 595
Tuna Avocado Tartare is a Café Fika special dish that falls under the appetizer section of their menu. The dish simply consists of freshly marinated tuna with avocado. Giri mentions that since fresh tuna is very difficult to procure in Nepal, Café Fika imports frozen tuna for this dish. The Tuna Avocado Tartare tastes fresh, is a little spicy and very high in protein and healthy fats.
Café Fika Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Additional charges: 13% VAT
Delivery: Available (except for items on the breakfast menu)