Imagine good food in a cozy setting. Imagine doughnuts dripping in chocolate and cream. Think The Workshop Eatery. On a quiet street of Bakhundole, Lalitpur, is a small eatery that serves great food and unparalleled doughnuts. The Workshop Eatery has been in operation since the year 2015 and they have been charming the urban populace of the city with their food.
Sangam Piya, proprietor of The Workshop Eatery, is the brain and the force behind the eatery. A graduate of the London College of Engineering and Management, Piya wished to apply his expertise and experiences of working at a burger chain in his home country to reset the perceived standards of good food and deliver that to the Nepali people.
The menu focuses mainly on Mexican and mainstream American food. “Our plan was to make Mexican food preservatives free. We believe in creating everything from scratch that is why our customers appreciate and love the effort we put in,” says Piya adding that it’s a lot of hard work and it’s especially challenging since their space is very limited. But Piya mentions that despite it they try their best to make every product stand out and give their customers something unique and authentic, something that they would get in the southern part of the United States. “We want people to see the creation process of the food they so love right before them so that they know we have nothing to hide,” he explains.
It’s been a difficult three years, the owner admits, what with the economic blockade right after a massive earthquake and them just starting out. However, through the sheer power of will and the customer’s never ceasing support, The Workshop Eatery has not only survived but thrived with them aiming more than ever to deliver top notch quality food that is to the liking of their customers every single time.
A special mention goes to their doughnuts. You just can’t miss them and Piya wholeheartedly agrees, “The doughnuts are our stars. The moment you bite into them you know that they have got all the things that you want or even wish in a good doughnut. They are rich, fluffy, and indulging,” he explains adding that they make their own dough and do not use pre-mixes.
“We also make our own custards and jams which isn’t the case in most doughnuts that use store bought jams that contain lots of sugar, chemicals and artificial flavors all of which are hazardous to your health. We try different combinations and try to create unique flavor profiles,” he says. There’s no questioning why customers hailing from all over the country (most mentionable, Pokhara) are found devouring doughnuts after doughnuts in un-breaking sprees in the solo outlet of the eatery.
They don’t intend on remaining solo for long though. With them soon opening for breakfast services, they are also in plans of launching a brand new outlet. They do, however, wish to take it slow as good things only come with time and patience, “We aim to create a valuable product and make it sustainable. This is what we believe in, creating something noble and valuable for the future,” he says.
The reach has been exceptional with tons of good feedback and The Workshop Eatery has garnered a lot of loyal customers in the years it has been in operation. And Piya says that it is this goodwill that they value the most and The Workshop Eatery team will work harder than ever to ensure they maintain it.
Cheese Fries, Rs. 295
Cheese and fries, you can never go wrong with this duo. They were meant to be together. At The Worskshop Eatery you get a good amount of soft salted fries with a heavy dip of cheddar cheese. The dip has a velvety smooth texture and a hint of spice to tantalize your taste buds. And no pleading on our part will coerce the makers into letting us onto their little secret of how they do it. For now, revel in the heaviness and softness of the cheese fries as the taste of the mélange coaxes away all memories of once-cherished foodstuffs.
Triple Chocolate Doughnut
All you chocolate lovers, unite! Remember the first time you had chocolate? Couldn’t get enough of it, could you? You wanted more but your mother denied you just another bar. Worry not, here’s more chocolate than you can handle. The soft doughnut encases a puddle of melted chocolate. It’s then glazed with a thick layer of chocolate ganache and, hold your heart, crowned with a hand full of dark chocolate chips. Each bite is an overwhelming influx of chocolate with the sweetness of the doughnut working its magic on the side. The only complain you may have is that you never know when it’s gone. No wonder this is the bestseller among all the doughnuts they have at The Workshop Eatery.
Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? We do. Maybe you do too. The eatery makes some of the best burgers in the valley and the cheeseburger isn’t too far off either. The patty is tender and juicy and a cent percent pure buffalo meat. The sauce (a signature workshop sauce) is just the right balance of tanginess and heaviness. Sandwiching it is the bun, buttered and lightly toasted, nice and soft. There’s a plethora of ingredients but nothing overpowers the flavor of the other ingredients. The iceberg lettuce, tomato, and the American cheese further make it a good bite. Isn’t that all we’re asking for?