Recently reopened after being rebuilt following earthquake damage, Bricks Cafe provides a classy but relaxed setting for tasty Nepali and continental food. Set back off busy Pulchowk in Lalitpur, the spacious old Newari house and garden is a peaceful place for an after-work drink or full meal.
To start, we ordered peanut sadeko. I can tolerate a reasonable amount of chilli spice, but sometimes find the enormous amounts in my favourite Nepali bar snack a bit overwhelming. At Bricks, the peanut sadeko was very tasty, but lacked any chilli whatsoever. At first I appreciated the ability to taste the peanuts, onion and coriander, but I soon wished they’d added a little bit of spice. My Nepali companion suggested that the chefs had seen that I am not Nepali and held off on the chilli. If true, it was a bit of a shame.
My companion and I were seated on a couch on the upstairs terrace overlooking the garden. An attractive feature of Bricks is the different seating spaces—the garden, the patio, on lounge chairs or at more formal tables inside. This means you can choose your own ambience, and that no two visits to Bricks need be the same.