Nepal gets its first Thai café

THAI food is set to breach yet another citadel with the opening of the first branded outlet in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu next month.

Unveiling another branch of Mango Chilli Café at Kathmandu’s Labim Mall is Exquisine system which is a subsidiary of COCA and Mango Tree restaurant franchise worldwide.

MT-TrevorMacKenzie01 mango 1The casual eatery is designed in a hip café-style with elements of Thai design weaved through the approachable interiors of the over 600 square meters of space.

“Labim Mall was completed in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which stands as testament to the perseverance and tenacity of the Nepali people to rebuild their beautiful country.” said Trevor Mackenzie, managing director, “We believe in the country and its people, and in our own small way, we are proud to contribute to the rebuilding of Nepal.”

“With no Thai restaurants to speak of in Katmandu we see Nepal as an exciting opportunity. Usually with Mango Tree it’s all about Class A location, but we saw this gap in the market and since we have been developing a quick service café for some years now in Kuala Lumpur we felt that the brand would suit Nepal perfectly.”

Highlights from the menu include classics like Pad Thai , Green curry and Tom Yum along with a range of other popular wok dishes in a menu that includes best of Thailand’s four culinary regions – Northern, Northeastern, Central, and Southern.

In keeping with its light and breezy Thai dining philosophy, all the food will be prepared and served fresh and simple to highlight the Thai flavors and dishes will be priced affordably.

An oversized blackboard prominently displayed in the main dining area highlights specials of the day depending on seasonal ingredients available to the chefs. The enticing food menu is paired with an equally tempting collection of complementary cocktails.

“Nepalis travel to Thailand often. They know our cuisine and love it. We have kept the menu very approachable right from the start and will get more and more exotic with our food promotions as time goes on.”

COCA & Mango Tree Worldwide expects its revenue to increase by 10% this year after raking in US$90 million gross revenue across the group in 2015 as it continues to expand in Asia, UAE and Europe.

“We are now working on projects in Shanghai and other parts of China for Mango Chilli Café as we see a gap in the market for affordable, genuine tasting Thai cuisine,” added Mr Mackenzie.


TOP: Mango Chilli Café, to be located in Kathmandu’s Labim Mall, will be taking good Thai food to yet another country.

INSET: Mr Mackenzie is now working on moving into China.

By Thai Residents reporters





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