Dinner: For city visitors Just the ticket at any time
Since this family-run Nepalese restaurant opened opposite the Colston Hall in 2003, I have probably eaten here more times than any other Indian restaurant in the city.
That may be because it has always been my default dinner option when seeing a show across the road, but I have eaten at Kathmandu on many other occasions when I have not been clutching theatre tickets.
Owned by a family who used to run takeaway outlets in Easton and Gloucester Road, they still import their own spices from a village in their home country of Nepal.
Once a contemporary Italian restaurant, the room still has the smoked glass windows, shiny black tiled floor and black lacquer tables of its predecessor and although it has traditional music and colourful Nepalese prints on the walls, it looks more like a slick Japanese restaurant than your average Indian eatery.
There are red candles on the tables and a few framed photos of famous customers – most of them visitors to the Colston Hall and nearly all comedians, including Billy Connolly, Bill Bailey and Griff Rhys Jones.
The menu features most of the Anglo-Indian favourites – chicken pasanda, lamb rogan josh, prawn masala and so on – but there is also a section dedicated to less familiar Nepalese dishes.
These include sea bass palu (sea bass fillets cooked in a creamy hot sauce served with beans and asparagus) and duck makalu (strips of duck breast cooked with coriander, peppers and onions in the Nepalese style).
After excellent, freshly made chutneys (the fiery coriander, onion, green chilli and tomato is still one of the best I've tasted in any Indian restaurant in Bristol), we tried dishes from the Indian and Nepalese sections.
From the Indian choices, tandoori chicken (£3.95) was a juicy chicken leg marinated in a spicy coating and cooked in the tandoor. It preceded an excellent dish of garlic chicken (£9.95) – the tender chicken pieces immersed in a medium-spiced sauce with literally dozens of garlic cloves.
A Nepalese dish of Mo Mo dumplings (£4.95) was a generous starter, the five golf ball-sized parcels filled with what tasted like minced lamb and chicken and served with an onion salad.
To follow, chhoyla (£9.95) – a semi-dry, medium spice dish of tender charcoal-cooked lamb with ginger, garlic and black onion seeds, served in a sizzling hot cast iron dish.
We shared dishes of perfect pilau rice (£3.15) and sag aloo (£5.95) – the latter being an exemplary version of this much maligned side-dish because the spinach and potatoes were not swimming in oil as is often the case.