PICS: RUBY TUESDAY
The Factory at Mandala Street is one of those few places in Thamel which was established not for back packers but for Kathmandu's young and urbane crowd. Very popular amongst the whos who of the valley, The Factory has gained quite a reputation for itself as being the place to be seen at on Friday evenings. The bar menu is extensive and offers everything from fine single malt whiskies to sangria by the pitcher.
Factory's décor sets it apart from the multitude of restaurants spread throughout Thamel. Its ultra-modern with an industrial theme running throughout- one that even extends to the restrooms and the (silly) boiler suits that the waiters wear. The bright red cushions in the lounge section provide a vibrant contrast to the otherwise stark walls. Also someone has gone through a lot of trouble creating intricate designs with rope curtains on the windows giving the place a trippy feel.
Maybe deciding to order Thai dishes wasn't the best idea- but that's me providing them with an excuse. For what right does a restaurant have to display dishes on its menu that it's not too sure about. The Som Tam Kung lacked crunch and was bland- no fire, no fish oil and there was more carrot than green papaya. The Sautéed Lemon Garlic Prawns were cooked just right, but there was no flavour of either garlic or lemon, and neither did it come nestled on a bed of house mix lettuce as described in the menu.
Look for Sagarmatha Complex and Mandala Street in Thamel. The flight of stairs leading up to Factory is on the left.