Located on the right of an alley opposite to Dwarika’s at Battisputali, Khushi coffee house is a place focused on the comfortability of patrons. The trademark of the house is a chic macho-moustache styled word “KHUSHI”. To spend time, you’re provided with the options of reading books from shelves, which include manga comics and novels, or gazing at the collection of some photographs, by fellow Nepalese, hanging on the wall. There are also board games which you can play instead of surfing the web.
And while the aesthetics were great, the experience wasn’t. Imagine you’re at the end of the month, short on money and can’t afford to eat at anyplace out, not even a cup of joe, so you make coffee for yourself despite being a novice in the kitchen department. This is how it felt while having coffee of Khushi. The latte and cappuccino we ordered was lacking, both in appearance and taste. The latte was in an identity crisis tasting somewhere in between plain black coffee and regular milk coffee. The cappuccino tasted like a cup of regular flavored milk. They were served in average sized paper cups. however, the owner later informed that the plastic cups were in place of the actual porcelain cups designed for Khushi coffee house after the latter had some design flaws.
Along with coffee, we ordered for buff mo:mo and spaghetti. The buff mo:mo looked pretty ordinary and tasted average. We thought the mo:mo was a bit more flour-y than meaty. The achaar had a good consistency and was well prepared. After what seemed like an eternity, we were served spaghetti. However it couldn’t make up for the delay. Spaghetti tasted bland and looked dull; everything needed to make it come alive seemed missing. It lacked spice, garnish and even texture.
But, when we talked to the charming owner of Khushi; Rupesh Dangol, we were really khusi about the idea of Khusi. He told us about his family restaurant chain back in London, which is called ‘Nepal’ but was originally named Khushi. He is not only a young soul but a patriotic one as well. He wants to have everything authentically Nepali in his café, even down to the furniture.
His main motivation to start up this chain was to spread happiness in society and to keep the youth in the country and encourage them in every way he can. While he seems to have the best of intentions, we felt that Khushi Coffee house can grow if there are some improvements in their coffee and food.