11 Nov 2017
4 min read
Sandwich Point is probably one of the oldest sandwich makers in Kathmandu. The owners of the joint started out in 1985, in Thamel, and have since branched out to Jhamsikhel and recently to Labim Mall, Pulchowk. Their setup is that of a classic Western sandwich joint, which hasn't changed much since its inception. A long, clear display cabinet; an assembly table for sandwiches, besides which rests a flat-top grill and a single basket fryer atop a second table; a single-door fridge leaning against the wall at one corner; a menu-pasted wall; an overhead shelf with canned juices, Coca-Cola bottles and Red Bulls; and a single row of two benches facing the cabinet--all aligned to perfectly fit inside a single-shutter shop.
The outlet in Thamel is a little distance away from Narsingh Chowk, and is open almost round the clock, from six in the morning to two the following morning. To be sure, the place is not the fanciest sandwich joint in town, but the sandwiches are quite good, and thus popular, for their taste and price.
Their menu consists primarily of veg and non-veg sandwiches, of course, but also on the list are burgers, fries and hotdogs--perfect for anyone who's hungry and looking for something inexpensive and palatable. From those who want a fresh breakfast early in the morning, to those who want a quick, warm bite for lunch or a pick-me-up to soak up all that extra alcohol after a night out in Thamel, Sandwich Point is the one-stop shop--as it turned out to be for me on one not-so-fine night.
And take my word for it, their large grilled chicken sandwich is the best grub for its price after all else closes down at Thamel. The bread is crunchy on the outside because they grill it for a bit, and it comes out fresh and soft. The salad stuffing in the sandwich, which is pre-soaked in iodine solution for about 15 minutes for food safety as mentioned on the menu, consists of shredded lettuce, diced onions, shreds of carrots and some cucumbers and tomatoes--every bit of which is crunchy and fresh. The portion of grilled chicken is plentiful, affording a hearty mouthful in each bite. They add ketchup, homemade mayonnaise and mustard, with a splash of chilli sauce for a mild kick. The generous amount of these sauces, along with the slices of tomatoes and cucumber, makes the sandwich slightly juicy but not soggy. For additional seasoning, they sprinkle some salt and pepper and squeeze half a lemon over the salad. I wanted some bacon on it, too, and they were happy enough to stuff some in. And it all comes wrapped in a clear plastic bag, instead of a napkin, so that you don't spill all that goodness on your clothes and shoes.
And you know it's not a bad deal when you can get all of that for Rs 310, that too in Thamel that late into the night--Rs 240 for the sandwich, and Rs 70 for the extra bacon. The sandwich didn't leave me feeling stuffed, but it was a good enough dinner. I did return the next afternoon, before I sat down to write this food story, just to make sure my tastebuds hadn't been influenced by the booze the night before. The large grilled chicken sandwich was just as tasty, just as fulfilling, and good enough without that extra bacon.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Large)
Small - Rs 150
Medium - Rs 170
Large - Rs 240
Extra-large - 350
Thamel Marg (turn south at Narsingh Chowk), Thamel, Kathmandu
Other branches are at Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur (opposite St. Mary's School), and at Labim Mall, Pulchowk, Lalitpur