NileGuide Expert Says:
Great place to sample Nepalese cuisine.
G/F, 10 Elgin street
Mon – Sun: 12noon – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm
Bhatti is Nepali for tea House, but in the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepalis need more than tea to keep warm. After work people meet up at the Bhatti to chat, drink raksi and chaang and have a few snacks. Raksi is a traditional liquor, and the best is always home-made. It is crystal-clear, potent and as smooth as velvet. Raksi is often mistranslated as "wine", but it's really grain alcohol made from millet or wheat. Different grains produce different flavors: rice Raksi is rich and smooth, whereas kodo or millet is stronger and more fiery.
Women pride themselves on their liquor, and will put enormous amounts of time and into making raksi for a big celebration like a wedding. At feasts and celebration it's poured from the graceful spouted anti into tiny cups, an art which tests the grace and skill of the pourer. If you're not ready for raksi, you can try chaang or jand, which is traditional Nepali beer made from either rice or millet. It's a whitish, light drink with a refreshing sweet-sour taste