Also known as Phu Nepal, Mr Phu runs Café Himalaya on area of around 1,500 square metres in the centre of HCMC.
It décor is in a Himalayan style with Buddhist statues, pictures and flags. One corner is reserved for displaying objects and works of art from the Himalayas, include Buddhist statues, Himalayan costumes, bells and pottery. Women customers can borrow Tibetan costumes and jewellery to put on and take photos.
Customers can enjoy different kinds of delicious coffee and tea, like Nepalese milk tea, with German fresh milk, Nepalese tea powder and Nepalese masala spice, and Nepalese organic coffee, grown at altitudes of 800-1,000 metres above sea level and certified by the USFDA as ‘organic’.
The Nepalese tea contains the natural Nepalese winter worm summer herb grown at an altitude of 3,000 metres and other Nepalese herbal tea is also available.
Café Himalaya offers other specialties, like Nepalese curry with 20 kinds of masala spices from Nepal, Indian curry (pork, beef or chevon) with more than 20 masala spices from India, and the Himalayan speciality of Mo-Mo cake.
Mr Phu is not only known as a journalist but also an artist, with most of his paintings being based on Buddhist philosophy. Customers at Café Himalaya can admire paintings of Nepal he and other international artists have created. He also wishes to make Café Himalaya a place for artists to get together, exchange ideas about art, and exhibit their work.
Drinks are from VND25,000 and dishes from VND40,000. Open from 6am to 10pm.
3 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D.1, HCMC
Tel: (08) 3910 0182