On Friday 1 December 2023, the Restaurant Everest Luxembourg celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Located on Rue Bender in Luxembourg-Gare, it opened in 1998 with an à la carte menu but soon garnered a name for itself by serving lunchtime platters (specials on compartmentalised aluminium trays, a first for Luxembourg) which were a big hit with the growing anglophone business community, in particular; nowadays, it serves a buffet at lunchtime. It is busy both at lunchtimes and in the evenings.
Open six days a week (closed on Sundays), both lunchtimes and evenings, the Everest has a capacity for 62 covers; it serves authentic Nepalese (and Indian) cuisine - from traditional curries to tandoori dishes and traditional breads - and also offers delivery and takeaway options.
Back in 1998, it was opened by husband and wife Chander Bahadur Thapa and Vishnu Kumari Thapa; today, it is run by their son, Shyam Bahadur Thapa, along with Sita Khatri, his new business associate.
Talking at the restaurant's anniversary on Friday evening, Shyam explained: "The first chef, Gorkha Bahadur Thapa, a family friend of the owner from Nepal, worked here for fourteen years and is still in Luxembourg. Now there are three chefs running the kitchen, all from Nepal - Yam Bahadur Khatri (since 1999), Ratan Gotame and Gagan Khatri."
When discussing the menu, Shyam told Chronicle.lu: "The menu is basically still the same as when the restaurant first opened, but now with wider choices." He expanded on this by adding: "Luxembourg has developed a taste for spice with clients now knowing exactly what they want" (mainly variations on the same theme).
On Friday evening, the restaurant celebrated by offering glasses of crémant to customers as well an an anniversary discount of 25% off all meals, with prior reservations required.