Two dollar steaks from Nepal

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ November 1st, 2012. Updated on March 24th, 2014. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Nepalese food.
Two dollar steak from Kathmandu Nepal

Two dollar steak from Kathmandu Nepal

Are two dollar steaks still possible in Nepal?

No. Well yes, in the off-season if you really know where to go. And I’ve stopped asking now. In 2007 when I first arrived in Nepal I was blown away with the ease I could get a beef steak in Nepal. Considering the Hindu population and how the “holy cow” is revered I always found it a little intriguing.

Best of all the streaks in Nepal were delicious.

Today streaks in Nepal are still easily available in all the big cities. Even up a mountain on a trek! The prices vary wildly and are increasing steadily. So today, I’m saying goodbye to my old two dollar steak meal.

Everest Base Camp Steak

Everest Base Camp Steak

Where does the steak come from in Nepal?

Bangladesh via the Terrai region in southern Nepal. Bangladesh is mainly a Muslim country so there are no qualms in farming beef cattle and producing consumption beef for its own market. And, the international market. With exports silently flowing into India and not so silently into Nepal. Both mainly for the tourist industry.

The Terrai region in Nepal is a huge flatland area that’s one if not the largest trading routes flowing in and out of Nepal. During strikes in this region it’s not unusual for beef steak to be dropped from menus in Nepal along with many other foodstuffs.

What does a steak taste like in Nepal?

Excellent on all accounts. Yes there is some confusion over the cuts of beef. But generally speaking it’s of high quality. The cooking of steak is done in many variations from frying to grilling and even roasting.

Steak by candlelight in Nepal

Steak by candlelight in Nepal

Ask for a filet mignon and you will probably get the same as a regular steak in mushroom sauce. That said in many dedicated steak houses you will have an entire menu with different sauces and cuts to choose from.

Where can you buy a two dollar steak in Nepal?

There was only one place that was serving a $2 steal in Kathmandu up until recently. It wasn’t a dedicated steak house but a fast food outlet in Thamel. It’s not a particularly great place, but popular with people coming back from bars at night.

Inside there was a Mexican steak and a regular cheese steak. One was the equivalent to two dollars the other two dollars fifty.

The cheese steak is the one you see in the top photo. It’s was actually a huge portion and very filling. Today though I’m sad to say that after the tourist season ended the price stayed elevated. It’s more like $4.00 now.

I made a fuss that it was no longer tourist season and the prices should come back, but it was a no go. The staff here change rapidly and so no one knew me. The head waiter guy did seem to remember the old prices though so I did get my last $2 steak there.

Steak menu from Nepal

Steak house  menu from Nepal – no two dollar steaks here (click to enlarge)

I’ve since discovered a far out cafe in Pokhara serving cheap steaks, but it’s nothing as good. So while you can still get a $2 steak in Nepal the old saying of “tough as a two dollar steak” now holds true.

Other places to get steaks in Nepal?

Just about everywhere. I’m including some of the steaks I’ve had after a trek. It’s a treat then. While the prices are high in standard. It’s still only 5+ dollars.

Meanwhile in a 2014 update there is still a place in Pokhara where you can find a $2 steak. If you are willing to try then The Laughing Buddha still has them.

Need something a little bigger? A little later I’ll introduce you to the mother of all steaks – the Chateaubriand Steak.

You won’t believe this one!


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16 Great responses to Two dollar steaks from Nepal

  1. Jan says:

    I think you’ve just about covered everything now! :)

  2. Anna's World says:

    Who wouldn’t mind a two dollar steak? It’s more like 25 dollar steaks here.

  3. iamthewitch says:

    $2?? Incredible! I think the cheapest steak I’ve had so far (home cooked) still cost $5 for the raw meat!

  4. Jessica says:

    I’ve had steak for around the same price in Thailand, but there they kind of play it fast and loose with the term “steak”. These ones actually look pretty decent!

  5. Emma says:

    I was wondering about the whole Hindu thing myself! Does anyone eat beef in Nepal aside from tourists?

  6. I never saw any $2 steaks while I was in Nepal recently (at least not any that deserve the name “steak”), but I ate at the Everest Steak House a bunch of times and was paying about $4 for an excellent steak.

  7. Anamika says:

    Niceee! Thanks for sharing! I’m particularly amused how you insisted on your previous $2 steak haha. Hopefully it works on others :)

  8. Johnson says:

    Considering it is a Hindu country that is o probably the largest steak menu I have seen! You’ve got me hungry now

  9. Joolzey says:

    I’m currently in Thamel and am looking for the famous steak. Where is it? Btw, are you still here in Nepal?

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