We hear ridiculous things growing up, such as, if you don't finish all the rice in your bowl, you'll marry a man with bad skin, or if you cross your eyes too much, they'll stay that way, or there's no such thing as a free lunch. Free lunch, no, but in this great city there is such a thing as a free dinner. Today is the 58th birthday of the king of Nepal, His Majesty Gyanendra, and to celebrate you can dine for free at Kathmandu if your birthday is also today (proof required). In the kitchen, chef Deep Bahadur Shrestha, who once served the Nepalese royal family, prepares dishes fit for a king. 'But the royal family doesn't really eat the food you'll see on the menu,' the chef tells CitySeen. 'They prefer hard-to-come-by ingredients such as almond, saffron, pistachio and scarce herbs found only in Nepal.' Interestingly, this renowned chef enjoys Chinese wonton noodles above all else. The Royal Menu is available until Sunday at 11 Old Bailey Street; telephone 2869 1298. Reserve early or getting a seat might be a right royal pain.