Just one of those nights where we were craving some oriental cuisine. With one small problem, we weren’t sure which specific oriental cuisine we wanted. Japanese sushi? Thai salads? Korean bulgogi? Not sure… we were just craving some umami.
That is when we chanced upon Nom Nom. Located in Pali Hill in Bandra, Bombay, we walked driven by our rule to always try something new and with zero expectations.
Our first impression was westernised modern comfort meets Japanese simplicity. A combination of textured materials with the granite & wooden tables but the bold colour scheme with the teal seating. Low lit lighting focused over each table left an illusion of the food being the star of the show.
Opening the menu put a smile on our faces. We weren’t sure what regional cuisine we wanted. Well Nom Nom had elements of each region on the menu! Sushi, Baos, Dimsum, Masaman, Papaya salad, Japan, Singapore, Korea, woohoo!
A lot of elements on the menu left us excited but a bit skeptical, so we decided to try a bit of everything.
1. Spicy crab meat soup: Umamiii! A beautiful blend of the sweet crab meat, earthy shiitake mushrooms with the neutral comforts of egg whites. A refreshing aftertaste of cilantro and citrus. This soup hit the spot instantly!
2. Crystal Lamb dimsum with chilli basil: The star of this dish was the crystal wrapping. As thin and translucent to a point of almost being transparent! I’m still amazed as to how they managed to pack a dense meat like lamb into something so delicate. The filling however, with the lamb and the basil, was a bit too intense after the delicate soup for my taste. However, it went over well with my partner, A.
3. Dynamite Prawns: If this dish was a human being, i’d marry it! If you love wasabi(like we do), you will love this dish!! Crispy fried prawns wok tossed with wasabi sauce. Crunchy coating, sweet fresh prawns and the absolute punch in the face with the wasabi sauce! Uff!
4. Singaporean glass noodle salad with prawns: We decided to stray a bit from protocol and have our salad last. And we’re glad we did. Fresh with the crunch of the celery leaves, a zing from the lemon citrus, the sweetness of I’m guessing brown sugar? And fresh prawns with the final subtle kick of chilli. Extremely fresh with just enough sweetness to keep us away from the desserts (for now, we’ll be back!)
A bit pricey for a regular Tuesday night but definitely worth a visit to treat yourself!
It seems like, more often than not, a lack of a plan is the best plan!💗