I’ve seen the restaurant Banana Leaf, followed by a salon, then Di Bella and M.O.D. at the end off the Juhu-Versova link road. Never did I notice Nom Nom when it’s just 10 minutes away from my place. And the restaurant has been standing next to Banana Leaf for quite some time, apparently. Thankfully, I’d heard about it before visiting that place one Saturday evening.
As I stepped into Nom Nom, the ambiance reminded me a lot of Trikaya, another restaurant that serves the same cuisine in Andheri (west). The restaurant is dimly lit, wooden décor, indoor as well as outdoor seating, but just that the bar is not as extensive as Trikaya. When we entered the place, my companion and I were the only two persons at Nom Nom.
It was creepy the way all the waiters were staring at us, but while leaving, the place was packed. Every single table was taken. Sadly, the one we chose was wobbly. Anyway, let’s get started with the drinks and food. And to begin, we were given the menu. Honestly, this menu is unique, but not in a good way. According to my friend, it looked like the tablets that were given to Moses by God with the Ten Commandments. It looked fancy, but started annoying when I had to place repeated orders. The menu is stuck between two planks of wood. Suggestion: Limit wood to décor.
Okay, time for drinks. We called for a virgin mocktail Italian Creame Circle that was a blend of peach crush, orange juice, and grenadine and crushed ice. The sweet taste of grenadine was strong and as the ice started to dissolve, the drink got better. I opted for the Nom Nom Poison – Even though I couldn’t figure out which fresh fruit juice it contained, the mix of white wine and vodka was strong. The main reason I chose this drink was because of the coffee powder. Nom Nom Poison comes with a strong smell of coffee which later mixes beautifully with the alcohol.
Appetizers comprised Scallop Nigri where scallop was tapped on rice and served with pink ginger and wasabi. Next comes what I loved the most – Bird Chilly Prawns. It was spicy and simply yummy! Red chillies made appearances here and there, but this was the most delicious item I tasted at Nom Nom.
The next amazing number was the Spicy Pork with Hot Basil Leaves. This usually comes as gravy, but we opted for it as a side dish. I didn’t expect it to be minced pork, but man, this was so flavourful. I was enjoying every bit of meat and the hint of garlic.
This was the second time that I had tried the Burmese Khao Suey, and it didn’t let me down. I think it was Basa fish in the curry. However, I was swapping a spoon for a fork and vice versa.
Once we were done with the mains, we took Moses’ tablet to select the last course of the evening. But hang on! None of the options on the menu were available. Instead they offered us a better deal – Baked Cheesecake and Tiramisu. However, the baked Cheesecake looked more like ‘baked and frozen cheesecake’. It should have at least been brought to room temperature. On the other hand the Tiramisu was soft and soggy. I liked it.
Overall, service is prompt and the jazz music suits the mood lighting.
Meal for Two: Rs 3000
Address: Shop No. 3, Ground Floor, Shubham Co – Operative Housing Society, Juhu-Versova Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai, 400053 | 022-26244280/ 26244371
(Please note: This review was first published on Indian Food Freak)