Head to Nom Nom's latest outlet in Mumbai for an authentic Asian experience
The eatery's ambience is easy on the eyes and—living up to its name—quite easy on the taste buds too
Faint whiffs of lemongrass and crushed dried chillis greeted us as we made our way into Nom Nom’s 2000-square-foot space in Bandra’s epicenter. A very welcome fragrance for someone (read me) who’d never turn down the chance to dig into a carbohydrate, spice and coconut-rich meal anytime of the day.
Like the pastel chartreuse green ambience of the new outlet, the menu too has been refurbished with a medley of choices. Dutifully making his rounds across the already-full restaurant’s tables—Chef Sahil Rajeev Pradhan readily throws light on the conception of Nom Nom’s many cuisines—Thai, Indonesian, Singaporean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Malaysian. “The most popular dishes were selected from each cuisine, and later went through several rounds of thorough tasting before it was made available to the customers”.
Waiting for our crystal Dimsums (with water chestnut and exotic vegetables) and Bao (with shredded chicken in black pepper sauce), we absorb the open bar and kitchen concept of the outlet. Both spaces are cosy when compared to the spacious seating area, abuzz with courteous waiters, dressed in the lightest shade of chartreuse, aesthetically complementing the deeper shade of the same colour popping out from the restaurant’s interiors.
Soon after we satiate our hunger with hot appetizers (that lived up to the waiter’s high recommendation) and place our order for stir-fries (wok tossed chicken with Schuan pepper and broccoli in soy sauce) we take in the dramatic geometric vibe of the space with renewed energy. The colour play evidently ends with chartreuse, and lets geometry take over. For the mains, we tried the chicken and broccoli stir-fry, which turned out to be fantastic. I played it safe with a good ol’ bowl of Thai green curry with Jasmine rice accompanied by a glass of Asian Sangria white wine. For dessert we dug into Tab Tim Crob – a traditional Thai dessert with jellied water chestnut and sweetened coconut milk. Divine, to say the least!
Made of jute, wood and stone, the interiors of Nom Nom—designed by Sumessh Menon and Associates—are refreshing. Circular cutouts of metallic gongs and scripts sourced from China fill one wall of the rectangular space and the other is a wooden screen wall with coloured glass inserts and custom wall lights. Concentric circles are strewn everywhere, from the table tops to the grainy kitchen wall. Even the small bar has backlit wire mesh bar apron behind vertical wooden fins with a backlit display, going well with the solid chocolate brown stone top. The low-key Jazz music playing in the background consummated the interiors like edible flowers on cake.
Nom Nom is located at 16th Road, Bandra West, 400050 and is open for lunch between 12-3 PM and dinner between 7 PM-1 AM.
HOSPITALITY, RESTAURANTS AND CAFE ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS DONE BY SUMESSH MENON AND ASSOCIATES.
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