RESTAURANTS - NEW DELHI.
The Ashok, 50 B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri
Tel: (011) 3014 6033
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Asian
Cost: Rs. 2,500 for two (without alcohol)
Mumbai's popular Pan Asian eatery Nom Nom comes to Delhi at the Ashok Hotel. Between Ashok and Samrat now are located some of the most stylish clubs and eating spaces in Delhi!
We walk into Nom Nom one wintery evening and are a little stunned by its sheer sprawl--11,000 sqft! The dining areas are set at various levels twirling till the ceiling as you hang over the ground and can watch the action below around the bar! There is a nice al fresco area over looking gardens, Chinese Tea Lounge in the verandah and a few private dining spaces. We are escorted up a stairway to a round table almost suspended in mid air. As we are seated we realise the centre of the restaurant is actually a dragon swirling till the ceiling and the curl of the tail has private tables across varying levels! We are truly intrigued by the mix of moods around us. Golden hues light up the interiors into a mysterious gold and black. A young, noisy private party starts building up at the bar below. And we play peeping Toms from above!
Nom Nom's menu encompasses Yue, Chuan, Hui, Lu, Min, Su, Xiang and Zhe style of cooking from among China's 23 provinces! It is vast and extensive, almost confusing.
Handmade vegetable knots (Rs. 380) and wasabi prawns (Rs. 600) is what we ask for to accompany our margaritas. There is a whole section of kebabs that baffles me and I stand informed by our servers that Chuanr are small pieces of meat on skewers roasted over charcoal that originated in the Xinjiang province as street food amongst Chinese Muslims! We learn something new each day.
My companion is craving dimsums and I am, believe it or not, a sushi freak but of the vegetarian variety! So we get some of both: California rice rolls come crunchy with cucumber and avocado (Rs. 850) and the leek, coriander, beetroot skin dimsums are a discovery (Rs. 260 for 3 pieces).
Since good pork and beef is my testing ground for any fine dining I snuck in some spicy pork with basil leaves (Rs. 750). This turns out a mince pork dish and is nice to the palate, not the perfect choice for testing out the quality of meat though.
We settle on a khao suey main course. It comes pre-plated in bowls with noodles topped with creamy, delicious coconut curry. Garnishes come on the side--crispy garlic and onion, cilantro, green onion, crushed peanuts and sliced chili pepper. A generous squeeze of tangy lemon and we are in foodie heaven. The caramelized rambutan (Rs. 650) that come to the table for dessert is something I have never experienced before, but the lemongrass ice cream was awesome. The food comes in very generous portions and is wholesome fare suited to the Indian palate. I can see this one turning into "happy large family bonding over meal" space soon in Delhi!
--Ritu Agarwal Rohatgi
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