It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Nom Nom (the very name conjures images of food-chomping) is one of the top 5 spots in NCR to enjoy a luxurious and very, very delightful Pan-Asian dining experience. Located within Delhi’s first five-star hotel “The Ashok”, this place has totally won my heart with its scrumptious food, impeccable service and a very exotic, Oriental ambiance. In fact, the sheer size of culinary spread listed on the menu-card is breath-taking !
We set out for a hearty lunch on a bright winter Sunday afternoon to Chanakyapuri. Nom Nom is colossal in size (as the pictures depict) and equally artistically designed with rich hues of red, wine, golden and black. The Buddha-inspired paraphernalia, plush furniture , grand veils and wooden flooring added to the whole Oriental feel.
We had a tough time deciding on what to eat, because as mentioned the spread is immense, ranging right from Central Asian, Chinese, Thai, Burmese to Vietnamese & Japanese cuisines. Much gratitude to the very cordial gentlemen serving us and their recommendations, for finalizing our order:)
Chicken Xinjiang: Originating from the West Chinese province of Xinjiang, these kebabs are prepared by “Uyghurs” – the few surviving communities of Turkish ethnicity in Central Asia. Surely their gastronomical secret has been let out now – a wonderful marriage of Central-Asian and Oriental flavours!
Soaked in chilli oil and sun-dried red chilli cream, the preparation was simply outstanding in taste. With spicy Java chutney for sides, this starter just slayed it!
Kokum Kooler: Fine mocktail with a blend of kokum syrup, mint and lemon fizz. Loved the punch here.
Chicken in Asian Basil Guandong Sauce : Chicken chunks tossed in spicy chilly basil sauce, again the flavors here were so different from the ones we have on regular occasions and outings. The taste of Basil was distinct and delectable ; this signature dish was as authentic as it could get .
Pan-Fried Noodles: Quite a wholesome dish by itself. Crisp noodles topped with Schezwan sauce made for a nice combo, although I would have liked it a tad less hot.
Chicken Fried Rice: Simple and to-the-point preparation one could say, no excesses here, just the subtle flavor of juicy chicken shreds in rice! That is exactly how Fried rice is meant to be 🙂
Tiramisu: This presentation surely was nothing less than Food Art. See for yourself, how beautiful this dessert from the Land of Rising Sun looked ! And taste? Very few places including top-notch bakeries get the sweetness of Tiramisu right, and Nom Nom is one of them.
A big thumbs-up for Nom Nom. Service is close to customer-pampering, and everyone is made to feel special out there. Yes it is expensive, but for the whole experience a definite go-to place for lovers of Pan-Asian delicacies. Trust me you will explore much more variety than what you thought you knew !
Overall Rating: A very rare ***** !
Price Worthiness: ****