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india Updated: May 04, 2012 17:37 IST
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If Nom Nom’s decor didn’t make it clear that it served South East Asian food, its menu sure does. Brackets are placed after most dishes to explain whether they are Thai, Japanese or Malaysian. But that’s only the food. They don’t have a menu for their drinks yet, which is forgivable as they’ve just opened.

On suggestion, we go for the Mojito (Rs 350) that’s refreshing, but constitutes only a third of its tall glass, filled with ice. For starters, we go for the Wasabi Prawns (Rs 390) and the Non-vegetarian Sushi Selection (Rs 750). The prawns are crispy, well cooked and thankfully devoid of too much batter, but the wasabi paste is a bit thick and strong. The sushi is limp and falls apart easily. However, from the selection, the California Rolls stands out the most.

For main course, we pick the Laksa Chicken Curry (Rs 350).

To our surprise, unlike anywhere else, here the curry comes without noodles, which forces us to order the Coriander Garlic Noodles (Rs 200). The curry is flavoursome, and fans of laksa will enjoy the dish.

What: Nom Nom
Where: Juhu Versova Link Road, Andheri (W)
Call: 2624 4280
What’s on the menu: South East Asian cuisine
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: No

Dessert is a sorry affair as there are only three items. We go with the Molten Chocolate (Rs 220). What greets us is a large, cold chocolate cake with a cream centre; nothing molten or remotely yummy.

We’re hoping these are just teething problems, because with a lovely outdoor section, it’d make for a nice place for a meal when the weather is favourable.

What we like
Outdoor seating

What we don’t like
Expensive
No cocktail menu

Rating:
**1/2

What: Sveda
Where: Saki Naka Junction, Andheri
Call: 6177 1000
What’s on the menu: Multi-cuisine
Drinking: Yes
Smoking: No

Sveda consists of a terrace lounge, restaurant and a venue that’s rented out for weddings — all under one roof. So don’t be surprised if you end up sitting next to a baraat on a night. We did.

The open-air lounge has an Egyptian feel. After handing us the menus, the maitre d’ disappeared. We had to scream over the music to get his attention. We ordered the April Mocker (Rs 145) and Spice Maiden (Rs 145) mocktails, while the cocktails were available in the range of Rs 325 and Rs 695. The Honey Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad (chicken and veggies with citrus flavoured dressing; Rs 190) and Hummus with Ma Lahama (Rs 225) arrived after a tiring wait. You might want to order your starters before reaching the place if you plan on enjoying them with your drinks. Also, be sure to carry mosquito repellent. The place is infested.

For dinner, we moved a level below to the Indian restaurant where we called for the Bheja Tawa Masala (Rs 360) and Murgh Tikka Lahori (Rs 290), which also arrived 30 minutes late.

Overall, the food failed to make an impact, thought the portions were impressive. The proprietors of this place really need to think their decision through.

What we like
Ambience

What we don’t like
Mosquito infested