We were recently invited to this lovely little cafe called Cafe Nemo, to try out the new items on their menu. It’s considered a hidden gem in Worli. And rightly so, this is a Nemo you won’t find that easily!! Both the Chef and Foodie had been extremely busy over the weekend, and like always we had our fellow foodie, The Techno One helping us cover this one. The free time he gets between posting all his gadget reviews, he likes to spend it eating great food. So our helpful foodie league member headed to Cafe Nemo to see what was this menu is all about. On reaching there he was greeted by Nihar who walked him through the cafe and the menu.
Beautiful yellow walls, check floors. The place has a quirky yet classy vibe to it. You see walls adorned with sparrows and creepers hanging outside. It looks pretty cool. When you look at it, you know this place is good for a date or a nice place to catch up with a friend.
Cafe Nemo serves Pizzas, continental food as well as Asian. Usually these kind of places make you wonder if even one cuisine is passable. They didn’t disappoint :). We started our meal with a waterchestnut and corn Gyoza with Soy and Chili dips. Very fresh and good to taste. This is one dish vegetarians should order, as it goes beautifully with the dips. Good combo.
Next up was the Korean Fried chicken. It is served with a Gochujang glaze and spicy celery. What’s a Gochujang? It’s a Korean condiment made of Korean red chili paste mixed with sticky rice and fermented soy bean. Like a spicy Miso used in Japanese cuisine. The chicken itself felt cooked to perfection with a light and crunchy batter that wasn’t excessive. You may want to order some more of the dips that complement the Gyoza since they go really well with the fried chicken adding that perfect moisture and help complete the dish.
The ‘longest name in the world’ cocktail is highly recommended and is the perfect way to beat the scorching heat. It’s a wonderful mix of tulsi tea, guava, ginger, star anise, Beefeater gin and Absolut vodka. Each of those ingredients has an important part to play complementing the others beautifully giving the cocktail a delightfully refreshing flavour and truly unique taste.
For main course we tried some interesting stuff. A Char Siu Pork Seoul bowl, which is basically Chinese barbecued pork in a bowl. It is a complete meal in a bowl with Jasmine rice, some ‘secret sauces’, green veggies, peanuts, herbs, Chili sauces, pork and a nice sunny side up egg on top. If you ever find yourself looking for a truly satisfying single-bowl meal, this has to be it. The quantity alone is enough to excite the hungriest of bellies. A little tip before you dig in – request the server or take matters into your own hands and mix the whole dish with your spoon. That way, each bite is a wonderful mix of all the key ingredients that make the Seoul bowl a fun experience. The rice is rich and fragrant, the sauces and herbs complement the pork beautifully and the egg binds it all together. The pork itself is tender, cooked nicely and is bursting with all the flavours soaked in from the sauces. Finish your bowl like a good kid and you can look forward to napping like a baby right after.
Next up the Steamed Bekti. Bhekti which is also known as Barramundi is a mild flavored fish and is light and flaky. Usually eaten steamed as was this with Tamari, (a japanese soy sauce which is thicker, less salty) ginger, shitake mushrooms and served with Vermicilli noodles. Squeeze that lemon wedge to enhance the taste of this already delicious dish. The fish itself is light, flavourful and fresh. It’s that nice mix of salty with a hint of sweet. By this stage we were quite full but there was room for some dessert. The last course of the meal was the Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme along with an almond Biscotti. A classic combination and extremely rich and filling. Without being excessively sweet, the pot is as rich and soul-stirring as you’d like your dessert to be. After a meal as heavy as this, you might want to share the pot with your better half so you aren’t uncomfortably stuffed. But in the right amounts, it leaves you truly satisfied.
Will the Techno One recommend people to go there? This is one place I’d never deny anyone the pleasure of visiting. Located deep into the recesses of the by-lanes of Worli village, it’s a place with a big heart. Every dish feels eager to please you without skimping in any way, be it quantity or flavour. Pick the right stuff, and it’s a fun little place with one hit after another from appetizer all the way to dessert. Great effort has been put into giving the decor a warm and welcoming feel and truly reflects the owners’s love for the space. Be it a date or a evening of drinks and good food with your crew, you will find Nemo the perfect place for the occasion.
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(The Bombay Foodies were invited to Cafe Nemo and this was a sponsored meal. Honest reviews and opinions have been put up and written nonetheless. Photo Credits and Review Farhan Kapadia)