“As long as there’s Pasta & Chinese food in this world. I’m Okay! “
The smell of shrimps, sizzling hot noodles and steamy soup is all you need to make you go from ‘FINE’ to ‘AWESOME SAUCE’. Growing up I was fortunate to be a part of UAE, a culturally diversified country where incorporating different cuisines to your daily meals is somewhat a tradition. Every nook & cranny has a Chinese, Arabic, Indian & Italian restaurants – meaning every weekend we got to try something new.
Last week, I got invite to Nom Nom Asia, a Cafe style Asian restaurant inspired by South-East Asian street food culture, serving both Chinese & Thai. The graffiti walls & quirky hashtag chopstick logos does catch your eye in an instance.
LOCATION & AMBIANCE
Nom Nom Asia is tucked away in Barsha 1, quite an isolated location but the trusted old GPS gets you there with no problems. Atmosphere wise, it is not overly flashy and has a very calm, subtle ambiance with the tables packed near to each other in a line very cleverly – exactly what you want from a Chinese restaurant. The only thing I didn’t like was PAID PARKING.
We were greeted by the founder/owner himself Vivek, who very beautifully explained how they select fresh seafood & meat on a weekly basis and vegetables are handpicked thrice a week themselves. The guy is very tech-friendly and I think that’s why Nom Nom Asia is so hyped on social media. We went on a Monday evening for a dinner, though the restaurant wasn’t crowded, delivery orders were back & forth the whole night. The Menu is compact yet a bit complicated offering over 108 dishes in veg, chicken, fish, prawn, tofu & beef.
As for the customer service, our servers got the food onto the table so quickly ‘Kudos’ !!
FOOD & EXPERIENCE (3.5/5)
We started off with their complimentary Prawn Chips accompanied with the authentic Chinese Trio – Soy sauce, Vinegar & Chilli Sauce. Along those we sipped their Signature drink – Thai Ice Tea served in cute mason jars, perfect for hot summers days in UAE.
Next, I ordered my go-to comfort food ‘Sweet Corn soup‘ – you can never go wrong with it.
For starters, we got their Pepper Chilli Tossed Chicken – a signature dish of Nom Nom Asia recommended by the Chef himself, and what a delight it was to eat! Crispy Dynamite Prawns – we got this thinking of Dynamite Shrimps of PF changs, at the first look I was utterly disappointed as you get jumbo prawns & their in-house sauce separately. But I have to give them, their Dynamite Sauce is a Million bucks if you are a fan of spicy get their custom made Dynamite Sauce, however, the prawns were quite flavourless.
As you continue eating, you quickly grasp that it’s an Indo-Chinese restaurant, not the traditional authentic Chinese! But they do serve ‘Have Sum Dim Sum Platter’ – an authentic Chinese dish consisting Steamed Chicken Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Siu Mai & Wontons.
For Mains, we got Nom Nom Chicken Fried Rice (Quite Normal), Hakka Noddles (Must Try) & Smokey Sizzling Hot Plate – Chicken with a blend of veggies marinated in ginger juice & garlic butter, bean sprouts & spring rolls. Nah !! The Hot Plate was my least favourite, basically because the Chicken was too hard to chew & the flavors were too mild. Also, we were served their Kung Pao Chicken & Dragon Chicken Sauce, to me both tasted quite same but were deliciously mouth watering.
Lastly, we had our hands on their Best Seller Dessert – Fried Ice Cream – sweet breaded scoop of vanilla in a warm crispy shell sprinkled with crushed almonds & chocolate sauce. It tasted as fabulous as it sounds & looks! Maybe the most heavenly & addictive desserts ever made!
VALUE FOR MONEY (4.5/5)
The best feature about them would surely be their affordable prices. You could eat your heart out under 100 AED easily with such great portions. This restaurant is perfect for takeouts – if you are interested in trying Indo-Chinese & Authentic Thai food enjoyit at the comfort of your home.
I might visit back to steal a bite of their divine Fried Ice Cream. Well as for the food, my friends & I already got their Thai food home delivered few days ago and it was too darn good & very authentic. (I would prefer to get takeaways from NOM NOM) !! Nom Nom Asia also does catering and delivery.
Address: Barsha Oasis Building, Opposite Al Maya Supermarket,Barsha 1
Telephone: 04 3929322
Opening hours : 11:15 AM to 3:45 PM and 5:50 PM to 10:55 PM