The Japanese restaurant YOÜMEE has launched an all-new scrumptious menu. Here is a review of some of their specialities that we tried and found amazingly unconventional
The capital city, New Delhi, has lately been a witness to the establishment of a lot of pan-Asian restaurants, which reflects a trend of sorts. Some of them are thriving with their small loyal customer base by offering a unique experience of authentic yet delectable dishes, while a few of them are straggling behind. Adding to this interesting and emerging culinary landscape is YOÜMEE, an Asian cuisine restaurant inspired by Manga, the Japanese-styled comics. Its menu is a blend of the multicultural influences drawn from Southeast Asia – the food being a window to what is available in those regions. Curated by Head Chef Rattan Kumar, the expansive menu is a mix of ramen, noodles, dumplings, prawn tempura, sushi platter, rolls, meal bowls, etc., in addition to desserts.
Giving its own twist to tapas, which is an appetiser in Spanish cuisine, with a Japanese inspiration, the restaurant has introduced ‘japas’ to offer the best of both worlds. One can relish a range of japas dishes such as Pumpkin Karaage, Chicken Star Anise with Crispy Horenso, Tobiko Gunkan and Tuna Truffle Tartare, to name a few. The ramen section has mouth-watering additions such as Kimchi Ramen, YOÜMEE Veggie Signature Ramen, Salmon Ramen and Chicken Meatballs Ramen. For mains, there is the unique set of bowl meals – either served assembled or deconstructed with assorted flavours such as Thai Style Basil Vegetables, Tofu Teriyaki Don, Chilli Bean Fish Fillet and Three Pepper Chicken.
We started off with a vegetable sushi platter, which came with three different types of sushi. The avocado and mango black rice sushi with cream cheese had a refreshing taste to it, resembling a work of art on our plates. We loved the assimilation of mango avocado and cream cheese. Fitness mavens can enjoy the black rice sushi, which will make their indulgence healthier. Next we had the Thai-flavoured asparagus and their signature New York cheese with chilli oil dimsums. We absolutely fell head over heels in love with this dish. The cheese just melted in our mouths with a subtle flavour of chilli oil. It was not any less than heaven and we recommend it strongly for all those who love cheese.
However, the dessert part of this food exploration did not live up to our expectations. We had honey toast, which had ice cream and dry fruits in it. It just did not make the cut. But rest assured, YOÜMEE did offer an unconventional dining experience that transported us from the smog-choked city to the bustling and vibrant region of Southeast Asia. As an aside, let us mention that Manga comics have a cult following across the world, where the kitchen is turned into a backdrop for romance, comedy, and intrigue. Like the cooking manga, YOÜMEE is a reflection of an overall cultural interest in food and cooking. The place is not just about fiery battles and the story; it is about the language of vegetables, meat, spices, and herbs.
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