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There is something odd about Nusantao. Every time I go there I step through the doors and feel discombobulated. Enough so that I start using words like discombobulated. It does not look like the Four Seasons as I understand it. Where’s the floral chintz? The chandeliers? The gently tinkling harp music playing instrumental versions of Celine Dion songs? And most importantly, the waves of Fancies judging me for sullying their fancy domain with my distinctly non-fancy flip flops?
Nusantao is… cool. It’s all blue lights and massive open kitchens and a vibe that says ‘why yes, we shall have a DJ in the corner and you can rock out to a little dubstep while noshing on sushi. Shhh, shhh disgruntled Fancies, it’s going to be ok’. Their menu is also discombobulating, just because it’s massive and sprawls over all of Asia. Lunch seems like a better option; more relaxed, fewer options, easy, right?
Wrong. The menu is still big, with the option of everything from a two course to a six course extravaganza. Then there’s sushi. Oh, and the Chef’s special bento boxes. Let me just tell you: Asia should do tomato soup more often. My starter is zippy and spicy and tasty, and still… tomato soup. My friend braved the squid with pepper, which was nice and tasty but just a tiny bit soggy.
Next up is my lamb stew. Warm happiness in my tummy. And, glory of glories, naan. Homemade, hot from the oven, cheese naan in a tiny bowl. And I wish they gave me more because it’s fanstastic! Mmm, naan… Bread heaven…
Our mains themselves are solidly tasty, with decent sized portions – I make it through half before calling it quits. My friend’s wonton soup, served on a platter with a ton of different sauces and dipping options, is pretty good but, although my tummy is rollicking in lamby pleasure, I’m a teensy bit disappointed. I’m addicted to another lamb curry on their dinner menu that just didn’t quite make the cut for lunch.
Before you leave, stump for the extra QR25 and get the dessert course: Japanese cheesecake cannot be avoided. It’s lighter than the usual cheesecake, more like a gelatinous mousse (I know, sounds delicious but seriously, it’s not bad), topped with green tea ice cream. Let’s be clear: if I could top those mini naans with that ice cream and not create some sort of food demon that would suck out my soul, I would do it, and gladly at that. Mmm, naan…
The bill (for two)
1x3 course lunch QR110
1x4 course lunch QR135
1x Evian QR40
2x7 up QR60
Total (including taxes) QR345
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