The good stuff A watermelon starter seems like the best way to begin on a humid May evening, the ripe sweetness of the fruit balanced by a mix of Cajun spices, goat cheese toffee, liquid olives, nuts and seed emulsion (Rs.375). The “Sous Vide” Ahi Tuna, with haricot beets and cherry tomato, gets a powerful twist through two additions: olives and eggs poached for 2 hours (Rs.525). Add a hint of truffle oil and it transcends goodness. A risotto usually tends to be a bit heavy during dinner; but the Barley Risotto with five onions, mascarpone-citrus whip (Rs.565) here is much lighter—and the slightly crunchy onions casually contrast the smoothness of the risotto’s texture.
The not-so-good Chunky sofas take up a lot of the space, and they are not the most comfortable to sit on while eating—if you lean back, you are too far from the plate; lean forward, and you have no back support. The interiors are overdone. Among the consumables, the tropical cooler (vodka, tender coconut, mint leaves; Rs.495) and Cucumber-Leafy Juice (Rs.200) were disappointing. At Nido’s prices, it’s perhaps best to focus only on the excellent food.
Talk plastic A meal for two without alcohol could set you back by Rs.4,000.[box]